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: Teaching & Learning (link here) and Supporting & Leading (LINK here). Clusters of top tier teachers from schools across the country come together for a rigorous discussion-based learning program examining real world problems of daily practice. Pre-readings are diverse and cover a broad range of topic research, theory, and practice (see The NAATE Curriculum). The case studies discussed in the program represent real situations and problems faced in everyday practice.
"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 Lundy
Who Qualifies for the Teacher Leader Program?
Perseverance, humility and a drive to learn. Those are the elements of the NAATE shield. 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 qualified. The below table provides the critical traits necessary for teachers to excel in the NAATE Program.
- Top-tier performer
- Experienced (three years +)
- Acumen in 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
- Competence in collaboration
- Committed to the profession of classroom teaching
NAATE admits participants of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin