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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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Submitted by (@maureenprattdevlin)

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 »

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Submitted by (@jcolter)

Grading in the 21st Century

What would grading look like when assessing the 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking? Can this be done, will standard based grading need to happen, and if so how will schools, parents, and higher ed establishments adapt to this? 21st century skills are becoming part of the classroom especially in STEM. These skills are very important in becoming college and work ...more »

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Hybrid Special Education Mentor Teacher with New Special Education Teacher Residency Program

This is a year-long residency experience and hybrid teacher role. Match a new special educator and paraprofessional with an experienced (preferably NBCT) mentor special educator (MSE) and trained paraprofessional (para) in a self-contained classroom. Have the MSE train the new educator; the para trains the new para. For the 1st marking period both teachers are in the classroom with both paras. She observes the new teacher, ...more »

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Submitted by (@juliewebb)

Engines of Change: NBCT State and National Professional Learning Teams

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 »

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Submitted by (@jmcmahon)

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 »

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Submitted by (@rzimmerman1230)

Repairing Mental Health

I will be focusing on helping my coworkers overcome mental stressors from major changes that have been taking place around our school. We all need to step back from the struggles that we are facing and focus on the most important issue: our mental health. I do believe that if we are able to overcome this mountain that we are faced with at the present moment at our school and can be more focused on the positives, our ...more »

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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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Submitted by (@mawurl)

Vertical Articulation: Big Ideas Across the Grades in Elementary Mathematics

It is often said that math instruction in the United States is "a mile wide and an inch deep." Still, there are major concepts that are introduced at each grade level, and mastery of these concepts forms the foundation that students will need for the algebra and geometry they will encounter in middle school (and higher level math beyond). We'd like to engage teachers from K-6 in our building to analyze these major concepts, ...more »

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Submitted by (@stacy.isom)

Technology- Makes 21st Century Teachers Learners

Twenty-First Century educators are facing a battle over something younger than we are... Technology. More technology is introduced everyday and we are struggling to keep up, but it is one of the best tools we have for reaching our students which makes it worth the fight. We are teaching a new generation of students to use tools that we, ourselves have little and in some cases no experience with, and about the time we ...more »

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Submitted by (@lindsey.k.springs)

Sharing technology math resources within a school district

I would like a way to share activities and technological resources with other math teachers in my district. We tried to meet once a month and have one teacher present their lesson each time, but there was very low participation. It wasn't a required meeting, so many teachers chose not to participate. I'd like to get the other teachers in my district more excited about implementing new technology math resources into their ...more »

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