2018-2019 Teacher Leader Applications are Now Available

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.

Click here to complete the Teacher Leaders Application
Application deadline is September 28, 2018

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 (5800 Metro Dr. Baltimore, MD 21215).

Click here to complete the Teacher Leaders Application
Application deadline is September 28, 2018


Program Dates: 

October 20, 2018 January 12, 2019 April 13, 2019
November 17, 2018 February 9, 2019 *May 14-16, 2019 (Final Session)
December 15, 2018 March 16, 2019


IMPORTANT information to download:

  1. 2018-2019 AFT Teacher Leaders Program Overview
  2. 2018-2019 Criteria and Guidelines
  3. 2018-2019 Teacher Leader Timeline
  4. 2018-2019 Teacher Leader FAQ

Click here to complete the Teacher Leaders Application
Application deadline is September 28, 2018