Teacher Leadership

Lead Teacher

Lead Teacher

Lead Teachers spend half of their time in the classroom and the remaining half of their time providing professional development to teachers. Lead Teachers’ classrooms serve as labs for demonstrating best practices and implementing Common Core curriculum. Outside the classroom, Lead Teachers facilitate grade-level or subject-area meetings, serve as “critical friends” to colleagues through coaching and feedback, and help to build trust and collegiality among teachers. Lead Teachers work four hours per month outside of the normal workday, begin their role five days prior to the start of the school year, and receive a pay incentive of $10,710.

Skills Needed to Enter Program or Role:

  • Must be tenured by September 1, 2013
  • Record of advancing student learning
  • Exemplary teaching practice, skills, and knowledge
  • Strategic and organizational skills
  • Leadership and personal effectiveness
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with others
  • Motivation, coaching, and listening skills

Skills Gained:

  • Advanced coaching, facilitation, collaboration, and leadership skills
  • Opportunities to test new strategies in the classroom
  • DOE-United Federation of Teachers’ Teacher Center (UFTTC) collaboration offers professional development focused on adult leadership and implementation of citywide instructional expectations 

Key Dates:

  • Spring 2013: Application and central selection for Lead Teacher candidate pool
  • Summer 2013: School-based selection and hiring of Lead Teachers
  • September 2013 – June 2014: Lead Teachers serve in role (may continue in role for consecutive years based on principal’s decision); Professional development provided by DOE-UFTTC collaboration throughout year 


The 2013-2014 application is now closed. The 2014-2015 application will be available in spring 2014.

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