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Development: District Office Staff

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REACH Fellowship

The REACH (Results in Education to Accelerate Change) Fellowship is an intensive executive leadership program that develops the potential of Baltimore City Public Schools district office staff to lead from their seats. The Fellowship is designed to strengthen leaders’ racial consciousness, results-orientation, and self-awareness to work collaboratively to dismantle and re-build systems that will produce better and more equitable results for City Schools students.


  • Lead from their seats to accelerate and improve equitable results for City Schools students

  • Strengthen their racial consciousness, results-orientation, and self-awareness to contribute to better and more equitable results for City Schools students

  • Balance the demands of their current positions while engaging in a year-long series of cohort leadership development opportunities

Professional Growth and Development

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).

Note: The Opportunity Culture applications are not currently open

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.

Opportunities for School Secretaries

School secretaries are key to making sure that a school's day-to-day operations run smoothly, that students and families feel welcome, and that staff members have the information they need.

The application process for the most recent cohort is now closed. Check back for future cohort opportunities.