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Professional Growth and Development

Helping teachers lead from their seats

Career Pathways

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.

Learn more about the pathways to find out how you can take the next step in your career with City Schools.

Opportunity Culture

Opportunity Culture is a national initiative that extends the reach of excellent teachers and their teams to more students. All Opportunity Culture schools create collaborative teacher teams led by an excellent teacher leader, called a Multi-Classroom Leader. These schools increase the level of tailored coaching and development teachers receive to ensure that all students are empowered to hone their gifts and develop the skills they need to pursue the future that calls them.

Current teachers are encouraged to apply to become a Multi-Classroom Leader and improve teaching and learning in a school while growing as a professional. This role comes with a stipend of up to $16,500. Other roles are also available, with stipends of up to $7,500. Read the FAQ for additional details.

In 2019-20, City Schools launched Opportunity Culture at Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School, Holabird Elementary/Middle School, and Glenmount Elementary/Middle School. In 2020-21, we expanded to an additional six schools (Cecil Elementary School, Dr. Bernard Harris Sr. Elementary School, Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School , Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School, Pimlico Elementary/Middle School, Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School).

For 2021-22, we have expanded to an additional 11 schools:

  • Achievement Academy at Harbor City High
  • Arlington Elementary
  • Arundel Elementary
  • Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary/Middle
  • Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle
  • Federal Hill Preparatory Academy
  • Hamilton Elementary/Middle
  • The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle
  • John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle
  • KIPP Harmony Academy
  • Park Heights Academy

We are expanding to more schools for the 2022-23 school year.

The third and final window to apply for an Opportunity Culture role for 2022-23 will open Monday, November 22, and close Friday, January 14.  

We are hosting an information session for prospective teacher candidates on December 9 from 4-5:30. If you are interested in attending or receiving a recording of the meeting, please complete this short survey.

CEO's Teacher Advisory Council

The CEO's Teacher Advisory Council elevates teachers' voices in decisions that impact the district and schools. 

The council consists of twenty teachers who meet with Dr. Santelises on a monthly basis to discuss pressing issues, bring teachers' voices to the discussion and advise the CEO and cabinet on decisions that affect students, staff, and school communities.