Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Please share an actionable teacher leadership idea to be considered for possible inclusion in the regional Boston Teacher Leadership Summit, taking place February 6-8, 2015. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. (EST), January 2, 2015. Note: Submission of an idea indicates that you would like to be included in the Boston summit to advance your idea. This is not a call for proposals or presenters. *All information submitted will be kept private unless marked "public." NOTE: All ideas and comments are subject to moderation and will not be posted until they are approved. Typically this will take up to 24 hours.

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Engagement meets opportunity and encouragement

Nutley Public Schools has engaged in an effort to increase student success with a readers' workshop language arts focus that enables young readers to read independently while acquiring crucial and enduring understandings of key reading concepts. Research shows that student engagement must be supported with opportunities and encouragement to persevere with learning in areas of high interest to encourage production of thought, ...more »

Submitted by (@mwoodsmurphy)

City: Nutley

State: NJ

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Promoting School Vision by Assessing the Whole Student

Most schools in the United States have deliberate mission and vision statements meant to drive instruction and develop the whole student. To make the mission and vision an integral, tangible part of our school, we have started to make it a part of the assessment cycle. Not harnessing the power of broad ideals to transform the culture of our schools is a wasted opportunity. At our school, students must pass a cumulative ...more »

Submitted by (@alice.laramore)

City: Boston

State: MA

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Creating Exemplar Units: Collaboration to Support our lowest ELL students

The number of immigrants arriving in Boston continues to increase and thus, our responsibility to serve our ELL students is at an all time high. Concurrently, we also have the responsibility to support our students mastery over the CCSS. Although these two trends exist, there is both a lack of conversation about what it means to teach mastery of the CCSS to very low ELL students (ELD levels 1, 2, and 3) and a lack of ...more »

Submitted by (@cmacleodbluver)

City: Jamaica Plain

State: MA - Massachusetts

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Implementing a Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support System

As educators, it is our responsibility to educate the whole child. Our school recognized the need to provide students with a social/emotional curriculum that is based on life skills and positively promotes students as leaders. An increase in behavior referrals for students who were making poor choices in conjunction with test scores that were on the decline, indicated to us that we needed to do something. Two years ...more »

Submitted by (@jcorduck)

City: Melrose

State: MA

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Student Tech Teams

Mobile technology is already a part of our students lives. Teachers and schools need to help kids learn how to leverage the power of connecting and researching with that technology. Student tech teams allow students to share their knowledge of tech with teachers and allow teachers to share their learning goals with students. Together students and teachers can combine their talents to create tutorials for peers on effective ...more »

Submitted by (@kerry.gallagher)

City: Reading

State: MA

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Student Surveys: Bringing teacher voice into designing a district-wide implementation process

This year school districts across Massachusetts are required to use student feedback. Boston Public Schools (BPS), following the recommendation from the State, will garner feedback using student surveys. The student surveys will help to inform an educator’s self-assessment, shape their goal-setting, and/or to demonstrate changes in their practice over time. This represents an opportunity for teachers to gain valuable ...more »

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City: Boston

State: MA

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Help students Build Global Competence and the 21st Century Skills by Integration of Hard and Soft Skills for our Teachers

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 »

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City: Boston

State: MA

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Rethinking what successful education means

Our goal for each child should be to leave school equipped to lead a successful and productive life in a global society. This encompasses not only basic academics, but includes foreign languages, social skills, creativity, the arts and appreciation for the multitude of talents with which an individual is gifted. High test scores are not indicators of success in society.

Submitted by (@bowlesss)

City: Gainesville

State: FL

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Increasing comprehension through Student Lead Discourse

Initiating discourse in the classroom has ignited intellectual student conversations which reflect student’s true desire to learn and read selected articles. Discourse also proved an understanding and comprehension of the text which showed a 10-15% increase in scores on both formal and informal assessments. Allowing students to sit back and talk about there individual understanding of a text allows students to engage ...more »

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City: Washington

State: DC

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Principals Return to the Classroom to Support Teacher Leaders

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 »

Submitted by (@coachchristina)

City: Williamsport

State: PA

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Innercollegiate Public School Programming

There is a need to fill a void between high school and secondary education. Public education, while effective, does not meet the need nor the aptitude of what many colleges and future businesses look for in high school graduates. While there are many high schools that offer AP or dual enrollment opportunities for students who are currently in high school, the promise and follow-up of those selected students to follow ...more »

Submitted by (@dmc0612)

City: Johnstown

State: PA

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Elementary Science (K-5) and the STAAR

The basic foundation of my Teacher Leadership Idea is encouraging academic growth in the area of science in elementary. More importantly, the successful collaboration of teachers in grades 3 through 5. In the state of Texas, students in public education are assessed in fifth grade in science, math and reading. Much emphasis is placed on both reading and math at a very young age, but science (as well as social studies) ...more »

Submitted by (@acastro)

City: Alpine

State: TX

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