Be part of a historic district turnaround. Lawrence Public Schools is an urban district serving more than 13,000 students, the majority of whom are economically disadvantaged. We believe that the fundamental unit of change in education reform is the school, not the district. In 2012, we began a turnaround in which educators and leaders used increased autonomy to lead their schools to success. The central office redesigned itself to work in service of the schools, rather than in management of the schools. This change has paved the way for progress and improvement.
Hear Superintendent Jeff Riley talk about the turnaround here.
Learn about our results so far here:
Enjoy clear career growth. The Lawrence Public Schools career ladder provides a professional career track for teachers, with movement up the ladder based on years in the classroom and evaluation ratings. Educators can apply for the highest levels, Advanced and Master Educator status, after just 5 years of teaching in the classroom. LPS educators also receive a stipend for teaching in an Extended Learning Time school.
Take advantage of teacher leadership opportunities. Every school has a Teacher Leadership Team that contributes to decision-making and annual school planning. All educators can also apply to the district-wide Teacher Leader Cabinet, which advises the superintendent on district priorities and initiatives. LPS educators can also receive stipends for additional school-based leadership opportunities.
Participate in our tuition reimbursement program. Teachers may receive up to $900/fiscal year (July 1-June 30) for graduate level courses. Take your pick from several universities in our area.
Get your loans forgiven. Under the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program, new borrowers can receive up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness after having taught for 5 consecutive years in eligible low-income schools, including those in our district. Eligible teachers with Federal Perkins loans who teach in Lawrence can be 100% reimbursed for their loans.
Discover an emerging urban hub. Located just 25 miles from Boston, Lawrence is an ideal place for any educator living in the greater Boston area and looking for the reverse commute. Lawrence itself is enjoying a revitalization, with old mill buildings being converted to affordable and beautiful apartments. Given its proximity to I-93 and I-495 as well as the affordability of office spaces, Lawrence is becoming a destination for new companies in the technology, health care, and manufacturing fields.