Session Date & Time
February 6, 2016

Transforming School Structures Through Teacher Leadership: A Denver Public Schools Case Study

To transform schools we must transform the teaching profession. Denver Public Schools is pioneering hybrid teacher leadership roles where exceptional teachers split their time between teaching and leading adults. Through these roles, DPS is reinventing the traditional school structure – one leader, thirty teachers –by forming a broader school leadership team comprised primarily of Teacher Team Leads. In this model, teachers are organized into strong teams led by a Team Lead. The Team Lead facilitates collaborative planning time for that group of teachers, and also observes, provides feedback and shares best-practice with each of the teachers on the team, while continuing to develop their own skills as a teacher and leader. Through this transformation, DPS is creating a unique teacher career pathway and shifting the role of a traditional school leader.