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Teachers Central to Leadership (TCTL) Fellowship Program

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.

Please meet the 2017 TCTL Fellows here!

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 power lunches 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.

Below are the offices in which TCTL Fellows could potentially be placed:

  • Office of the Chief of Schools (OCOS) serves as a critical link between schools and Central Office by creating coherent, equitable structures and inspiring outstanding leadership.
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO)  is responsible for guiding the operations functions for all 111 schools within the District.
  • Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS) works with the Chancellor to provide strategic direction to DCPS. We do this by using data to track our strategic goals, allocating resources based on organizational needs, and ensuring that the public and political leaders understand DCPS’ success.
  • Office of Family and Public Engagement (OFPE) manages relationships with parents and families, community engagement initiatives and partnerships, press conferences and releases, and website strategy and technology initiatives.
  • Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is responsible for delivering high-quality instructional resources, enhance classroom practice and scale effective programs to increase DCPS student achievement and prepare all students for success in college, career, and life.
  • Office of Instructional Practice (OIP) has a mission to ensure that DCPS teachers and principals have the skills they need to provide outstanding instruction for every student, every day.
  • Office of Talent and Culture (OTC) is a catalyst for dynamic cooperation, collaboration, and change throughout the organization. We aspire to be the model for excellence, equity, and leadership in hiring great talent, providing high-quality service, and inspiring an efficient and engaged workforce.