What past fellows have to say
The TCTL fellowship program has hosted 5-8 fellows each summer beginning in 2009.
The 2013 fellows’ projects included working to increase family involvement to ensure student success, developing a credit deficit prevention program, writing Common Core-aligned curricula, designing a program to pilot the use of digital textbooks in several schools, and creating professional development tools for school leaders and master educators who evaluate teachers through IMPACT.
Hear what some of our TCTL alumni have to say about the program:
"My summer as a TCTL Fellow was a meaningful and enriching experience. The professional development panels, speakers and trips engaged us in exploring educational issues in a way not usually possible during the school year.
I got to use my teacher knowledge and skills to contribute to a really meaningful project and the access to DCPS leadership provided insight and perspective on the movement and direction of reform here.
The best part were the relationships we established with each other, and with really amazing central office staff."
"The Teachers Central to Leadership fellowship was one of the most rewarding professional growth experiences of my career.
It offered me an opportunity as a classroom teacher to connect with DCPS central leadership, learn about education at a policy level, contribute to specific DCPS initiatives, but most importantly, share input from my teaching experiences in an effort to continue to move teaching and learning forward.
My understanding of DCPS grew leaps and bounds as a result of the fellowship."
"The TCTL Fellowship was incredibly rewarding. I contributed substantially to a new DCPS initiative, developed relationships with leaders at central office and teachers at other schools, and learned a great deal about the thinking behind the reform movement.
I left the fellowship inspired by the smart work I observed in central office, as well as with a renewed commitment to helping DCPS become the best urban school system in the nation."