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Submitted by (@pkelly)

Increasing AP Access

One of the biggest struggles for increasing AP access is providing first-time AP students with sufficient support. We can use technology platforms like Google Hangouts to increase resources for first time AP students. For students in schools with limited AP enrollment, this tool can let students have the collaboration with peers that is part of a rigorous learning environment. It can also help new AP teachers learn ...more »

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Providing Effective Training to Support Classroom Instruction

As a math interventionist for the past five years, I’ve heard the struggles teachers have with meeting the needs of all their diverse learners especially their struggling learners. All teachers want to be effective in meeting the needs of their students, but they don’t know how outside the curriculum. With the increasing rigor of the Common Core, teachers need specialized math instruction training along with Professional ...more »

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A Pathway for Parent Engagement

When parents ask their children, "What did you learn in school today?" many students typically reply with a simple "nothing." Teachers and parents know this response does not represent an accurate snapshot of what actually occurs in school. However, this simple scenario represents a gap in communication between teachers, students, and families. As a middle school ELA teacher, one way I promote dialogue between students ...more »

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Submitted by (@mstrain)

Micro-credentials for Teacher Leadershipo

Teacher leaders play a critical role in fostering a culture of collaborative learning in schools, increasing teacher effectiveness and retention, and most importantly, advancing student progress. These educators are at the core of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), catalyzing collaboration, modeling effective practice, and leading colleagues in deepening their knowledge. Teaching Matters seeks to recognize ...more »

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Submitted by (@fran00)

Instructional Coaching is Needed to Improve Schools

In order to change struggling schools for the better, Instructional Coaches should be used to focus the instruction using research based instructional strategies. Instructional coaches' roles should be clearly defined and should not be asked to do administrative duties such as (but not limited to): lunch duty, disciplining students, etc. Instead as an Instructional Coach 100% of their time should be spent going through ...more »

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Submitted by (@cmsteers)

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 »

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Submitted by (@kld240)

Classroom Connections: Creating opportunities for peer observation

Every day there are amazing things happening in our classrooms. One of my goals is to ensure that there are opportunities for my teachers to observe one another, share strategies, and collaborate. I would often hear talk of peers wanting to observe one another but rarely was there ever follow through. My instructional coach and I created "Classroom Connections", the opportunity for our teachers to make a connection ...more »

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Submitted by (@pflevy70)

Write-to-Learn Formative Assessment

To effectively meet the writing demands placed on the middle school students where I am a literacy coach and to help them meet the expectations of the CCSS, content teachers are recognizing a need to develop their curriculum to include write-to-learn procedures. Write-to-learn activities in content area classes build the content knowledge and the stamina for more sustained discipline-specific writing. I am collaborating ...more »

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Submitted by (@sueb524)

Tech Buddies: Creating Technology Learning Time for Students and Teachers.

In order for students to meet the demands of college and career readiness, they must be computer literate. Many schools have addressed some technology training for teachers but professional development for teachers is always a challenge to school schedules. Tech buddies is a simple answer to creating opportunities for teacher leaders to share with teachers and student leaders to share with other students. Much like the ...more »

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Family Math Nights

Each year I help to lead Family Math Nights at our school. This began in a small way with just a few grade levels and has now spread throughout the entire school. In the spring, each grade level hosts a night in which a student brings his or her parent to a night filled with math engagement. The teachers plan activities that can all be worked on collaboratively with the student and parent. Additionally, all activities ...more »

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Submitted by (@colleenmason)

Teacher Preparation: Ready for Day One

Research and teacher experience has demonstrated that teacher preparation programs are not preparing teachers to be classroom-ready on day one of their teaching career. Since teacher effectiveness in the first few years of teaching is a strong indicator of long term teacher effectiveness, our students are not being served. Research also indicates that the most novice and ineffective teachers are working with the highest ...more »

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Submitted by (@bmayer)

Teaching is a Year Round Job

While some will say the best part about teaching is the summers off, many of us realize that we put in endless hours planning through the summer. Throughout the school year, when teachers most need a break, we attend professional development days. These days are filled with new information and tactics to implement into our curriculum. In the midst of a planning year where do we find the time to change our lesson plans ...more »

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