Teacher Leadership Roles

  • Senior Team Lead
    The Senior Team Lead is a highly effective teacher who leads a team of teachers (aligned by grade level, content area, or other relevant grouping based on school need) in developing their ability to effectively deliver instruction and increase student outcomes. In addition to providing high-quality instruction in their own classrooms, the Senior Team Lead’s role is to build the capacity of teachers to deliver high-quality, effective instruction. The Senior Team Lead provides support to his or her team of teachers by providing 1-on-1 observation and coaching; overseeing the end-to-end LEAP growth and performance evaluation for each teacher on his/her team, including mid- and end-of-year evaluations using the Framework for Effective Teaching and the Professionalism rubric; and facilitating collaborative time amongst his or her team of teachers.

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    Team Lead
    The Team Lead is a highly effective teacher who leads a team of teachers (aligned by grade level, content area, or other relevant grouping based on school need) in developing their ability to effectively deliver instruction and increase student outcomes. In addition to providing high-quality instruction in their own classrooms, the Team Lead’s role is to build the capacity of teachers to deliver high-quality, effective instruction. The Team Lead provides support to his or her team of teachers by providing 1-on-1 observation and coaching; contributing to the LEAP growth and performance evaluation for each teacher on his/her team, including scoring observations (including the ability to score short or full observations) using the Framework for Effective Teaching; and facilitating collaborative time amongst his or her team of teachers.

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    Team Specialist
    The Team Specialist role builds the capacity of a subset of teachers (aligned by grade level, content area, or other relevant grouping based on school need) to effectively plan for and implement standards, by delivering high-quality facilitation of collaborative team time. The Team Specialist role complements the role of the Team Lead(s) by driving collaborative meetings with clear objectives, solutions-oriented problem solving, and actionable next steps. While the Team Lead may also facilitate collaborative time for subsets of teachers on their team, the Team Specialist will work with a relevant group of teachers to add to the capacity of the Team Lead and, ultimately, the school.

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    Regional Team Specialist
    The Regional Team Specialist role builds the capacity of a cohort of teachers to effectively plan for and implement standards by delivering high-quality facilitation of collaborative time. The Regional Team Specialist is responsible for leading a cohort of teachers in an aligned content area across multiple schools who may not otherwise have opportunities to collaborate in like content, grade, or focus areas. This may include teachers in Beyond the Common Core subject areas, and others who teach unique content areas in their respective buildings. The Regional Team Specialist role complements the school leader or Team Lead’s role by driving collaborative meetings with clear objectives, solutions-oriented problem solving, and actionable next steps for teachers who would best be supported in implementing standards by collaborating with colleagues in similar content areas outside of the school.

     
     
    New Teacher Ambassador
    The New Teacher Ambassador (NTA) is responsible for providing school-based logistical and social emotional support to all teachers new to DPS, including both novice and experience, in order to build a sense of community, belonging, and understanding of their role in DPS. The NTA acts as a communications hub, sharing and reinforcing information from the central office to new hires, with particular attention paid to information from the Induction Program team. The NTA serves as the primary point-of-contact for new hires entering the district. The NTA will also facilitate monthly cohort meetings with new teachers to foster holistic professional development.