As a motivational speaker and education consultant I realize the importance of relating relative elements to the mandated Curriclum is so important. Teaching students without developing a purpose behind the material in essence is teaching them to regurgitate information more so then process.
Boston Teacher Leadership Summit
Our idea is to develop a system designed to grow and support a network of teacher leaders. These leaders/coaches will support and expand the leadership role of teachers through a joint labor management collaboration. The goal is to develop and retain high quality and effective teacher leaders.
Building on our creation and rollout of teacher leadership this year, we propose a two-year Lead Teacher training cycle that provides tiered support, targeted professional development, and team-building designed to enhance teachers’ capacity to lead from the classroom while affecting real change and growth for all students. We envision year one of the cycle as an apprentice year for teachers to learn more about teacher ...more »
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 »
Public schools are always in need of resources due to funding limitations. Massachusetts is a center of higher education institutions. Why can't public schools and Massachusetts higher education institutions work together to enrich the experience of students in our classrooms? Salem State University is now home for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Dr. Christopher Mauriello is the Center's director and ...more »
The Bread Loaf Teacher Network has developed a model for Connected Learning in the 21st century through which teacher-leaders nurture the capacity of young people to serve as agents of change, developing leaders through mentorship in democratic, educational creative writing workshops. The model is designed to connect parents, students and teachers with each other and with communities across the nation and the world. We ...more »
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 »
In districts across the country, teachers are inundated with student data. While a powerful tool for teaching and learning, student data in vast quantities can be challenging and time-consuming to navigate. Moreover, data analysis does not automatically transform classrooms: without honest reflection, rich collaboration, focus on results, and mutual accountability, student learning outcomes will not improve. Teachers ...more »
Educators know there is not enough time to get things done. This project connects teachers from Colorado , Massachusetts, and around the world virtually to discuss redesign around how time is used for student learning and teacher collaboration. Some of the teachers are currently teaching in schools that have been redesigned around time, while some teachers are passionate about changing the way time is used in their classrooms ...more »
Teachers are ready and willing to meet the challenges ahead of them, but are short on the time and resources needed to meet their goals. Many teachers are looking for additional leadership opportunities but do not want to leave their primary teaching positions. By building collaborative groups of educators, led by a well-trained teacher leader, both of these goals are served. I would like to see teachers given the ...more »
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 »
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 »