There is a need to fill a void between high school and secondary education. Public education, while effective, does not meet the need nor the aptitude of what many colleges and future businesses look for in high school graduates. While there are many high schools that offer AP or dual enrollment opportunities for students who are currently in high school, the promise and follow-up of those selected students to follow... more »
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 »
My idea is to create a district online forum (maybe Edmodo as platform) for teachers to collaborate, share ideas, share training videos, resources, etc. This weblog to be used for teachers to log PD hours for re-certification.
Though recent years have seen tremendous progress toward collaboration and sharing ideas between teachers, whether with grade-level teams, content-alike teams, district or personal learning networks, teachers still struggle with how they can implement what they learn in their room with their students. When teachers are practicing something new, whether it's an instructional practice, behavior management technique, technology... more »
I value the importance of Peer Observations in the world of education. However, typically it is done with someone of alike content, a mentor, etc. It is important to remember the value of learning from any professional. When proposed the task of Observing a peer, suggest someone in a totally different content area. For example, when I did this (I am a Health Sciences teacher), I paired up with a Business Education... more »
NJ ASCD believes in order to provide a full service experience where children and families needs are met on a daily basis, the entire teacher must be fulfilled, too. Perseverance must play a significantly central role in an educator’s life in order to meet the needs of the whole child. A healthy teacher becomes a lifelong learner and leader. A whole teacher better models and supports a whole child and their family. NJ... more »
Let's elevate the role of NBCTs by creating professional learning teams in every state. NBCTs would work with state departments of education, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations to design and deliver professional growth initiatives for teachers in their state. NBCT teams, called Engines of Change, would consult with counties, districts, and school sites to support professional learning in America's... more »
Since we were small, we have been learning new behaviors through the practice of observation. It's no surprise, then, that most teachers will adopt those practices that they experienced while they themselves were a student. The question to think about though, it whether those teaching practices we remember from our 7th grade Science class years ago are still applicable and meaningful today. It is important for us as... more »
Principals should support teacher leaders in building partnerships beyond the school. As advisor to my school’s junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, I sought to provide students on our math team with more opportunities to compete. We hosted a one-time math quiz bowl in Philadelphia for teams of students from eight other public high schools. The event catalyzed a partnership with the Philadelphia... more »
Professional Learning needs to be teacher driven and focused on student achievement. It needs to be accessible 24/7 and have methods for authentic collaboration and sharing of effective instructional practice. On a small scale I've done this with a website containing a wealth of videos called Classrooms in Focus & Coach's Cuts. These videos expose teachers to effective practice with our own students using our own materials... more »
As a Title One, English Language Learner (ELL) magnet school, we have always been challenged to raise the expectations for our students in an effort to decrease the achievement gap. Our staff accepted the challenge enthusiastically as we implemented a newly aligned English Language Arts curriculum to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that had been written solely by a team of in-district teachers. The new curriculum... more »
STEM Education requires that teachers have the capability to develop learning modules that engage and integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and ELA. The current Problem Based Learning (PBL) Regional Summer School program has led to a decrease in discipline referrals and absence and an increase in passing rates and engagement, as shown by action research. However, it has been in place for ten years needs re-development.... more »
We have been given a unique opportunity to create a project based learning school for seniors in our district. This half day program, called the Learning Project, (which began in 2013) integrates math, physics, economics, government, and English through real world projects. In this program the students are developing skills of verbal and written communication, personal agency, collaboration, project management, and... more »
I don't think educators typically have leadership skills. They need to learn how to think and act strategically when it comes to new ideas, changing practice, and learning together. There is lots of research available in this regard and if teachers learn how to advocate and lead, they not only will impact schools with greater skill, but they will also model these leadership skills for the students they teach.
Our idea is to develop a system designed to grow and support a network of teacher leaders. These leaders/coaches will support and expand the leadership role of teachers through a joint labor management collaboration. The goal is to develop and retain high quality and effective teacher leaders.