New credentials are making it possible to have teacher leaders advance their careers by helping other teachers.
A new training program in New Jersey will allow teachers to mentor their peers while remaining in the classroom instead of advancing by moving into administration.
The state will create a new class of “teacher-leaders”. Governor Christie signed the bill which passed the legislature with no opposition.
The bill had strong support from the New Jersey Education Association. According to teacher’s union spokesperson Steve Baker, teachers will have new opportunities for advancement, while providing incentive for those who are strong and passionate about teaching.
“Excellent teachers do so much good in the classroom,” said Steve Baker, a spokesman for the teachers’ union. “We want to make sure that they have the opportunity to continue to practice their craft but also to share their knowledge and their skills with others.”