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 strengthening 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 facilitating collaborative time amongst his or her team of teachers, providing 1-on-1 observation and coaching; and 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.

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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 strengthening 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 facilitating collaborative time amongst his or her team of teachers, providing 1-on-1 observation and coaching; contributing to the LEAP growth and performance evaluation for each teacher on his/her team using the Framework for Effective Teaching.

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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 leading 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.

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New Teacher Ambassador

The New Teacher Ambassador (NTA) is responsible for welcoming a team of new teachers to DPS by providing resources and supports to a team of teachers within their building. The NTA role does this by providing social emotional support and school-based logistical support to all teachers new to DPS, including both novice and experienced, 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 school’s leadership team and 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.

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