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.
We propose a shift. School improvement efforts across the country are focusing on teacher evaluation, new student standards, and improved student assessment systems. We agree that each of these taken together has the possibility to improve schools. Their potential impact, however, is diminished greatly in the absence of work to also support concentrated teacher learning. We propose a shift from primarily examining student ...more »
I wonder if there is a way this site could add a "clearing house" of professional development opportunities for teachers?
These might include both competitive and non-competitive offerings, as well as paid and unpaid opportunities to continue growing within the profession.
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 »
Supporting and creating opportunities for teacher-driven learning are critical to both the profession and student learning. What if there was a way to provide all educators with the tools they'd need to run an Edcamp in their district? Edcamps are the most popular form of teacher-led professional development across the country.
The first year of the project will focus on assembling and training a select group of educators that will lead the project and serve as Core Mentors in the follow years. This core group of exceptional leaders will undergo extensive training both that will address the standards, new assessments, text complexity and close reading through PLC style training. This team will serve in a collaborative mentoring role for all ...more »
Too often professional development days are one size fits all for teachers. Topics and training are usually selected by the administration and everyone attends regardless of their readiness level. Why can't professional development be differentiated much like teachers differentiate lessons for our students? Simply put there is not enough time. How can administrators with everything else they are charged with, assess ...more »
Purpose: To fully experience a school day in the shoes of a student. In doing this, the Shadower will come away with insights about intended and unintended effects of school practices & policies on students, to be shared with colleagues in a constructive way. Process: Educators “shadow” individual students in their school or district for a full day. They go to every class of each student, including lunch, stand near ...more »
We need more second career teachers. They bring high content knowledge and valuable real-world experiences to the classroom. That is my perspective as a second career teacher. We need programs that do a better job of recruiting them yes, but more than that we need professional development programs focused on the specific challenges of new second career teachers. The "one size" teacher prep or teacher mentor program is ...more »
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 »
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 »
Teachers around the world are voluntarily attending Edcamps and becoming energized and empowered by this model of teacher-driven PD.