Distinctive Schools believes in providing avenues for staff to demonstrate leadership. We also understand the challenges facing new teachers as they assume classroom responsibilities. To provide leadership opportunities and support, we have created a career lane system to encourage our teachers' professional growth.
The director is the instructional and operational leader of a Distinctive Schools campus. Directors serve in a role similar to that of school principal- supervising and maintaining all campus functions including school budgets, staffing decisions, and parent communication.
The assistant director works with the campus director to implement the Distinctive Schools model. Assistant directors are responsible for the following facets of school operation: working with teachers to set student goals, implementing our instructional coaching model using the Distinctive Schools Teaching Framework, providing leadership for blended learning strategies, articulating the school's vision of Next Generation learning environments, and supporting school-wide discipline to promote a safe and academically focused learning environment.
Instructional coaches are proven teachers without a specific classroom assignment who coach the campus teaching team using the Distinctive Schools Model. They spend 50% of their day working with students and modeling best practices for co-teachers while spending half the day supporting teachers' professional growth plans by providing feedback via the Distinctive Schools Teaching Framework and collaborative planning sessions.
Mentor teachers are teachers who have achieved excellent student growth. They maintain a classroom assignment while also receiving release time to help develop other teachers. Mentor teachers model instructional practice, observe, provide feedback, and co-plan to aid teachers in their professional development
Career teachers have a regular classroom assignment. They are responsible for all instruction, planning, use of data, RTI implementation, and grading. Often, career teachers assume other leadership roles at their respective campuses such as curriculum council members, tutoring coordinators, or parent liaisons.
Resident teachers are typically recent education graduates or individuals pursuing licensure in the field of education. They do not have specific classroom assignments. Much like the medical profession, residents work with our top practitioners to grow professionally and learn "on the job."