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 Systematic Approach to Teaching American Sign Language/English Vocabulary Across Content Areas

On the national level, Deaf and Hard Hearing (HH) students continue to graduate from high school with an average reading level at the 4th grade. To help increase Deaf and HH students’ success with learning English, The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) utilizes a bilingual/bicultural approach in the classroom. The primary language of instruction is American Sign Language (ASL) and English is taught as the second language. ...more »

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Less Testing, More Time for Teaching and Learning

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 »

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"Unified" Physical Education Course for Individuals with Disabilities

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.

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Organizing to Lead the Profession

Through the Montgomery Institute, we want to identify, train, and support 50 teams from large urban systems in deepening their work to advance the value proposition for the profession of teaching. There would be a special emphasis on increasing the number of systems seeking to lead the policy debate on teacher evaluation through the design and implementation of Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Programs. The Montgomery ...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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Revamping Team Roles to Promote Buy In

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 »

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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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The Learning Project: Using a Teacher Designed Program to Grow Other Teacher-Lead Ideas

We have been given a unique opportunity to create a project based learning school for seniors in our district. This half day program, called the Learning Project, (which began in 2013) integrates math, physics, economics, government, and English through real world projects. In this program the students are developing skills of verbal and written communication, personal agency, collaboration, project management, and ...more »

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Teaching and Learning Summits

Curriculum is often driven at the district level by department chairs, lead teachers, and curriculum directors. At times the state may provide examples of exemplar teaching units that teachers may use and of course set the standards for teachers and students. But how can teachers best implement their curriculum? What actually works in the classroom? There is a treasure trove of ideas but unfortunately teachers across ...more »

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Connecting with the Early Learning Community

We know that many children enter kindergarten already behind. We also know that students who perform at grade level by third grade have a much higher chance of graduating from high school prepared for college, career, and citizenship. It's time we connect with the early learning community to align our work with children and families as they transition from the PreK to K-12 systems, in order to provide every child with ...more »

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Exploration of Teacher Leadership as a Pathway to Teacher and Student Learning

This Teacher Leadership Idea explores the school-wide implementation of inquiry-constructivism as an authentic pedagogy offered in high school mathematics and science classrooms through teacher-leader teams. Inquiry, as defined here, is the instructional practice of sustained teacher-facilitated questioning which fosters authentic student engagement and intrinsic motivation (Stohl, 2010). More specifically, ...more »

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Aligning Professional Development to Support Educator Evaluation

I am currently connecting a research study on the benefits of aligning professional development to the teacher evaluation system in order to improve instructional practice (and thus, student achievement). The purpose of my study is to gather data regarding the alignment of professional development needs with a district’s teacher evaluation system. These district teacher evaluation data, along with information gained ...more »

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