About Teacher Leader Fellowship
The SFUSD Teacher Leader Fellowship strives to identify and develop strong teachers committed to equity-centered leadership, in order to...
Support teachers to create, foster and sustain equity-centered professional learning communities that will transform individual teacher practice and increase student success - impacting both student achievement and student experience.
Support teachers to develop as responsive facilitators for equity and social justice, able to lead professional development and change initiatives at their sites that are contextual, responsive, and strategic.
Toward the goal of...
Ensuring all students have access to personalized, equitable and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed.
Interrupting and transforming current and systemic educational inequities through a belief in grassroots change (ground up).
Voice & Beliefs
Theory of Action
Student learning improves when teachers…
Being a Teacher Leader Fellow
- Attend monthly Teacher Leader Fellow PLC meetings.
- Participate in monthly meetings with your PLL coach.
- Recruit Teachers from your site to form a Lesson Study team.
- Lead a Lesson Study team at your site (two cycles of lesson study + fall/spring public research lessons).
- Support site-based professional learning and teacher leadership
- Demonstrate implementation of SFUSD core curriculum through your lesson study cycle.
- Agree to an open door policy to share best practices across the district.
- Establish a structure for ongoing communication with your principal and staff about goals, activities and connections between the Teacher Leader Fellowship and school’s PD Plan.
- Share your learning at the Professional Learning and Leadership End of Year Event.
Managing the Role
- Extended hour pay for Teacher Leader PLC (monthly PLC)
- Up to 25 hours of extended hour pay for Teacher Leader and each member of their lesson study team (to conduct site lesson study)
- $2500 Stipend from the Quality Teacher and Education Act (Prop A) upon completion of the year-long commitment. The stipend includes compensation for preparation of public research lesson days, preparation to lead team meetings, and preparation for TLF PLC’s and End of Year Event.
- Sub release days for fall and spring public research lessons for members of lesson study team.
Project-Based Learning in the Teacher Leader Fellowship
The PBL strand of the Teacher Leader Fellowship is a community of strong teachers committed to equity-centered leadership who recognize that students learn by investigating and responding to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge. Teacher Leader Fellows (TLFs) support one another to lead for transformation through PBL; to reimagine education as the ‘practice of freedom’ for each student to discover and develop the skills and sense of self and purpose in order to participate in the transformation of their world.
TLF Selection Process
Committee members conduct paper screening, classroom observations and interviews, and final identification of Teacher Leader Fellows.
- Current site-based teacher; teacher of record
- Valid clear teaching credential in the appropriate subject matter/level
- Consistent Highly Satisfactory or Outstanding evaluations, reflected in administrator recommendation
- At least four full years of classroom teaching experience in SFUSD or other urban settings within the past seven years
- Familiarity with Common Core State Standards and SFUSD’s Core Curriculum
- Demonstrated history of success and evidence of consistently increasing student achievement for all students, especially students who are English learners, African-American, Latino, Pacific Islander, and students who have special needs
- Excellent subject matter knowledge and classroom management practices as well as effective relationships with students and families
- Culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy
- Enthusiastic about supporting the professional learning of other educators
- Eagerness to learn and grow as an instructional leader
Prior experience in a mentor/coach/support role for teachers
Apply to Teacher Leader Fellowship
Steps to Apply:
1) Familiarize yourself with program structure by reading the information on this website.
2) Make a copy of each of the following forms, and fill them out completely:
- Written Response - Leadership Track OR Written Response - PBL Track (No longer accepting applications for the 22-23 SY)
- Colleague Recommendation
- Administrator Recommendation
3) Once all documents are complete, use the Google form below to submit them.
This page was last updated on September 8, 2022