Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Wolfe that provides teachers with opportunities for professional advancement has been signed into law by Gov. Christie. The bill, S-165/A-448 creates a formal career path for teachers who would like to take on supervisory roles. As part of their teaching certificate, teachers can now earn a “teacher-leader” designation that will allow them to advance as leaders or supervisors while remaining in the classroom.
“There are many teachers who would like to take on administrative roles, but don’t pursue that avenue because they love teaching and don’t want to leave the classroom,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean, a retired psychology professor and college administrator. “Now they don’t have to choose one or the other. This new law will allow teachers to take on various leadership roles within their school while simultaneously allowing them to teach. This will help ensure schools remain focused on instruction.”
Under the bill, a Teacher Leader Endorsement Advisory Board in the Department of Education (DOE) will be created to make recommendations to DOE regarding the program of study for the “teacher-leader” designation. The program will provide enhanced skills training to prepare a teacher to take on various leadership roles within the schools, including instructional or curriculum specialists, peer mentors, instructional coaches, data coaches and other supervisory roles.