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At DCPS, we work to recruit, develop, and invest in a talented, caring, and diverse team to provide a learning experience where students get the rigorous, joyful, and inclusive academic and social emotional learning experiences.

That starts with ensuring that our best educators are in RISE schools.

RISE Teachers

Grow to Your Full Potential at a
RISE School

Professional Networking and Learning Opportunities

RISE is about providing opportunities for you to grow as a DCPS teacher, assistant principal and principal at a RISE school. Networking with one another is a critical component of empowering our people and supporting your growth as a professional.

RISE New Teacher Network (NTN)

If you are a new-to-DCPS teacher in SY 22-23, or a teacher in your first three years of teaching, the New Teacher Network (NTN) is for you.

 

Participants receive:

  • 1:1 advising

  • Monthly professional learning communities on specific content areas, DCPS priorities and initiatives, and educator wellness

  • Professional networking opportunities​

 

RISE educators who attend NTN PLC events (City-Wide, Content, and Advising) are eligible to receive a $40 stipend per event. RISE educators must attend, participate, and complete the feedback form within 72 hours to be eligible. Stipends will be submitted monthly and take up to 6 pay periods to appear on paychecks. 
 
Visit our SharePoint for more information and learn more at the link below.

Conferences

In Summer 2022, more than 400 DCPS educators across every RISE school registered for at least one summer learning opportunity! DCPS offered opportunities for RISE leaders and educators (CSO- and WTU- positions) to continue their learning and access top-notch professional development through 25 conferences and self-paced courses as part of the RISE initiative. Conference selections included:

  • UnboundEd's Virtual Summit

  • Multiple Learning & the Brain trainings

  • In-person Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy

To view the full selection of conferences offered in Summer 2022, click the button, below. As we begin planning for Summer 2023, we'd love to hear your recommendations! Please email RISE@k12.dc.gov to recommend a conference for our consideration.

Micro-Credentialing Program

RISE educators take self-paced, competency-based professional learning courses that can improve practice, develop specific skills, and can be used to supplement LEAP. Educators complete these programs independently, online, through DCPS-created micro-credentialing courses. At the end of the course, educators submit a portfolio of artifacts. Courses include:

  • Making Content Accessible and Challenging for All Learners;

  • Teaching Controversial Issues and Hard History;

  • Reading Theory and Cognitive Science: What Have We Learned in the Last 20 Years?; and

  • Embracing the Beauty of Cultural Discovery in Music Education.

Tailored Professional Development

RISE provides professional development and learning opportunities to teachers, assistant principals, and principals at our highest need schools. At DCPS, when we empower our people, our students thrive. Working across DCPS, we are creating supports for you in English Language Learning, STEM, literacy, equity, and more

Speaker Series

This School Year, RISE is providing opportunities for DCPS educators to engage with leading authors and educators from around the country. Speaker Series sessions will be held virtually and provide RISE educators with an opportunity to learn and reflect on their work around whole-child, equity-centered practices. 

To learn more about upcoming sessions and to register, please click the button, below! If you'd like to recommend a speaker provide a session, please email RISE@k12.dc.gov.

Exploring Leadership Workshop Series 

The Office of Leadership Development is developing a virtual Exploring Leadership workshop series for DCPS teachers focused on personal and adaptive leadership. This multi-part series will provide opportunities for self-reflection, learning about leadership styles and strategies that foster human-centered and equity-centered leadership.  

 

Participants will also learn about existing DCPS school-based and central office leadership opportunities and develop a personal leadership vision.

 

If you are interested in getting more information, please submit this form or contact Noelani Mussman, Manager of Teacher Leadership at Noelani.Mussman@k12.dc.gov

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Educator 
Bonuses &
Stipends

RISE Signing Bonus - Updated for SY23-24

At DC Public Schools, we believe that talent is a key lever for equity. Aligned with this belief, we are excited to offer $2,500 signing bonuses for teachers joining our highest need schools in specific high-need content areas for the upcoming 2023-24 school year! Signing bonuses of $2,500 will be awarded to new-to-DCPS teachers or DCPS teachers who transfer from a non-RISE school to a RISE school who commit to teaching Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL) or Math for SY23-24 and are hired by June 1, 2023. 

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RISE Effective Educator Bonus

This pilot bonus incentive supports growth for DCPS teachers at RISE schools, providing a $5,000 bonus for classroom teachers who are moving along their LIFT stages and continuing their professional growth at our highest need schools. Like LIFT, this program is about recognizing teachers as professionals and investing in educators in our schools. DCPS teachers can receive a $5,000 bonus if they meet the following four criteria:

  • Taught at a RISE school in School Year 2021-22; AND

  • Was Advanced, Distinguished, or Expert on the DCPS LIFT career ladder in School Year 2021-22; AND

  • Earned an Effective IMPACT rating in School Year 2021-22; AND

  • Returned to a RISE school in School Year 2022-23 by August 30 in a WTU or CSO role.

RISE Conference Stipends

In Summer 2022, more than 400 DCPS educators across every RISE school registered for at least one summer learning opportunity! DCPS offered opportunities for RISE leaders and educators (CSO- and WTU- positions) to continue their learning and access top-notch professional development through 25 conferences and self-paced courses as part of the RISE initiative.


For more information about RISE Conference Stipends, please click the FAQ link below.

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