The Office of Teaching and Learning provides support for K-12 School-Based Teacher Leaders (SBTLs) across the District.   SBTLs receive support through leadership and content development, peer site visits, feedback sessions, and individualized coaching.  Click on the tabs below to learn more about and access resources related to SBTL supports.

SBTL Professional Development

All SBTLs are required to attend a K-12 leadership session each month. SBTLs will also be able to select into grade-band specific content sessions that best reflect their role.  All SBTL PD will assume a “mix-and-match” or “choose your own adventure” format to meet the needs of each teacher-leader and school.

  • For dates and times for all PD sessions, click HERE
  • 22/23 Scope and Sequence for Leadership and Content PDs: HERE
  • For slide decks, recordings, and resources from 22/23 PD sessions, click HERE

K-12 SBTL Leadership Professional Development

Required sessions are not delineated by grade band but are designed for all K-12 SBTLs to attend together. Each monthly PD will be offered four times over the course of two days to ensure SBTLs can select a date/time that works best for their schedule.

Content-Specific Professional Development

These sessions are designed for specific grade bands.  Approximately every four weeks SBTLs will attend the content session(s) that align with their role and responsibilities. SBTLs are encouraged to attend all content sessions for their respective grade bands in order to make cross-curricular connections.

MTSS Foundation for SBTLs (September 13 & 19, 2022)

The MTSS Foundations session is designed to set SBTLs up for success as they take an active role in the MTSS process.

SBTL 101 (September 27, 28, & 29, 2022)

This 3-morning PD series, designed for SBTLs in years 1-3, introduces the basic role and responsibilities of the SBTL as an instructional leader, embeds practice time of key skills, and allows teacher leaders to build a network of peers for support.

SBTL Coaching

Voluntary one-on-one School-Based Teacher Leader (SBTL) coaching is offered by the Office of Teaching and Learning in order to increase the ongoing growth and targeted development of each teacher leader and the teachers they support. The purpose of pairing SBTLs with a Teacher Leader Coach is to strengthen the SBTLs skills essential for success focusing on peer coaching, leading professional learning communities (PLCs), and data analysis.

To view the coaching expectations click HERE
For more information or to sign up for a coach, please email the Director of Teacher Leadership (Dr. Amy Summa, asumma@philasd.org)

SBTL Site Visits

Site Visits are designed for peers to provide feedback and support to SBTL peers at a debrief session supported by an OTL team member. The visits provide a collaborative and solutions-orientated environment where SBTLs create action steps to implement immediately and practice skills and competencies that have been a focus of professional development sessions.

For more information on hosting or attending a Site Visit, please email Catherine Clever (K-8), cclever@philasd.org, or Jill Stevenson (High School), jmyarnall@philasd.org.

SBTL Feedback Sessions are an opportunity for SBTLs to work one-on-one with a member of the Office of Teaching and Learning’s Teacher Leader Team.  This partnership is to act as a space where SBTLs can receive real-time feedback on an area of their choosing (i.e. specific areas of the coaching cycle, classroom visits, debrief preparation,  leading professional learning, etc.)

These sessions are designed as stand-alone support where SBTLs will leave with data, notes, and next steps to assist in increasing their instructional impact of the school, teachers, and students they support. Additionally, feedback sessions are designed to complement SBTL professional development and site visits led by the Teacher Leader Team.

Feedback Sessions will begin taking place beginning in Spring 2023. Check back here for a link to sign up!

Monthly Bulletins

Check out the monthly K-12 SBTL Bulletins HERE.  If you’re a current SBTL and you’re not currently receiving bulletins via email, please contact professionaldevelopment@philasd.org.

Exemplary Teaching Video Library – SBTL Resource Page

This section of the Exemplary Teaching Video Library includes videos of Professional Learning Cycle Meetings and Coaching Debriefs.  You can access the page HERE (use the passcode SBTL).  We’ll keep updating this page so check back often!

Teacher Leader Competencies

The School District of Philadelphia’s competencies were developed through an internal task force, led by the Office of Leadership Development.  The task force created an aligned vision for leadership in the School District of Philadelphia.  The design of the competencies assists in promoting role responsibilities and a career pathway that promotes strong leadership at each career milestone.
Below are the competencies which are the foundation of all leadership development provided by the Office of Teaching & Learning for the District’s teacher leaders.

  • Click HERE to access the 22/23 Leadership Competencies and the Teacher Leader Success Rubric.

Other Leadership Opportunities

Click HERE for an up-to-date list of current leadership opportunities within the School District of Philadelphia.

Teacher Leader Resources

For additional resources related to the SBTL role, check out THIS page!

Teacher Leader Archives

For PD slide decks and bulletins from previous years, click HERE.