Teacher Leader

Role Overviews

NYC Teacher Career Pathways

Teacher Leader Essential Understandings

Leader as Learner

  • Learns alongside colleagues, maintains a non-evaluative position, and prioritizes deep reflection

  • Sets pedagogical and leadership learning goals for self, seeking colleague support

Stewardship & Servant Leadership

  • Strategically collects data on school community needs prior to taking action

  • Amplifies voice and need of students, caregivers, and colleagues, with a keen eye on leveraging assets

Equity-Centered

  • Identifies inequitable policies and practices through data and conversations with the school community and disrupts them through advocacy, inclusion, and enduring structural change

NYC Teacher Career Pathways

Teacher Leadership Roles

  • Model Teachers (MoT) are highly skilled educators with a passion to lead adult learning through their laboratory classroom. By practicing and modeling the “lead-learner” stance in the school community, Model Teachers promote critical reflection on local instructional practices in order to increase effectiveness for diverse groups of students. They create a welcoming lab classroom environment for teachers to continuously and collaboratively reflect, grow, and explore innovative instructional strategies. They receive a $7,500, responsibility-based, salary addition.


  • Peer Collaborative Teachers (PCT) are highly skilled educators with a passion to support many aspects of school-wide growth. Like Model Teachers, PCTs promote critical reflection on local instructional practices in order to increase effectiveness for diverse groups of students. PCTs may also support their colleagues through focused mentoring or coaching, structured intervisitation initiatives, collaborative teacher teams, and/or designing meaningful opportunities for professional growth. They receive a $12,500, responsibility-based, salary addition.


  • Master Teachers (MaT) are teachers who are driven to impact both local school culture and broader campus or district level systems and structures. Like PCTs, MaTs promote critical reflection on instructional practices, in order to increase effectiveness for diverse groups of students. Additionally, they support their colleagues through focused mentoring or coaching, structured intervisitation initiatives, collaborative teacher teams, and/or designing meaningful opportunities for professional growth. Working closely with colleagues, school leaders, and district leaders, MaTs strategize the evolution of pedagogy across systems by constructing enduring structures. They receive a $20,000, responsibility-based, salary addition.

Role Overviews

MoT Role Overview 2020.pdf

Model Teacher


PCT Role Overview 2020.pdf

Peer Collaborative Teacher

MaT Role Overview 2020.pdf

Master Teacher


Teacher Leadership in the UFT Contract

To review the 2018 UFT Memorandum of Agreement for the Teacher Contract, click here (pg 22, section 13)