Revamp Team Roles at the Elementary Level I would like to propose a model of group commitment based on the idea of roles for each and every member of the team. This would produce a group of equal members who are all committed to making the team process fruitful. Each team could have a blog or website that would take care of the tedious part of the meeting and meeting time could be used for discussion, sharing and development. ...more »
Boston Teacher Leadership Summit
It is imperative to provide educators with opportunities and forums to share their expertise and explore areas of shared interest in order to inform and improve their practice. Creating these “Affinity Groups” has the potential to minimize teacher isolation and meaningfully impact student achievement. This is already happening at some schools, like the Maurice J. Tobin School in Mission Hill, Roxbury, where teacher ...more »
My teacher leadership idea provides professional development training to kindergarten teachers. All too often teachers are certified in elementary education from kindergarten through sixth grade. Many of them have had very little early childhood experience yet they can be assigned to a kindergarten position. Through my experience as a kindergarten teacher, teacher leader, and now a mentor to new kindergarten teachers, ...more »
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.
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 »
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 »
My proposed idea is for the Boston Public School District to be the first in the nation to create and adopt a policy that limits the number of instructional days used for mandated testing. I propose that the development of the policy be informed by the maximum number of days students can be absent without being retained. District and State attendance policy and data systems identify and define excessive and chronic absenteeism, ...more »
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 »
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey John Dewey may finally get a rest after decades of rolling in his grave, now that Vermont's legislature has passed Act 77. Vermont secondary students will now be invited to play a more active role determining when, where, and how they learn. Act 77 encourages educators to design innovative models of ...more »
My Teacher Leadership Idea is to create Core Action Leadership opportunities for teachers. The Core Actions have many layers and I want teachers to become experts on one or more Core Action. For example, Core Action 3 in English Language Arts focuses on complex texts. An English Language Arts teacher can become an expert on that Core Action and lead professional development trainings around that Core Action. Teachers ...more »
I would like to implement a P.E. course that follows the model that the Special Olympics and M.I.A.A. have set fourth in their Unified Sports initiative. Using this model, students with significant disabilities (athletes) would take part in a P.E. with general education students (peers). Both groups of students would receive P.E. credits.
Reflection is the core skill for both good teaching and personal growth. Teachers who reflect on their successes and failures can thrive even in difficult classroom situations. They can grow to become masterful educators and touch hundreds of minds. The same is true of anyone - if we can reflect on what went well and what could have gone differently, we grow, we evolve, and we become better people and members of our community. ...more »