We Are The Baltimore Teacher Network


We Are The Baltimore Teacher Network


We Are The Baltimore Teacher Network

Our Mission

Our Mission is to grow, sustain, and retain a vibrant group of professional teachers in Baltimore who: mutually support each other's teaching practice; influence local school reform policy through public debates and publications; and jointly create work environments that encourage true teacher leadership and on-going innovation.

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The Baltimore Teachers Network was founded in 1998 by a group of teachers and administrators associated with the Resident Teacher Program. They recognized the political nature of their work and the need for teacher support that was based on the experience of teachers and their classrooms.

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Young Scholars in Service (YSIS)

BTN and ConneXions has partnered to develop an academic, social and artistic community learning center that enriches the lives of our students, their parents and families. The Young Scholars in Service (YSIS) after school enrichment program aims to be a cluster of academic clinics highlighting curriculum aligned with Maryland's College & Career Readiness Standards and Common Core...

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Program Overview

Baltimore City Teaching Residency provides an accelerated pathway into teaching for accomplished professionals and recent college graduates who aren’t yet certified as educators, but who possess the dedication and content knowledge to teach in some of Baltimore’s highest-need schools. You may have built a successful career, and now wish to give back as a teacher. You could be an accomplished recent graduate who now wants to share your passion for learning with Baltimore’s students. Whatever your background, you believe that every student can achieve at a high-level and will do whatever it takes to help them get there.

We are currently seeking outstanding candidates to teach critical-need subjects, including science, math, English, elementary education, early childhood education, and special education.

Benefits of Teaching in Baltimore

“I grew a lot as a first-year teacher, and Baltimore City Teaching Residency played a key role in that. As a third-year teacher, I’m already a literacy coach at my school” — Matt Piwowarczyk, 2011 Resident

Trusted Program. Since 2002, the Baltimore City Teaching Residency has trained more than 2,000 teachers who have helped transform city schools. Despite recent progress, the need remains great — more than a third of students still do not graduate on schedule. Principals and district officials appreciate Residents’ talent and trust they will continue playing a key role in ensuring that Baltimore students catch up to their peers.

Classroom-Centered Training: Our training is radically simple: focused practice on key skills to get new teachers off to a strong start. With intensive summer training and ongoing coaching from experienced teachers that continues throughout the first year in the classroom, Teaching Fellows practice, reflect, and improve until they master the craft of great teaching.

Certification that Counts: We hold the highest standards for certification of any program in the country. Upon graduating our program, Residents are recognized not simply as certified teachers, but as having a proven track record of classroom success.

Full Salary and Benefits: While pursuing certification, Teaching Fellows work full-time at a school in the Baltimore City Public Schools district and earn a full teacher’s salary plus comprehensive benefits. In 2014-15, first-year teachers in the district earned approximately $47,950 and top teachers have the opportunity to expand their roles and can earn more than $85,000 early in their careers, ranking Baltimore among the top-paying districts in Maryland.

Eligibility Requirements Baltimore City Teaching Residency is part of TNTP’s national network of Teaching Fellows programs. Though our programs share a common mission, they are as unique as the communities they serve.

Qualifications and eligibility for Baltimore City Teaching Residency*:
  • Must have bachelor’s degree by June 15, 2017
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to pass an FBI background investigation
  • Must not be a certified teacher
  • Must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA*
*Qualifications, including minimum undergraduate GPA, vary by program. For program requirements in other locations, please visit our website. How to Apply Interested in becoming a certified teacher? Apply before our upcoming deadline here. Already certified? Register to receive updates about our Nevada Teacher Corps program for certified teachers.

We Are Recruiting!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer – and getting excited about the start of school in just a few weeks.

As we prepare for a successful start to our school year, the Office of Human Capital is launching a campaign to recruit more great teachers and staff. And who better to help us find strong candidates than you? You have a unique perspective on the impact a teacher and other staff members can have on students and the deep satisfaction a teacher and other staff feel in leading students to reach their full potential.

We invite you to refer friends, family members, or colleagues to us.
Our staff members are ready to contact your referrals and help them through the application process.

We are currently recruiting teachers in the following areas,
with particular need in the areas in bold:

    Call us at: 410-469-9902, or Email us: rhowell@btnetwork.org
    • ECE/Elementary Education
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Special Education
    • Career Technology Education (CTE)
    • ESOL
    • Fine Arts
    • Foreign Language
    • Health & Physical Education
    • Library Media Specialists
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    See Teacher Pay Scale

    We are also recruiting for substitute teachers (at least 30 college credits required). More information about requirements for substitutes and pay scales are available here.

    In addition, the Office of Human Capital will be hosting a Job Fair tomorrow, Thursday, August 4, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High School (1001 W. Saratoga Street). Please forward the registration link to your personal and professional networks.

    Teacher Resource Center

    BTN operates a Teacher Resource Center at 2701 N. Charles Street, Suite 401. This is a space where teachers, para educators, parents, and community activists can sit and talk as they interpret the complex landscape of urban teaching. BTN operates from the belief that the most effective classrooms are ones in which: teachers and paras know how to develop one-on-one relationships with parents; in which teachers, paras, and students understand the history and social context of Baltimore; and in which all stakeholders collaborate to bridge cultural divides. For a low annual fee, the TRC provides on-site services such as: mentoring, a lending library, a teachers' resource exchange, assistance with grant writing, workshops for new teachers, space for independently run teacher groups, a retreat location for faculty groups from schools, a Friday night Teacheasy, and practical/reflective sessions where teachers connect out in the community with parents on issues of mutal concern.


    The TRC offers many benefits to members.
    (Link to brochure - Coming Soon)

    Apply For Membership

    Please CONTACT US to apply for general membership. Please indicate your interest in being on the organizing committee or let a staff member at the center know that you are interested.

    Call us at: 410-469-9902, or Email us: rhowell@btnetwork.org

    Is a Charitable Fundraising Event, with keynote speaker Elijah Cummings,
    of Maryland's 75th Congressional District

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    Events, News, & Current Projects

    BTN's "Violence In Our Public Schools" Open Forum

    Come join us in an open forum to tackle the issue of violence in our schools
    with a panel of Teachers, parents, & students on April 27th, 6PM until 9PM. Learn More.

    BTN 2015 Annual "Beacon of Light" Awards Ceremony

    A Charitable Fundraising Event, with keynote speaker Ben T. Jealous,
    Former NAACP CEO & President, Education and Civil Rights Advocate. Learn More.

    Now Available - Our Newsletter:The Voice

    Issue #1 of The Voice is now available. Download it here.

    Teacher Forum, Thursday, April 3rd at 5:00 pm at 1430 Carswell Street

    Session topics are:
    • A Panel Discussion and Updates on the New System of Teacher Evaluation
    • Examining the Intersections of Race and Class in the Classroom
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    Race in the Classroom Teacher Inquiry Group (TIG), Wednesday, February 5th and 19th

    This Teacher Inquiry Group invites participants to explore our individual racial identity and investigate race in our own practices,
    particularly in the classroom, and beyond.

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    Teacher Evaluation Teacher Inquiry Group (TIG) Monday, February 10th

    This Teacher Inquiry Group (TIG) will investigate issues surrounding the implementation of new teacher evaluation systems. How do we identify a good teacher? How do teachers experience systemic attempts to balance formative feedback for improvement and summative decisions about their job status?

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    BTN Online Community Development

    Through our Web site BTN provides a catalyst for well-informed, thoughtful, praxis-oriented conversations surrounding issues of teacher professionalism and teacher voice in classroom practice and education policy. Our focus is on participatory action research and publication.

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    UMBC BreakingGround partnership

    The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) has recently rolled out a project called BreakingGround. This is a campus-wide conversation around civic engagement. BTN has partnered with UMBC and BreakingGround to provide Baltimore teachers and education activists with an opportunity to connect to faculty and graduate students for the development of action research projects around encouraging and supporting teacher voice.

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    Future Discussions and Events

    Future discussion and event topics will emerge from our webpage blog entries and subsequent member contributions. Where appropriate BTN's Committee for Teacher Voice organizes face-to-face teacher symposia. Through these in-person symposia, Baltimore area teachers and university faculty and graduate students can come together to discuss the dilemmas of teacher professionalism and teacher voice, to present the results of action research, and to create connections leading to future action research projects and papers.

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