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2017-2018 Teacher Leaders Applications Now Available

AFT/BTU Teacher Leaders Program

The AFT/BTU Teacher Leaders Program is a nationwide effort to identify and bring together a select group of teachers each month throughout the year to learn how to take active leadership roles in their schools, unions, and communities. This school year, the program will develop cadres of 15 teacher leaders in locals across the country to help build and strengthen relationships with the community as well as generate support for public schools and their unions.

Key Objective: To identify and develop a cadre of teacher leaders who will serve as catalysts to strengthen the union and its connection to the community in order to generate support for public schools.

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The AFT/BTU Teacher Leaders Program will support the goals of the union locals and provide them with:

  • a strong tie to community organizations and community leaders
  • an informed teacher voice
  • a vehicle for positive messaging about public schools and their unions
  • a pipeline for future school and union leaders

Participating teachers will develop skills related to:

  • creating a collaborative culture
  • accessing and using research
  • reaching out to families and communities
  • becoming advocates for teachers, students and their families, and for public education
  • understanding policy issues and making recommendations to and through their unions
  • making oral and written presentations, including using social media

Through their participation in the AFT Teachers as Leaders Program, teachers will:

  • become conversant with both the local and national dialogue on education
  • develop relationships with local policymakers and community leaders
  • connect practice, research and policy
  • serve as a sounding board and advisory group for union leaders
  • become more actively committed to and involved in their union

Mandatory meetings are held on Saturdays from 9a.m. to 4p.m. at the BTU office, 5800 Metro Dr. Baltimore, MD 21215

October 21, 2017 January 20, 2018 April 21, 2018
November 11, 2017 February 28, 2018 *May 15-17, 2018 (actual final date TBA)
December 9, 2017 March 17, 2018

IMPORTANT Information to download:
1. Teacher Leaders Criteria and Guidelines
2. Teacher Leaders Frequently Asked Questions
3. Teacher Leaders Timeline

Click here to complete the Teacher Leaders Application

Application deadline: September 22, 2017