AP for All Teacher Leaders are pivotal in supporting and sustaining AP for All, a program designed to ensure that by school year 2020-21 all NYC DOE high school students have access to five or more Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The position is for individuals who want to assume a role of instructional leadership that is non-evaluative while remaining connected to the classroom. Teacher Leaders must renew their credentials every two years and be selected by their principal to continue in their role annually.
AP for All currently offers furnding and support for two types of teacher leaders:
- Master Teachers are a select group of educators who work closely with multiple schools on an AP for All campus. Master Teachers are relieved of three teaching periods (60% release time) and all professional periods to execute their role responsibilities. Additionally, they work an additional eight hours each month and eight days over the summer to carry out responsibilities related to their role. They receive a $20,000 salary addition.
- Peer Collaborative Teachers also known as “PCTs,” support their colleagues inside their school. PCTs are relieved of at least one teacher period per day (20% release time) and all professional periods to execute their role responsibilities. Additionally, PCTs work an additional five hours per month and five days during the summer to carry out responsibilities related to their position. They receive a $12,500 salary addition.
For more information, please visit the NYCODE’s Career Development for Teachers page.
Credentialing of Teacher Leaders is conducted by the Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality (TRQ). Those who successfully complete this process can be staffed by their principal as an AP for All Teacher Leader. Teacher Leaders receive a stipend in addition to partial release from teaching responsibilities. Teacher leaders work additional hours each month of the school year and are required to work a set number of days in the summer.
AP Teacher Leaders in Action
Teacher Leaders are expected to support AP teachers with pedagogy and curriculum, promote teacher collaboration, particularly in the vertical alignment of curriculum, and strengthen the instructional core. The specific roles and tasks of the teacher leader are determined in collaboration with school leaders. AP for All and TRQ provide ongoing job-embedded and external training to build capacity in the five areas of instructional leadership.
Continuous and Ongoing Support
Teacher Team Leader (TTL) provide continuous coaching support responsive to the individual needs of teacher leaders.