Program Features


Marya Levenson
"...teachers are driven by internal motivation and a vision of working in a professional educational community that seeks to improve teaching and learning for all. Knowing that great teachers are made, not born, ..."teacher leaders" also must be trained and nurtured."

Dr. Marya Levenson, author of Pathways to Teacher Leadership:
Emerging Models, Changing Roles

There are several unique features to the Brandeis Teacher Leadership EdM and AGS program:

  • The hybrid design builds a strong cohort during the in-person summer residence sessions
  • Distance learning (for two or four semesters) enables teachers to enroll in practice-based courses while they are working
  • In person and/or virtual coaches offer personalized support throughout the academic year
  • Diversity within the cohort allows teachers to learn from colleagues working in different school settings (Jewish day school, charter school, public elementary or secondary school) and to work closely with colleagues working in similar school settings

By the end of the program, all students will have developed:

  • an understanding of teacher learning and school change
  • a repertoire of approaches to embedded professional development, which will foster a professional culture of collaboration
  • skills to use research and data to improve teaching and learning within their communities
  • a plan to strengthen teacher leadership and their schools

These leadership skills, which are consistent with national "Teacher Leader Model Standards," cut across disciplines and grade levels and empower teachers to raise their voices and advocate on behalf of students and teachers.