For Districts and States

Transforming districts through competency-based career pathways

Teaching Matters partners with districts to develop career-pathways that move qualified teachers into leadership roles.

CHALLENGE: Typical “sit and get” professional learning rarely meets the needs of either teachers or school systems. Teachers want professional learning that directly ties to the work they do in school and advances their careers.  Districts need to develop teachers to address critical priorities and build a pipeline of leaders with specialized skills.

SOLUTION: Teaching Matters partners with districts to design competency-based career pathways that can be implemented at scale and target the most pressing talent development needs in the system.  Our focus is to help districts identify the “right teachers for the right roles.”

Our Approach

Developing Career Pathways

Developing Career Pathways

Define roles, key competencies and incentives

Practice-Based Coaching

Practice-Based Coaching

Online personalized mentoring and feedback.

Recognize Skills with Micro-credentials

Recognize Skills with Micro-credentials

Assess mastery of competency through job-embedded performance tasks

Learning Model


Access virtual coaching and online content to build knowledge.


Demonstrate competency through clinical practice.


Collect evidence of competency and submit for feedback.


Refine work based on feedback from expert coaches.


Earn a micro-credential, a digital badge showing mastery of a competency.

Our Competencies:

Improve the overall quality and diversity of your district’s Teacher Leader candidate pool through this competency-based approach.

Strategizing for Assessment

Teachers strategically plan rigorous formative assessments that align with state standards to monitor student progress.

Analyzing Student Work

To understand instructional gaps and execute new strategies, teachers systematically analyze results of formative assessments.

Planning Professional Learning

Teachers plan and implement high-quality, data-driven professional learning sessions centered on students’ learning needs.

Stepping into a Formal Teacher Leader Role

Teachers work with school leaders and colleagues to formalize a vision and year-end goals for the formal teacher leader role.

Build teacher leaders to foster a culture of support and development through mastery of the following competencies.

Team Builder

Improve team functioning and foster a culture of support and development for educators and students.

Change Agent

Align school-wide priorities and goals and collaborate with school leaders to make decisions around teacher and student learning.

Communicator-in- Chief

Model effective communication skills and demonstrate awareness of teachers’ diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Protocol Pro

Select and implement process of group protocols to help teachers and teams work collaboratively to solve problems, make decisions, manage conflict, and promote meaningful change.


Use facilitation skills to mediate, build trust, and encourage ownership among teachers to build productive dialogue and teacher learning.

Digital Dynamo

Use appropriate technologies to promote professional learning and consistent collaboration.

Team Analyst

Guide team in regularly analyzing team function and recognize where adjustments are necessary to advance a team.

Build a pool of teacher leaders to facilitate the use of research, assessments and data to improve your school culture through mastery of the following competencies.

Data Driver

Coaching to facilitate the use of research, assessments and data for improvement, leading to improved student learning


Guides teachers in analyzing and revising, or creating, rigorous, accessible, and standards-aligned common formative assessments

Data Analyst

Guides challenging conversations about classroom practice and student learning using data via effective execution of protocols or guidelines

Goal Setter

Guides team in identifying learning gaps, establishing evidence-based student learning goals, and evaluating progress related to established goals


Guides teachers in unpacking appropriate educational research linked to data.

Facilitate improvements in instruction and student learning through teacher leaders who master the following competencies.

Instructional Coach

Facilitate improvements in instruction and student learning.

Learning Facilitator

Execute a strategic coaching plan that guides teachers towards improved practice and engages teachers in examining classroom practice.

Standards Ambassador

Prioritize instructional coherence across teams through understanding and implementation of standards.

Instructional Specialist

Promote instructional strategies that ensure student learning remains the central focus of instruction.

Feedback Champion

Strengthen teaching practice and improve student learning by providing clear and constructive feedback to teachers.

Capacity Builder

Harness the skills of teachers to advance teacher and student learning and orchestrate an effective team utilizing each team members’ strengths.


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