Teacher Leadership



Introducing the 2014–15 Teacher Leadership Program

  • An opportunity for teacher leaders to develop their facilitative and instructional leadership skills
  • An opportunity for principals and assistant principals to cultivate shared leadership and embed effective teacher leadership structures and practices in their school community

Program Overview

Improving schools is complex and challenging; it can’t be done without strong leadership. The New York City Department of Education is pleased to announce the expansion of the Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) for the 2014-15 school year. TLP is designed to challenge and support teacher leaders across the city in developing the content knowledge and facilitative leadership skills needed to guide instructional improvements in schools.

Upon completion of the program, participants may choose to remain in teacher leadership roles within their schools or consider applying to a principal preparation program to further strengthen their leadership skills and prepare for roles as school leaders.

Program Structure: School Teams

  • The 2014–15 Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) will include approximately 100 school teams across the NYCDOE
  • Each school team should include 2–5 teacher leaders and a school administrator from the same school who apply together by submitting one online application at http://www.nycde-leadership.fluidreview.com/
  • Teacher leaders accepted to participate in TLP must facilitate a grade/content/inquiry/data team with an instructional focus that meets a minimum of 45 minutes once a week during the 2014 -15 school year in a New York City public school.

Upon Successful Completion of the Program, Participants Will:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills to lead and support their colleagues in collaborative learning and practice aligned to the 2014–15 citywide instructional expectations;
  • Understand peer coaching models and have tools to engage in reflective practices to improve instruction;
  • Have learned and practiced using a variety of facilitation protocols for effective goal-setting, problem-solving, and reflective practices related to teacher and student work
  • Have completed a developmental portfolio demonstrating work they have facilitated with their school-based team related to a component of the citywide instructional expectations and the skills they have acquired aligned to the TLP Facilitative Leadership Standards (required for certificate of completion).

The Program Is Particularly Aligned to the Following Indicators on the Quality Review Rubric:

  • Instructional Core across Classrooms: Pedagogy (1.1 a)
  • Systems for Improvement: Leveraging Resources (1.3 b, c)
  • Systems for Improvement: Teacher support (4.1 a, b)
  • Systems for Improvement: Teacher teams and leadership development (4.2 a, b, c)

Eligibility for the 2014-15 Teacher Leadership Program

School teams should apply for the 2014–15 Teacher Leadership Program if the school, a principal or an assistant principal, and 2–5 teacher leaders meet the following eligibility criteria:

Criteria for Participating Schools
Teacher Leader Eligibility
Session Schedule
School demonstrates strong evidence of the existence of teacher teams that meet weekly, have an instructional focus, and are developing collaborative inquiry-based practices


A principal or assistant principal and at least two teacher leaders from the school who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of shared leadership practices and collaborative learning and problem-solving skills


School leaders foster a culture that supports teacher leadership development


At least two years experience as a full-time K–12 teacher

Teacher leaders who facilitate a grade/content/inquiry/data team with an instructional focus that meets a minimum of 45 minutes once a week during the 2014-15 school year in a New York City public school

Teacher leaders who are interested in further developing  their roles as teacher leaders in their school communities

Teacher leaders who may be considering other leadership roles within the NYCDOE career lattice
2014–15 sessions will take place from 4:00–7:00 p.m. on: 
  • October 15
  • October 29
  • November 19
  • December 10
  • January 7
  • January 21
  • February 11
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • May 20


Teacher leaders must commit to attending all 11 after-school sessions and completing a developmental portfolio
Principals/APs must commit to attending an orientation (Date TBA) before the program start date and at least 4 specified TLP sessions (Dates TBA)
All team members will be paid per session rate


Application Link

Click here to review the 2014-15 application process

Contact Information

Leticia Pineiro - LPineiro@schools.nyc.gov

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