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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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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Early Intervention in Kindergarten

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 »

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Creating Change Agents in a Global Society: Experiential Learning via Global Student/Teacher Summit with Swedish Sister Schools

The Wareham Public Schools Global Education Team is comprised of twelve teacher leaders who strive to instill leadership abilities in students and preparing them to be active and productive participants in a global economy. The Sweden Sister Schools Project involves Wareham teachers and students partnering with a K-8 school in Asaka, Sweden and a high school in the neighboring town of Trollhatten, Sweden. High school ...more »

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National Board as a framework for a Professional Learning Community in urban schools

National Board Certification can be the foundation for Professional Learning Communities in schools. Establishing a truly shared model of Professional Practice—created and implemented by teachers within one organization—is critical for developing a school-wide culture of rigor and professional growth, especially one that benefits all students and helps build the instructional practice of teachers. Simultaneously, the ...more »

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Improving College and Career Readiness

I would like to create a plan to implement a college and career readiness unit into the high school English curriculum. Ideally, this would be a semester long English elective course that all students would be required to pass during their junior year. This unit would include personal inventories, job shadowing, a research paper, a career fair, resume writing, a culminating research paper, interviews, and much more.

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Use History to Teach Empathy

A school climate can be made more positive by developing empathy through lessons or curriculums that facilitate multicultural awareness. My school uses the Echoes and Reflections Leaders in Holocaust Education curriculum for an elective class during our middle school Creative Arts block. During the course, students realized how easily fundamental human and civil rights can be denied and the ramifications of stereotyping, ...more »

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Help students Build Global Competence and the 21st Century Skills by Integration of Hard and Soft Skills for our Teachers

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 »

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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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Co-teaching Model in Elementary School

In order to challenge all students with grade level curriculum and expectations we would like to move to a more inclusive true co-teaching model. Currently, our data indicates that special education students with more inclusion time perform better. Our vision is to partner a regular education teacher with a special education teacher in one classroom to provide all daily instruction to students. Teacher teams would ...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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Collaborative Teaching Partnerships: Empowering Educators At All Levels Of Experience

To create collaborative partnerships with veteran, experienced, and novice teachers so that all may learn. Veteran teachers would offer experience and insight over time, experienced teachers would act as facilitators and offer their own insights, and novice teachers would share timely theoretical ideas they learned in their teacher preparation program(s). This would be a tri-fold model in which existing Teacher Mentors ...more »

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TLC: Improving and Refining a Statewide Approach to Teacher Leadership

Iowa has developed the most extensive statewide approach to teacher leadership in the country. After a year of planning and six months of implementation, now is the time for us to take stock of both our progress and the challenges ahead as we expand from 39 implementing school districts in year one to over 100 next year and more than 300 in the 2016-17 school year. Over the next three years, the state will invest ...more »

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