A Day in the Life of a Teacher Leader
LEAP was created by the district and is the nation’s first Common Core-aligned adult learning curriculum. TNTP is particularly interested in the program because it aligns to some of what the organization learned about teacher development in The Mirage—that customization, clear and consistent feedback, and innovative thinking about what the teaching job could look like might all be steps in the right direction when it comes to helping teachers improve.
The main components of the LEAP program are weekly 90-minute group seminars, in-class observations, and one-on-one mentoring, all run by LEAP Leaders. At some schools, these Leaders are teachers who spend part of their time running LEAP seminars and part of their time in the classroom, while in Rhonda’s case, the LEAP Leader is a former teacher who now works on LEAP full-time.