A deep exploration of classroom mastery coupled with the skills and mindset needed to support and lead peers constitute the dual domains of NAATE's Teacher Fellow Program. Clusters of top tier teachers from schools across the country come together for a rigorous case-based program examining real world problems of daily practice. Readings are diverse and balance research, theory, and practice (see The NAATE Curriculum).
"I knew that if this is what the pre-work looked like … we had a lot of challenging intense work ahead of us. That is what I was looking for … to be pushed and challenged as a teacher.” – Jessica Mansouri
Who Qualifies for the Teacher Leader Program?
Rigor, drive, humility and perseverance. A NAATE Teacher Fellow must meet a demanding set of criteria in order to fully benefit from our program. As such, principals must be involved in the nomination and selection process. The coursework will challenge even the most scholarly and not all who qualify are able to endure. The below table provides the critical traits necessary for teachers to excel within NAATE.
Core content area
Capacity to lead adults
Zeal for professional growth
Intellectual curiosity and capacity
The will to question beliefs, values and ideas
Ability to be reflective
Receptive to new ideas and approaches
Positioned to increase influence within school
Stamina and perseverance
Committed to classroom teaching and remaining in the classroom for at least two years
Arrive in small cluster from participating school
Teacher Leader Program Options
NAATE offers two program options to suit schools' and teachers' preferences regarding summer schedules and time spent out of classrooms. Fellows in each program spend 350 hours of intense learning, including pre-work for each session equivalent to 5 hours per program day.
10 days in summer
3 days in winter
10 days in summer
School Year Program
5 days during both fall and spring of first academic year
3 days in summer
5 days during both fall and spring of second academic year