Winter Campaign

Free Play and Recess Requirements

Numerous studies highlight the importance of free, unstructured play in the healthy development of children. In Finland, students have a 15 minute recess break after every 45 minutes of academic instruction and their students rank at the top academically. Yet more and more schools in the U.S. have moved away from permitting regular recess for their elementary and middle school students in an attempt to gain more instructional ...more »

Submitted by (@g.garland)

City : Carmel

State : CA

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Spring Campaign

Career Planning a priority

In improving kids understanding of careers available. By helping them make better informed decisions when choosing their careers. I believe that just waiting for the career day at schools is not enough to give kids the understanding of different careers. I believe that there shall be introduced into their curriculum a career Planning class. Kids need more exposure to different careers and learn more time for their career ...more »

Submitted by (@diazclaudia)

City : Doral

State : florida

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Winter Campaign

Summer Mathematics Advancement for Motivated Students

This is "hybrid" course for Algebra 2 Honors and Precalculus Honors students combines face-to-face instructional meetings with student prior knowledge and self-study skills to deliver a full year honors curriculum in five weeks. provides all the skills necessary to support the successful completion of Honors Precalculus and/or AP Calculus. The face-to-face instructional periods take place three days a week for 5 weeks. ...more »

Submitted by (@llopes123)

City : Falmouth

State : MA

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Spring Campaign

Restructure Schools with Inclusive, Strategic Process

To move schools forward, schools have to analyze roles, routines, and structure. To promote this process, school communities need to first decide on a targeted mission/vision. Next, they need to make the time to analyze current roles, routines, and structures with regard to that mission/vision--what's working and what is not working? After that they need to create an action plan to restructure their school to better meet ...more »

Submitted by (@maureenprattdevlin)

City : Framingham

State : MA

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Winter Campaign

Holding students accountable for Character

While standards address many learning targets in each subject area to address knowledge, reasoning, skill performance, and products of learning, I feel today's learners need more accountability to develop character and respect before they enter college or the work force. Disposition learning targets are addressed through the PE and Health curriculum in many districts, and my own school provides students with extra opportunities ...more »

Submitted by (@ckalsow)

City : West Fargo

State : ND

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After School Teachers Fellowship

As a school gets bigger, the number of teachers grows as well. As the size of the staff becomes bigger and the school focus stays on student learning, building a meaningful relationship among teachers can be neglected and compromised. This can eventually create problems as the staff works with one another because they do not have any understanding of each other’s idiosyncrasies or life stories prior to working together ...more »

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City : San Ramon

State : CA

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Instructional Round Playground: Identifying Excellence in Educational Practice

Our new teachers meet with instructional coaches for five seminars outside of the school day in their first year. This year, we incorporated what I call "Instructional Round Playground." This is how it works. We show our new teachers a portion of a Teaching Channel video. Then, as if we were taking part in an instructional round together, we focus on identifying examples of excellence in teaching. It's amazing what ...more »

Submitted by (@jmcmahon)

City : Baraboo

State : Wisconsin

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Winter Campaign

Departmentalizing in Elementary Classrooms

It has become a common problem in our school district that our substitute positions are not filling on a daily basis.With opening new schools every year, new classroom openings are collecting all of past years substitutes or recent college graduates. Teachers, administrative assistants, and administrators are also left scrambling during the morning hours trying to fill open classrooms through the day especially on staff ...more »

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City : West Fargo

State : North Dakota

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Spring Campaign

Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI) cohort in IL

TLI exists in 13 states. The Governor of Illinois, a gifted businessman with good intentions regarding anti-corruption, has launched an assault on "greedy union bosses" and the union membership in the state. It is imperative that teachers in IL are prepared to lead the profession against the tide of intentional belittling by our elected state officials in both the executive and legislative branches. I would like to see ...more »

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City : Elgin

State : Illinois

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Winter Campaign

Ten Minute Take-Aways: Bite-Sized PD for Teachers

Ten-minute take aways are short, meaningful professional development sessions designed to introduce a skill, strategy, or activity to teachers. As an instructional leader, I believe it is my responsibility to have an awareness of the needs of my teachers and to find the most effective ways to share a variety of best practices to meet their needs. I will share ideas for how to present short, meaningful professional ...more »

Submitted by (@kld240)

City : State College

State : PA

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Winter Campaign

Create paid professional development for general education teachers run by special education teachers

Provide professional development opportunities for general education teachers at both elementary and secondary levels within our district and intermediate school district levels. Lead special education teachers would be provided time to prepare and organize professional development, and be paid if outside of school hours, to specific areas of need according to general education teachers. A common website would be created ...more »

Submitted by (@cmsteers)

City : Howard City

State : Michigan

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