Teachers Central to Leadership (TCTL) Fellowship Program

Now in its seventh year, the Teachers Central to Leadership Fellowship (TCTL) is a unique opportunity for DCPS educators to help shape policy at the district level.

This five-week program places 5-8 educators on teams in the DCPS central office during the summer. Fellows provide critical input on issues such as curriculum, recruitment and selection of teachers, professional development, and communications. They meet weekly with DCPS leaders and have opportunities to share their perspectives and expertise. 

Fellows also contribute to the day-to-day life of their assigned teams, developing close relationships with central office staff members and gaining a unique perspective on how policies are made and programs are designed.

Past TCTL fellows have contributed to a variety of mission-critical projects, such as participating in the design of IMPACT, developing resources to support teachers on the Teaching and Learning Framework, helping to roll out the Common Core State Standards, and working to increase family involvement in our schools.

The 2015 TCTL Fellowship will run from June 29 to July 31, 2015.


After you click “Apply Now,” scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll see the TCTL application. You’ll need to sign in with your DCPS email address and password to access it. Please click here for more information about the application and selection process, and email hannah.lauber@dc.gov if you have any questions.


Highlights of the program include:

• Advising DCPS leaders on a variety of initiatives across central office
• Invitations to meetings and discussions across a broad range of topics
• Knowledge and skills development supported by training sessions and mentoring
• Participation in the daily activities of a central office team
• Opportunities to share opinions and make presentations to leadership
• Weekly small group meeting with the Chancellor, DCPS chiefs, and other education leaders

Fellowship placements

Each Fellow will be assigned to a different division of central office. Fellows will be asked to name topics of interest to them on the online application. Learn More »

What past fellows have to say

The TCTL fellowship program has hosted 5-8 fellows each summer beginning in 2009. Learn More »

Application and selection process

The fellowship is open to all current DCPS teachers and instructional coaches at the Established stage and above on the LIFT ladder. Learn More »

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