Program Requirements

TNTP Academy participants receive a Program Handbook during Orientation. The handbook, which can also be downloaded here by enrolled participants, provides a detailed overview of the program, including all requirements and participant responsibilities to remain in good standing with TNTP Academy. Key requirements and responsibilities are outlined below.

Professional Values
All TNTP Academy participants -- including teachers, facilitators, and staff members, are expected to adhere to the program's Professional Values. These values establish our shared beliefs and behavior standards. They are designed to strengthen our work towards improving educational opportunities and helping all students to achieve excellence.

Participants, facilitators, and staff members will:

  • Set high expectations for our students, our colleagues, and ourselves
  • Maximize our experience
  • Be flexible
  • Respect one another
  • Model a culture of achievement
Enrollment Policy
Participants in TNTP Academy – DC must be hired as full-time teachers in their certification content area prior to the second seminar session (not including the Orientation Session) to participate in TfR seminars. This requirement helps to ensure that TNTP Academy is effective in helping teachers positively impact student achievement by providing them with the opportunity to immediately apply what they're learning through our program with the students in their classrooms.

Seminar attendance is mandatory. Participants must attend at least 14 of 16 seminars to earn certification in all subject areas. Enrolled participants should review the participant handbook for more information on the attendance policy. 

Work Products 
Participants are responsible for completing all TfR seminar assignments and assessments. These work products generally include developing lesson plans utilizing seminar teachings, sharing and analyzing student data, and presenting case studies of classroom challenges and successes.

All TNTP Academy teachers are assessed through our Portfolio Evaluation System (PES). The culminating TfR portfolio is an opportunity for participants to showcase their best work from the seminar and their classroom teaching practice to demonstrate proficiency in the competencies necessary to be an effective teacher.

The PES is due shortly after the final TfR seminar. This allows the opportunity to include any materials from the final session. Seminar leaders will use a holistic grading approach to determine if the PES shows evidence of performance in the three core competencies: Content, Assessment, and Instruction.