Your Career Starts Here
Your Career Starts Here
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) views all of its teachers as Teacher Leaders. These are the collaborators who undertake various roles supporting their colleagues and school communities, working to strengthen and edify one another. They are the trailblazers who work to improve the outcomes and success of each and every student. Teacher Leaders shape the culture of their schools, improve student learning, and influence practice among their peers.
The life of a teacher leader
Ryan Parker is an eighth grade English teacher and district consultant in Manchester. He teaches teachers how to teach with a focus on culturally relevant pedagogy and restorative justice.
School Leadership Roles
- Set an academic vision and supervise staff to reach it.
- Build school culture and establish relationships with students, parents and the community.
- Provide professional development plans for teacher growth.
- Report to the principal and assist in realizing a shared vision for success.
The making of a school leader
Read how Manuel Zaldivar Barahona from the Consolidated School District of New Britain grew his career—from elevator operator, to paraeducator, to teacher, to principal!
Teachers can collaborate with administrators and the school board by serving on regular committees that help continually improve education throughout the district.
The Leadership Committee discusses issues and concerns (both academic and behavioral), develops and revises district policies and procedures, and provides input on initiatives and district priorities.
The Curriculum Committee is made up of administrators, teachers and community members. They review and approve curriculum and texts, and make recommendations to revise programs, add new programs and modify policy.
The Professional Development and Evaluation Committee (PDEC) consists of teachers, administrators, union representatives and office staff. This committee develops and defines the professional learning opportunities in the district in addition to informing improvements to the teacher evaluation and support plan.
The TEAM Coordinating Committee consists of mentor teachers, administrators and union representatives who plan, oversee, implement and monitor the district’s Teacher Education and Mentoring program.
Setting a vision for the district
After Daisy Torres became the first in her family to graduate college, she went on to teach in the community where she grew up. Now, she's the Director of English Learner Services, Dual & World Language Programs for Hartford Public Schools.
Policy, Advocacy and Academia
Sometimes full-time or sometimes alongside your teaching responsibilities, serve with your union in leadership roles (typically elected) to address teacher concerns, negotiate contracts, and serve as a liaison between your school and the union.
Advocating for students nationwide
Miguel Cardona began as a 4th grade teacher in his hometown of Meriden. From there, he became Connecticut's youngest principal, a district Superintendent, Commissioner of Education, and now the top education post —US Secretary of Education.
Once a teacher, always a teacher!
Take your passion anywhere
Kelly Villar fell in love with the Iditarod sled dog race the moment she learned about it. After incorporating it into her lesson plans for almost 19 years, she applied to become the 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail!™
Follow Kelly's journey from teacher to trail blogger and curriculum designer!