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DPS Celebrates Five Years of Teacher Leadership and Collaboration

May. 16, 2018
DPS’ First Teacher-Leader Fellowship Announced
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Denver Public Schools (DPS) is celebrating five years of Teacher Leadership and Collaboration(TLC) and recognizing the five teachers who began in its first cohort. At a TLC school, teachers are organized into teams guided by a teacher leader, who spends about half their time providing supports to teachers on their teams – f such as coaching, evaluation, collaborative planning and reviewing student work – while continuing to work directly with students every day.

“Five years ago, members of team DPS had an idea, what if you could take your absolute favorite teacher – the one with the uncanny ability to spark joy in learning in every kid – and spread that teacher’s impact beyond a single classroom,” said Board of Education President Anne Rowe. “That’s the goal of Teacher Leadership & Collaboration, a leadership model that allows our best teachers to coach and grow other teachers in their schools while staying true to their first love, teaching their own classroom of kids.”

The innovative teaching model, with a 90% effective rating from teachers, has expanded across the district into almost every school.

“I sure wish I could have had this when I started teaching,” said Force Elementary School Senior Team Lead Cheryl Cordova. “When I first began, I’m not sure I could have imagined the impact TLC would have on students, teachers and myself.”

“Not only do I know my students well, but my teacher leader knows my students well,” said Morgan Varney, Force Elementary School teacher who is overseen by TLC five year veteran Cheryl Cordova.

Superintendent Tom Boasberg also announced a new teacher-leader fellowship, that will launch this summer with activities taking place throughout the 2018-19 school year.

“As we think about the future of TLC, and providing more opportunities for teachers to authentically lead without leaving the classroom, we are excited to announce our first cohort of the Thrive Fellowship,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “The goal of Thrive will be to provide our strongest teacher leaders with an opportunity to extend their impact and deepen their instructional leadership.”