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FirstLine Schools Artifacts

Reorganizing Time to Help Teachers Grow

Click the links below to access tangible materials—such as templates and tools—that leaders in FirstLine Schools created to guide their work.

These artifacts are organized around the three parts of FirstLine's theory of action:

  1. Centralize and reorganize school schedules to enable teachers to collaborate on shared content.
  2. Invest in supports to help schools maximize the value of collaboration time.
  3. Engage in a shared dialogue about changes to school leaders' and teachers' roles.

Centralize and reorganize school schedules to enable teachers to collaborate on shared content.

#1: FirstLine Schools Professional Learning and Planning Calendar

What is this? An overview of the professional learning schedule for all FirstLine instructional staff and supervisors.

How can you use it? See detailed duration and cadence for instructional staff professional learning time.


Invest in supports to help schools maximize the value of collaboration time.

#2: Teacher Professional Learning Time Preparation Checklist

What is this? A quick reminder checklist to help school leaders prepare for teachers' professional learning time.

How can you use it? Apply this checklist structure to your professional learning facilitators’ needs and routines.

#3: Sample Teacher Professional Learning Time Agenda

What is this? A detailed example of an agenda for a sample ELA professional learning session.

How can you use it? Use the structure and activities to inform your teachers’ PLC time.


Engage in a shared dialogue about changes to school leaders’ and teachers’ roles.

#4: Leadership Competency Framework for Instructional Leaders (Teacher Leader, Assistant Principal, Principal, and School Director)

What is this? A comprehensive rubric for the leadership capacities FirstLine Schools prioritizes at each level of school leadership.

How can you use it? See detailed articulations of the core values and behaviors that enable FirstLine’s approach to professional learning.

#5: RAPID Decision-Making Framework

What is this? A decision-making process developed by Bain & Company to clarify decision roles within a team.

How can you use it? Learn more about the different roles within the RAPID framework.


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The Districts at Work series of case studies shares specific examples of districts around the country that struggle with the same challenges as many urban systems—but are taking new approaches to school support and seeing exciting results.

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