Teacher Development Liaisons (TDLs)
Every school in Howard County has an identified teacher leader known as the Teacher Development Liaison (TDL, who is a Master Teacher). The role of this master teacher is to provide ongoing, school-based professional learning opportunities and support for all non-tenured staff aligned with best practices for instruction and the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching. TDLs begin the year by welcoming new teachers into their schools with a building tour and networking lunch during New Teacher Orientation week. They continue throughout the year coordinating school-based support for non-tenured teachers by facilitating meetings at the school site and supporting experienced colleagues who work with new hires.
The site-based professional learning includes Focus on the Framework, a professional learning series that addresses topics within the Framework for Teacher Evaluation, which is grounded in the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching and targets first-year teachers. TDLs receive support and training from staff within the Office of Teacher and Paraprofessional Development and Support.