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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A Whole Child Approach to Academic Success

Since 2009, RIASCD has concentrated its efforts on a Whole Child initiative, originated by ASCD. We believe that the essence of the Whole Child Initiative is to strengthen education in Rhode Island by explicitly linking educational reform infrastructure to the tenets (Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported, and Challenged) and to operationalize them for people who are empowered to make change. RIASCD has assembled partners ...more »

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Harnessing Edu-Power! – Creating Teacher Leaders & Creating 21st Century School Spaces

My colleagues and I helped create, develop, and transform our current blended learning school program - Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education. In it, teachers have a three-pronged role of instructor, advisor, and chief architects of our program & learning models. In our primary role, we use curricular knowledge & assessment literacy training to collaboratively break down standards into targeted learning benchmarks. ...more »

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Highlighting Teacher Leaders at the School

Inspired by Roland Barth and other authors who argue that the answers to school improvement lie within their own walls, I decided to highlight the expertise and leadership in our school by interviewing experienced master teachers and publishing those interviews in the bi-weekly staff professional development newsletter. These teachers were asked about what inspired them to become educators; their training and experience; ...more »

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Create a Culture of Questioning

As an educator I have found that a properly presented question moves both myself and others. However, formulating effective questions requires training and practice. Engagement in discussion about this foundational skill develops the skills needed to lead. A trained questioner produces a subtle power of service with professional influence. Influencing peers and educational policy through authentic questioning may remain ...more »

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Developing an Effective Professional Development Cycle

Our team has developed a data-driven, personalized and strategic professional development cycle that allows teachers to drive their own growth. The cycle includes time for teachers to work in PLC, conduct action research, utilize data in instructional planning and select workshops based on individual need/interest. We would love to share the origin of our new way of looking at professional development, strategic planning ...more »

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Engaging Middle School Students in the Assessment Process

The most important component of assessment is feedback. In order for assessment to have the greatest impact, students need to be involved in the process of evaluating their own work and addressing important questions about its quality and accuracy. Increasing demands on teacher’s and classroom instruction time make implementing effective strategies challenging. Better tools could assist teachers with this important ...more »

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Teacher Action Research

Teachers undergo a year long action research project in their classroom. Teachers meet as a group to support the development of their project and a professional learning community among. The meetings also focus on the best practices in action research that can be incorporated into their project. At the end, teachers present to their colleagues their projects. The action research process begins by identifying a problem ...more »

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Writing Arguments in Science

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project, along with five other National Writing Project sites, is in the middle of a two-year initiative, funded by the federal Department of Education, to study effective ways of teaching students to write arguments citing evidence in middle and high school science classes. We are eager not only to share what we have learned so far, but to learn from others how this standard is being ...more »

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Mindfulness

The idea is to teach students the skills to clear the mind and remove external distractions in order to enhance learning, reduce stress and, as Congressman Tim Ryan eloquently states, "calm the soul". Scientists continue to affirm numerous benefits to the practice of stilling the mind, yet public educators are not embracing this truth due to it's similarities with religious practices. I would like to fight the tendencies ...more »

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Combining community resources and researched practice to energize the teaching of history.

Teachers of history who also value the role writing plays in learning would meet to create a summer institute that explores how local archives and history museums can be rich sources for student learning. By reading research on the role of writing in learning, exploring variations on teaching practices, and fostering relationships with local archives and museum personnel these teachers would develop and implement a ...more »

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Developing Collective Efficacy Beliefs for Teachers

Creating internal coherence for instructional improvement requires organizing the work of the whole school, administrators, teachers and teams to support higher-level academic work in every classroom. This represents an understanding that principal leadership has an indirect impact on student achievement and requires, among a myriad other responsibilities, building a collective efficiency around a clear instructional ...more »

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Regional Teacher Leadership Academies

All teachers must be leaders.Teachers must inspire others and influence outcomes in their classrooms and as a result of the new teacher evaluation system,this is also required within ones school, district, and community. My idea is to to create Regional Teacher Leadership Academies using the Leadership Competencies developed for the Teacher Leadership Initiative. The NEA, CTQ, and the National Board, with the help of ...more »

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