Teacher Leadership Program

The Arizona Science Teachers Association, in partnership with AzTEA and AATM, brings you a unique program that promotes professional excellence of both experienced and novice K-12 science, math, and STEM teachers.
The Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) builds capacity of science, math, and STEM teachers through unique partnerships:

  • Novice teachers (first 1-5 years) are matched with a mentor teacher and focus on co-development of knowledge and skills leading to exemplary practice
  • Experienced teachers (5+ years) develop leadership and mentoring knowledge and skills to support their novice teacher partner

Registration Currently Open

Participate! Benefits of the ASTA TLP!


  • Improve teacher capacity and excellence
  • Retain both new AND experienced teachers


  • Partnership between experienced and novice teachers for professional growth and collegiality
  • Development and application of leadership skills that promote instructional excellence
  • Exemplary professional development opportunities focused on individualized growth plans for content and pedagogical efficacy

Through program evaluation measures, the TLP has been shown to provide counteractive measures that reduce feelings of isolation and promote professional relationships that result in career satisfaction and increased instructional efficacy. These characteristics are integral to teacher retention.


To attain program objectives, with a focus on research-based professional learning, the following interrelated Professional Development components are provided:
• Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) training
• Classroom observations/reflections
• Face to face professional learning sessions
• Annual Science, Technology or Math conference
• Online activities and interactive reflection weekly
• Yearly development of leadership action plans for mentors
• Development and publication of teacher tip videos
• Access to Educational articles
• Support for presentations at conferences
• Coaching training
• Lesson Study which includes lesson plan development
• Summer leadership (mentors)/content development or classroom management (protégés) institutes

To learn more about the Year 1 Curriculum:  Year 1 Curriculum/Dates for 2017-18 Academic Year


Member of ASTA, AATM, or AzTEA
Novice science, math, or STEM teacher in first 5 years or practice
Experienced science, math, or STEM teachers with more than 5 years in practice
Full participation of regular online activities: monthly meetings, weekly partner communication
Access to broadband Internet
Ability to be out of classroom 2-4 days/year for professional activities                           Completion of program evaluation


Cost/Participant – $2,000/year (annual costs for up to 3 years). Each year the participants re-register. The professional development is targeted at different areas of growth for the teachers each year.  REGISTER NOW – ONLY $1000

Apply now to take advantage of a $1000 discount thanks to APS Foundation

Cohorts of teachers participate year to year, for 1 to 3 years, with targeted professional development each year.
Registration is now open for Cohort E for the 2017-18 academic year.

The cost of the TLP covers:

  • Registration expenses for conferences/institutes/workshops included in the TLP curriculum
  • Professional resources (books, online articles, blog opportunities, etc)
  • Travel stipend for TLP sponsored events and training
  • Annual stipend
    Payment is due October 15th

To learn more about the Teacher Leadership Program as a protégé participant, click here.
To learn more about the Teacher Leadership Program as a mentor, click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

AZ Statistics Regarding Teacher Retention