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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Public, Charter and Catholic School Teachers Collaborate in Dorchester

One Dorchester is a school-based effort between teachers in three schools – Boston Collegiate Charter School, Cristo Rey Boston High School, and the Jeremiah Burke High School – who learn from each other in the quest to improve student outcomes. The project's mission is to create sustainable communities of practice among teachers across the three partner schools, where the professional learning is teacher-driven and teacher-led, ...more »

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City : Brookline

State : MA

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The 3 Ls ELLs Need: Learning, Language, & Literacy

Teachers and school administrators from various schools and districts in the NYC public school system form the English Language Learner (ELL) Action Research Network led by consultant Maryann Cucchiara to study and implement the work of Dr. Lily Wong-Fillmore on building academic language. Their approach involves choosing complex, compelling texts for ELLs in lieu of simplified, watered-down texts. Using complex texts, ...more »

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City : New York

State : New York

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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 »

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City : Williamsport

State : PA

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More and Better Learning Time for Middle Schools

Our urban middle school implements a co-teach model for our students in grades 6, 7, & 8. Our 6th grade team utilizes a modified version of both RTI and "More and Better Learning Time" to reach struggling learners in math, reading in the content areas, and written expression. We would like to share how we incorporate a variety of teaching techniques, scaffolded lessons, activities, and projects. In addition we will share ...more »

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City : Revere

State : MA

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Teacher Led Implementation of the Common Core

At Boston Collegiate Charter School teachers are given great autonomy in the classroom to design units and lessons that will meet the needs of their students. With the adoption of the 2011 Curriculum Frameworks that incorporate the Common Core State Standards in Massachusetts, our teachers have the unique opportunity and challenge of reexamining their curriculum to ensure that content is meeting the new MA Frameworks ...more »

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City : Plymouth

State : Massachusetts

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Student-to-Student Learning Through Online Platform

On any given day, teaching 8th grade mathematics can be about teaching the pythagorean theorem to teaching how to multiply fractions. My students are at different levels in their learning and it is challenging to reach each and everyone of my them to meet to their needs. I have found that students using online video or math program platforms sometimes become frustrated when the video lessons are a too complex or for their ...more »

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City : Washington

State : District of Columbia

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Core Action Leadership

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 »

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City : Boston

State : Massachusetts

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Reviving Dewey: Teacher Leader Network Designs and Delivers Innovative Learning Opportunities in the Age of Vermont's Act 77

"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 »

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City : Westford

State : Vermont

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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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City : Melrose

State : MA

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Engaging NBCTs as Leaders for Student Growth & School Improvement Using Online Coaching

National Board Certified Teachers are trained as virtual coaches for Resident Teachers in years 1-3 using a private, local TEAMS platform on TeachingChannel.org. The goals of this program include: to enhance and to develop the practice of the untenured teachers so that they become more effective, address their formal evaluations with confidence and professionalism, learn to navigate the complicated and complex teaching ...more »

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City : Oceanside

State : NY

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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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City : Ypsilanti

State : MI

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Personal, not Professional, Development for Teachers: Not a Day Off but a Day On.

The demands of an intense school year can leave a teacher constantly playing catch up or succumbing to a "nothing done to full capacity" complacency. However, I have noticed that teachers at conferences or workshops are often times their most productive because they tend do two things - 1) talk about their schools and 2) lesson plan. Both are vital to the development of the teacher in that they allow him/her to share ...more »

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City : Boston

State : Massachusetts

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