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Master Teacher - Eligibility Pool

Date Posted: May 15, 2024

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Master Teacher - Eligibility Pool 

Location: Various Locations 

Salary: DFT Salary Schedule, plus $5,000 annual stipend 

Reports to: Principal or Designee 

Bargaining Unit: DFT

Benefits Eligible: Yes 

Telecommuting Eligibility: School-based. Not eligible for telecommuting

In accordance with the Agreement between Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced. 

Position Summary: 

A Master Teacher is an exceptional practitioner who leads from the classroom and cultivates their peers’ ability to deliver excellent instruction and increase student achievement. Master Teachers are not administrators, nor do they take on administrative roles.  Beginning the 2024-25 school year, Master Teachers will teach a full load of courses, but still serve as a demonstration classroom, member of the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) and lead professional learning for their peers. Master teachers can provide coaching support to individual teachers if release time is provided. 

A major goal of DPSCD Master Teachers is to improve a team of teachers’ abilities to effectively plan for and deliver high-quality instruction in pursuit of better outcomes for students through common planning, professional development and individualized teacher support. By creating distributive leadership structures in schools, Master Teachers — in collaboration with school leaders — will increase opportunities for feedback and growth to drive increased student achievement, while building their own capacity as leaders. 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Must possess and provide evidence of a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or an equivalent agency. 

  • Successful candidates who possess degrees beyond a bachelor’s degree will be eligible for the appropriate salary differential. 

  • Must possess a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate or Michigan Temporary Teaching Authorization (T2EA) in Elementary Education, Secondary Mathematics or Secondary English Language Arts. 

  • Must have at least three years of teacher experience with Highly Effective or Effective (or equivalent) ratings. 

  • Knowledge of best practices in instruction, assessment and student learning. 

  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to build positive relationships with students, staff and families. 

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details. 

  • Experience coaching or mentoring other teachers preferred. 

Essential Functions: 

1. Lead weekly or bi-weekly common planning sessions with content peer group. 

2. Serve on the ILT team and plan for adult learning sessions with administrators (common planning, PLC and professional development). 

3. Provide one-on-one observation, feedback and coaching support to teachers. 

4. Facilitate collaborative professional development time during before or after-school workshops, Wednesday staff meetings or district PD days. 

5. Co-plan lessons with small teams of peer teachers. 

6. Plan for common planning and professional development sessions with other Master Teachers within the Cohort at the monthly Master Teacher meetings. 

7. Use data to inform instructional decisions, including analyzing student data to inform instructional planning and tracking teacher progress in implementing effective practices.  

8. Mentor new or student teachers. 

9. Model lessons and instructional practices for peer teachers. 

10. Maintain accurate and complete records of Master Teacher interactions via logs. 

11. Execute excellent lesson delivery of core instruction and use of instructional materials as well as demonstrate high levels of student growth and proficiency.  

Application Process: 

1. Candidates who successfully pass the Master Teacher application and screening process will be placed on the eligibility list to interview at a school site. 

2. Master Teachers will receive confirmation of placement once selected by a school. 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire. 

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered. 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202. 

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