Spring Campaign

Supporting Teacher Success

In many classrooms, especially in low-income schools, we see dedicated teachers whose students are not making expected progress. These teachers often receive pressure and attack from other teachers, parents, and administrators. This pressure, intended to motivate, increases stress and anxiety for struggling teachers and is counterproductive. Building a professional community beyond the school increases confidence and ...more »

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(@cordesk)

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Questioning and Contemplating Assessment Practices

Informal. Formal. Summative. Formative. Assessments are powerful educational tools, and we use them so frequently. Nevertheless, teachers receive very little education about or training in effective, valid assessment practices. Teacher education programs could certainly include more about assessments, but classroom experiences with them provide valuable knowledge that theory never will. Therefore, a greater conversation ...more »

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Making Time to Learn by Observing Others

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 »

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(@sjohnson)

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Grade Level Collaboration Ideas

During the school year, my district is great about training teachers how to use new instructional methods in order to meet the Common Core State Standards. However, the district has basically told us that we need to find all of the resources ourselves. We are also expected to create an assessment for each skill. In order for teachers to create their own curriculum and assessments they need to be given time. Not only ...more »

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(@hj2.mak)

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Invent the Future by Coding

Computational thinking and coding is the new literacy that is needed for students in order for them to create innovative ways of expression and to solve complex problems that face society. Through explicitly connecting the computational thinking process to problem solving, students learn to decompose complex problems, look for patterns, and come up with solutions. This connects well with the eight Standards for Mathematical ...more »

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(@colleenmason)

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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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(@hunterjolley)

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STEM TANK

Utilizing a school within a school model interdisciplinary learning will center around a selected grouping of students. Targeted at all levels of learners. Learning will be project based and will built upon foundations of all core classes. Instructors will collaboratively create unit assessments/projects. The first year will focus on content and the fundamentals of engineering, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The ...more »

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(@barrysaide17)

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The Whole Educator

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 »

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(@jcolter)

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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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(@uofcteach)

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Student Teaching: The Next Apprenticeship

How many started your first year and were hanging on by a thread? I have. The phrase "the 2nd year is better" or reading articles on "how to survive your first year" is created and used by veteran teachers. The traditional teacher development through college and alternative programs leave 1st year teachers unprepared to tackle all of the responsibilities of a teacher. Now add on the responsibility to relay content to ...more »

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English and Science CORE class

I’m a CORE teacher (English and social studies, back-to-back, with the same group of students). English and social studies complement each other very well. For example, as a CORE teacher I can select novels for English class that are set in the particular historical period and locale the students are studying in social science class. I believe this model could be equally effective with English and science CORED. For ...more »

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(@lindsey.k.springs)

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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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(@abbie.combs)

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ARI Action Research Summit

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative will be sponsoring our annual Appalachian Renaissance Initiative’s Action Research Summit at Pikeville Expo Center on April 21, 2015 beginning at 9:00 am. The Summit will showcase learning and innovation taking place across the East Kentucky Region as a direct result of the Race-to-the-Top-District initiative awarded to the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and the ...more »

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(@rcastle)

Winter Campaign

Doctoral Fellowships for Teacher Leaders

Teachers of many years experience are valuable resources at the university level for teacher preparation programs and research in best practices, developmentally appropriate assessments, and many more areas of national concern. Career pathways must be established and made readily available so that these teachers who have sustained a career in the classroom may advance to support the education of teachers and the development ...more »

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(@wmarino)

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Balanced Classrooms

Like students, teachers are being assessed with a one-size fits all mentality. Not all classrooms are balanced in terms of ability, income, language proficiency, emotional stability, and behaviors to name a few. Yet, teachers need to reach the same levels of achievement whether their students attend 180 days a year or 80 days a year. Many classrooms have disproportionate percentages of student demographics and needs. ...more »

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