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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Submitted by (@sidgilford)

The (Forgotten) Purpose of Schools: Clarifying the Goal to Know How to Improve.

Historically, the purpose of U.S. schools has shifted among academic skills, citizenship, assimilation, social development, and national defense. For example, the 19th century influx of immigrants resulted in schools focusing on assimilation to avert social disharmony. During the industrial revolution obedience, passivity, and following rules dominated the curriculum. At times of war schools prepared young people for ...more »

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Submitted by (@kmonahan)

Making Complex Text Accessible Through Effective Collaboration

As a Title One, English Language Learner (ELL) magnet school, we have always been challenged to raise the expectations for our students in an effort to decrease the achievement gap. Our staff accepted the challenge enthusiastically as we implemented a newly aligned English Language Arts curriculum to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that had been written solely by a team of in-district teachers. The new curriculum ...more »

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Submitted by (@alice.laramore)

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 »

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Submitted by (@dr.kelseynyascd)

Engaging Young Educators to Lead and Solve Problems

There is a need to have young educators engage in their profession early on in their career (first 10 years of teaching) to help solve issues facing education today. They will have been in education long enough to identify the issues and have opinions, but rarely been given the opportunity to help solve them. Research shows that if teachers have opportunity to lead and participate in decision making they will have better ...more »

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Submitted by (@jenniferblasko)

A Systematic Approach to Teaching American Sign Language/English Vocabulary Across Content Areas

On the national level, Deaf and Hard Hearing (HH) students continue to graduate from high school with an average reading level at the 4th grade. To help increase Deaf and HH students’ success with learning English, The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) utilizes a bilingual/bicultural approach in the classroom. The primary language of instruction is American Sign Language (ASL) and English is taught as the second language. ...more »

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Submitted by (@coachchristina)

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 »

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Submitted by (@laurateachm)

Family Reading Night/Kindergarten Book Club

For 10 years I did a Family Reading Night, inviting families to come in once a month at night to hear a story and do a fun related activity with their child. Last year I moved to a new school (in the same district) but did not do Family Reading Night. I will be bringing back Family Reading Night and I will be adding a new piece, Kindergarten Friends Book Club. One day afterschool (weekly) my kindergarten students will ...more »

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Submitted by (@christinas3)

Exploration of Teacher Leadership as a Pathway to Teacher and Student Learning

This Teacher Leadership Idea explores the school-wide implementation of inquiry-constructivism as an authentic pedagogy offered in high school mathematics and science classrooms through teacher-leader teams. Inquiry, as defined here, is the instructional practice of sustained teacher-facilitated questioning which fosters authentic student engagement and intrinsic motivation (Stohl, 2010). More specifically, ...more »

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Submitted by (@japonte2)

MA State Equity Plan Recommendations

As current Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows, we are passionate about issues of equity for low income students and students of color. Specifically, we are committed to ensuring that all students across the Commonwealth have equitable access to effective teachers. An opportunity to ignite change is fast approaching. Based on research and our combined experiences, we are formulating recommendations for the MA State Equity ...more »

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Submitted by (@cmacleodbluver)

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 »

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Submitted by (@heatherbuskirk)

The Learning Project: Using a Teacher Designed Program to Grow Other Teacher-Lead Ideas

We have been given a unique opportunity to create a project based learning school for seniors in our district. This half day program, called the Learning Project, (which began in 2013) integrates math, physics, economics, government, and English through real world projects. In this program the students are developing skills of verbal and written communication, personal agency, collaboration, project management, and ...more »

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