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Career Pathways for Teachers

Under the contract with the Baltimore Teachers Union, City Schools teachers can take control of their careers and grow within a system of career pathways and salary intervals. Movement from one pathway to the next is determined by peer reviews that weigh instruction, leadership, continual learning, and student growth.

For more information, browse this webpage or email the Joint Governing Panel.

The Career Pathways

Standard

Focus: Developing instructional practice with professional development

Professional

Focus: Classroom success, additional school-based roles

Model

Focus: Modeling excellence, leadership, creating PD

Lead

Focus: Leading work to improve student and school performance

Moving from standard to professional

To move from the Standard Pathway to the Professional Pathway, a prerequisite is to earn a Standard Professional Certificate (SPC).  

Moving from professional to model

Candidates go through a rigorous peer review process to demonstrate their excellence. Find more information in this overview.

Moving from model to lead

Leads may carry up to a 25% teaching or service load and dedicate the remainder of their time to leadership and collaboration with the school administrators in one or more investment areas:

  • Researching and implementing instructional strategies aligned with the district's instructional framework and Maryland's College and Career-Ready Standards
  • Developing and providing targeted instructional coaching to teachers
  • Developing grade- and school-level systems for identifying students in need of support and creating, implementing, and adapting interventions 
  • Defining and managing partnerships with parents, community members, and organizations
  • Researching, developing, and managing blended learning to individualize combinations of face-to-face and online instruction

Leads are selected through a competitive process that includes an application and professional recommendations.

Find out more information about moving from the model to lead pathway