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Teacher Leadership

IPS currently has two types of Teacher/Staff Leadership opportunities:

  • School-based, full-time Teacher Leader positions in Opportunity Culture schools.
  • Other Teacher Leadership roles that are in addition to your current position.

Teacher Leadership

We are committed to identifying opportunities to elevate voices within IPS and recognize team members through additional leadership roles and compensation. This provides teachers and staff exciting avenues to learn new skills, take on additional responsibilities, and expand their impact beyond their current focus and individual school. 

The district offers seven leadership roles ranging from mentoring peers to managing school-based devices — each role includes professional development, a cohort model and annual compensation ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 that’s dependent on the role.

Role Descriptions

Change Makers

Change Makers partner with school leadership to launch a new, full-year project focused on meaningful change within their school. Each initiative pertains to at least one of the district’s four strategic priorities.

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Education Technology Leaders

Ed. Tech. Teacher Leaders promote the IPS Exemplar Schoology Guidelines as well as effective methods of implementing a blended-learning classroom.

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Mentor Teachers

Mentors play a vital role in training, supporting and inspiring student teachers and first-year teachers beginning their careers in IPS.

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Senior Mentors

Senior Mentors play a crucial role in training, supporting and inspiring Mentor Teachers as well as student teachers and first-year instructors as they launch their careers within the district.

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Professional Learning Leaders

Professional Learning Teacher Leaders support peers as they lead onboarding efforts, reinforce the district’s evaluation process, and promote professional development opportunities through the IPS Learning Portal.

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Teacher Ambassadors 

Teacher Ambassadors promote IPS, while advocating for district initiatives and stakeholders through social media and local outreach. Ambassadors’ efforts directly empower students to think critically, creatively and responsibly; embrace diversity; and pursue their dreams with purpose. 

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Additional Staff Opportunity

Device Managers (formerly SBAI – School Based Asset Inventory)

The school or program Device Manager plays a vital role in student-success, by ensuring that students and staff have laptops or tablets assigned to them and a stock of devices available for swaps and new students.

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Opportunity Culture Teacher Leadership

IPS adopted an Opportunity Culture model for teachers and students as part of our efforts to develop a world-class staff for our students and families. Opportunity Culture expands the impact of our most talented teachers by increasing the number of students they reach and investing in their ongoing leadership development. This initiative creates empowered teams of educators who are able to obtain measurable results – transforming schools, students and the city of Indianapolis.

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