Brandeis-Waltham Teacher Leader Fellowship
The Brandeis-Waltham Fellowship
“This program has been a transformative personal experience in so many ways. Though I have long considered myself a teacher leader, I now feel as if I am finally learning the skills to truly live up to the title.”
If you are interested in becoming a Lead Teacher in Waltham Public Schools or earning administrative licensure, we invite you to apply to the Brandeis-Waltham Teacher Leader Fellowship. The Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program helps teachers learn the skills they need to work effectively with colleagues to improve instruction and strengthen school culture. Participants who complete the Brandeis-Waltham AGS two summers/one year Teacher Leadership Fellowship:
- Earn 24 graduate credits and
- Gain invaluable support while serving in their Lead Teacher role
The program combines face-to-face graduate coursework during two 3-week summer sessions at Brandeis and online coursework during the school year. You get an individual coach who will help you work effectively with colleagues and administrators on an initiative to strengthen teaching and learning in your school. Waltham pays 25% of the tuition for the AGS, and Brandeis will give you a scholarship of up to 50%.
Since the partnership between WPS and Brandeis began five years ago, 24 Waltham educators have participated (or are currently participating) in the program, and here’s what they have to say:
"The quality of the faculty for every course has been excellent, and the course work was directly relevant to my teaching and goals as a teacher leader...I would highly recommend the program to any teacher who wishes to enhance both their practice and teacher leadership skills."
“Through the program, and with considerable guidance from my coach, I have worked to implement structured, focused and embedded professional development in my school, which has not only had a positive effect on the teachers, but has emanated out to the students.”
Second Year Options
There are now also two choices for an additional year of study and credentialing:;
- Courses leading to administrative certification at Salem State University (Salem State has agreed to count the first year of the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program as a substitute for the first year of their Educational Leadership program for up to 6 years after a teacher completes their studies at Brandeis)
- Courses focused on teacher leader action research leading to an EdM in Teacher Leadership at Brandeis University
Waltham teachers who already have a master's degree and satisfactorily complete either second-year leadership program will be able to move into the CAGS lane.