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 »
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 »
The demands of an intense school year can leave a teacher constantly playing catch up or succumbing to a "nothing done to full capacity" complacency. However, I have noticed that teachers at conferences or workshops are often times their most productive because they tend do two things - 1) talk about their schools and 2) lesson plan. Both are vital to the development of the teacher in that they allow him/her to share ...more »
Principals work closely with teacher leaders to develop a long-term schedule in which the principal teaches so the teacher leader can have release time to work teacher-to-teacher to build social and professional capital. Admin who teach would be reminded about the complex work of teaching and gain a deeper sense of what both students and teachers need in order to be successful - especially in the new era of Common Core. ...more »
Retaining teachers in Hawaii is a district issue. As a science teacher who moved from the mainland without family or friends to begin my first year as a teacher in a culturally different area, I am an example of what can help to retain teachers: mentorship. As a first year teacher, my mentor was another science teacher at my school. She got paid to be a mentor and I received professional development credit. Not only did ...more »
I want to develop a system for teacher-leaders to use when designing PD opportunities for staff, including support staff and administrators in addition to teachers. I find that teachers know when they are ready to take on new learning and should have control of the pacing of the learning. On-site PD helps the day of the presenting, but it would be nice to have a way to have ongoing practice with the new learning in ...more »
Public schools are always in need of resources due to funding limitations. Massachusetts is a center of higher education institutions. Why can't public schools and Massachusetts higher education institutions work together to enrich the experience of students in our classrooms? Salem State University is now home for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Dr. Christopher Mauriello is the Center's director and ...more »
The stewardship of the teaching profession should reside with teachers, yet so much of professional development is done "to" teachers rather than "with" them. Of course we need strong back-bone organizations that can help teachers see themselves as facilitators of their own life-long learning. Districts, non-profits and professional organizations, for example, can help teachers emerge as the leaders we need. We also ...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.
Teachers around the world are voluntarily attending Edcamps and becoming energized and empowered by this model of teacher-driven PD.
The Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality, research based professional development for teachers in Southeastern Kentucky. Our primary focus is the creation of our Master Teacher Network which brings teachers together to provide professional support and training for their peers. Participants in our program go through a rigorous selection and training process ...more »
While core subject teachers in my district participate in PLCs each day, the Career & Technical Education teachers do not have any sort of PLC since each teaches something different. All teachers benefit from collaborative interaction, so I am starting a collaborative learning group among the CTE teachers I work with at my high school. Because our planning times do no coincide, I am using Google classroom to share professional ...more »