Teachers increasingly need the resources of business, state and local government, clubs and community members in order to both break down the walls separating the world from the classroom as well as providing up-to-date curriculum support for our students. Community Partnerships 21 will provide an easy to use data base of resources that teachers can tap into in order to provide 21st century learning skills in our classrooms.... more »
My work is in showing teachers how to listen to students through the new methodologies that are now in use so that the student can become leaders in their community.
I have recently worked with my State to develop lesson plan samples for Early Childhood Education. After presenting the resources to the teachers of my district, there is a great need for more support of Head Start, Public and Daycare providers in La regarding planning lessons under the ACT 3 legislature. I would like to create a Blog/website where lesson plans, and ideas could be posted and shared with caregivers and... more »
My idea is to improve the Differentiated Roles. DR is a pilot program in Denver Public Schools DPS. The vision of DR is to increase distributive leadership, improve teacher retention, extend the reach of effective teachers, improve equitable access to effective teachers, and evaluate the profession. Evaluations are based on the Leading Effective Academic Practice LEAP framework. DR Team Leads have had intensive training... more »
An image that comes to my mind when I ponder the idea of a teacher leader is an acrostic with the words lead and learn joining at the letter "A". It is important that we as educators continually learn and share ideas. When we continue our education we demonstrate a drive to be lifelong learners--in hopes that our students will become lifelong learners.
Secondary ESL (English as a Second Language) learners experience tough circumstances when they enroll in school in the United States. Most secondary-age ESL students present educators with unique challenges and constant educational monitoring/instruction throughout their middle to high school career. Often times, many content specific educators do not have the time to re-structure their lessons in order for the ESL learner... more »
Our District has a high teacher turnover rate; our school does not. We have learned that by building up our own staff as leaders within the school and district, we can stop our most effective and brilliant teachers from leaving. One of the ways in which we have done this is by creating a video library of our own teachers in action. When we are given a new district initiative, observe a best practice that we see a teacher... more »
School and community must come together to provide the best environment for our students. This includes local colleges and businesses. There should be volunteer opportunities for community members to participate in the life of a child. My project would be centered on the formation of a School and Community Partnership board to empower people to participate in the ways they are comfortable--from reading to students, to... more »
Schools across the country are adversely affected by teacher shortages . In response, I have created the Teach Like Me Campaign. The Teach Like Me Campaign's main goal is to improve teacher recruitment and retention by redefining public perceptions of the teaching profession. We will accomplish this with three main components: First, we encourage teachers to speak more positively about our profession. We ask teachers... more »
As a teacher at a school that values teacher leadership through formal team leader roles, I will work to strengthen collaboration among our team leaders. Working alongside a colleague and with the guidance of an administrative coach, I will establish structures that maximize collaboration among team leaders. Improved collaboration among team leaders will result in better alignment of curriculum, effective instructional... more »
Reduce the class load of approved master teachers in each area and allow them to visit classrooms for first-hand feedback.
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 »
President Obama has called for American schools to prepare our students for the demands of the global economy. “Now more than ever, the American economy needs a workforce that is skilled, adaptable, creative, and equipped for success in the global marketplace.” (www.whitehouse.gov). To succeed in the global marketplace, our students have to develop global competence and the 21st century skills. The challenge now is to... more »
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 »
To create collaborative partnerships with veteran, experienced, and novice teachers so that all may learn. Veteran teachers would offer experience and insight over time, experienced teachers would act as facilitators and offer their own insights, and novice teachers would share timely theoretical ideas they learned in their teacher preparation program(s). This would be a tri-fold model in which existing Teacher Mentors... more »