Teacher leader endorsement
NJEA’s tenure, evaluation, and professional development plans are all dependent on a culture of cooperation and collaborative learning among teachers, led by highly qualified, experienced educators who serve as Teacher Leaders and mentors to their colleagues.
We propose creating a Teacher Leader endorsement on the standard instructional certificate that would codify the skills, knowledge, and requirements necessary to fulfill that role, and allow districts to recognize and reward those who are qualified to lead and choose to do so. Requirements would be high, and only experienced educators who intentionally pursue additional education and training would qualify to earn the endorsement.
To avoid conflicts of interest and disputes among colleagues, Teacher Leaders would not be involved in supervising their colleagues or formally evaluating their work. That would remain the responsibility of administrators. But they would serve as coaches, mentors, and facilitators of professional learning.