About Our Schools


The first few years of a teacher’s career are critical opportunities for supporting their growth and development so that they may most effectively support student achievement.  Through pre-service work with university partners, mentoring/induction supports, early career initiative, and After-School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) courses, we offer early career teachers varied opportunities to develop their teaching skills and positively impact student learning. 

Partnership for Teacher Excellence
A collaboration between the Department of Education and university partners, the Partnership for Teacher Excellence is focused on recruiting, preparing, and retaining highly effective secondary math and science teachers.  A key component of this preparation is the time spent in specially selected “host schools” throughout the city working with collaborating teachers. 

Mentoring provides new teachers with non-judgmental, non-evaluative relationships with seasoned colleagues.  In these relationships, new teachers are able to learn to: implement effective teaching practices, assess student learning in varied ways, and identify resources inside and outside of the school which can support student learning. 

 After-School Professional Development Program (ASPDP)
"P" courses, offered through the ASPDP are designed to equip educators (teachers, secretaries, and other school-based personnel) with the skills and abilities to increase student achievement. 

Teacher Development Toolkit
The Office of Teacher Development provides resources aligned to the Professional Teaching Standards on the Teacher Page. This “Teacher Development Toolkit” will provide opportunities for teachers to become deeply familiar with examples of effective teaching practices, assess themselves against the competencies, and then engage in varied learning experiences to support their growth and development.

Teacher Data Initiative
The Department of Education provides Teacher Data Reports to help principals and teachers better understand how individual teacher efforts influence student progress. The reports help answer questions about how teachers impact the performance of difference groups of students (top third, bottom third, English Language Learners, special education, male, female). School teachers and leaders use the report as a tool for improving instruction.

More information on the Teacher Data Reports can be found in the Teacher Data Toolkit.