Utah Administrative Code

The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Office of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).

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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-513. Teacher Leader.

As in effect on May 1, 2018

Table of Contents

R277-513-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by:

(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board;

(b) Section 53A-6-115, which requires the Board to:

(i) define the role of a teacher leader; and

(ii) establish the minimum criteria for a teacher to qualify as a teacher leader; and

(c) Section 53A-1-401, which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to:

(a) define the role of a teacher leader; and

(b) establish the minimum criteria for a teacher to qualify as a teacher leader.

R277-513-2. Definitions.

As used in this section, "teacher" has the same meaning as that term is defined in Section 53A-6-115.

R277-513-3. Minimum Criteria for a Teacher Leader.

An LEA may designate a teacher as a teacher leader if the teacher:

(1) is a level 2 or level 3 licensed teacher;

(2) has an educator evaluation effectiveness rating of effective or highly effective for at least two years prior to being designated as a teacher leader;

(3) demonstrates competence in working with adult learners and peers;

(4) demonstrates consistent leadership, focused collaboration, distinguished teaching, and continued professional growth; and

(5) is recommended by the building administrator to be designated as a teacher leader.

R277-513-4. Roles of a Teacher Leader.

A teacher leader's role may include:

(1) generally supporting school-based professional learning;

(2) training, supervising, and mentoring student teachers and new teachers;

(3) modeling effective instructional strategies for other teachers;

(4) serving as an instructional coach to develop effective instruction;

(5) guiding other educators in collecting, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting student-achievement data and using those findings to improve instruction;

(6) leading specific school improvement initiatives;

(7) leading efforts to modify or improve curriculum;

(8) acting as a liaison for community projects;

(9) serving as a learning facilitator for professional learning activities; and

(10) facilitating and coordinating professional learning communities.

R277-513-5. LEA Teacher Leader Compensation and Accommodations.

An LEA should:

(1) provide a bonus, pay increase, or other monetary incentive to compensate a teacher leader for the teacher leader's time performing duties described in Section R277-513-4; and

(2) reduce a teacher leader's classroom workload to provide the teacher leader time to perform the duties described in Section R277-513-4.


teachers, leaders, qualifications

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

November 7, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-6-115; 53A-1-401

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at https://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html.