Organizational Development and Leadership

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Department of Organizational Development and Leadership

Department of Organizational Development and Leadership (DODL)
6901 North Charles Street
Greenwood Campus  Building B
Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone: 443-809-6493
Fax: 443-809-9859


The Department of Organizational Development & Leadership is the hub for innovative, meaningful, and responsive teacher and leader development in BCPS.


Our goal is to develop, support, and retain effective teachers and leaders by:

  • Developing professional growth opportunities and systems of support
  • Expanding and strengthening standards-aligned instructional strategies that enhance professional practices
  • Establishing and maintaining a leadership pipeline of multiple career pathways for aspiring, new, and veteran leaders
  • Ensuring we are guided by equitable practices in order to improve academic outcomes for students.

Organizational Structure

The Department of Organizational Development and Leadership is comprised of four main offices: Teacher Development, Teacher Leadership, Leadership Development, and Teacher and Administrator Evaluation. In addition to these offices, Organizational Development and Leadership also monitors the Title II, Part A - Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teacher, Principals, or Other School Leaders Grant Program. 

Teacher Development
The Office of Teacher Development coordinates the Professional Development Schools (PDS) Program and the placement of interns ("student teachers"), provides comprehensive professional learning opportunities for new teachers during the three year induction period, organizes courses for continuing professional development (CPD) credit and college credit, including cohort programs, and leads professional learning on coaching and mentoring skills for Staff Development Teachers, Consulting Teachers, and other teacher leaders.


Teacher Leadership

The Office of Teacher Leadership aims to recognize and support teacher leadership to extend the reach of highly effective teachers to impact the teaching profession, students, and communities. For skilled classroom educators to hone their craft, mentor others, and grow professionally, BCPS must create pathways for teacher leadership and differentiate between the skills and training needed by teacher leaders and those needed by administrators. The programs, resources, and opportunities provided by the Office of Teacher Leadership are meant to establish and maintain a well-defined leadership pipeline of diverse teacher leaders who may serve the system as future leaders in schoolhouses and central offices (modified from Maryland Department of Education, Office of Professional Learning).


Leadership Development
The Office of Leadership Development supports the development of BCPS staff who aspire to positions of leadership. Based on the fundamental belief that leadership skills and knowledge can be learned and cultivated, Leadership Development provides professional learning experiences and resources designed to foster the growth of effective leaders. 

Grant Management
The purpose of this Title II, Part A grant is to provide grants to State educational agencies and sub-grants to local educational agencies to:

  • increase student achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards;
  • improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders;
  • increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and
  • provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

Teacher and Administrator Evaluation
n collaboration with the Executive Director of Organizational Development and Leadership, the Chief of Schools, and system stakeholders, the Office of Teacher and Administrator Evaluation helps develop standard frameworks, tools, and processes for supporting teacher observation, evaluation, and growth across BCPS. The Office of Teacher and Administrator Evaluation supports teachers and administrators in applying data-based observational and evaluative feedback to support teacher growth and increase student achievement.

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