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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Submitted by (@heatherbuskirk)

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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Submitted by (@sdembro)

Lesson Study

Effective teaching requires collaboration, adaptation, and reflection of instructional practices. A Lesson Study is a professional development practice, which allows teachers to effectively collaborate, adapt, and reflect upon their instruction. This is an ongoing process where educators work together in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for their students. Such ...more »

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Submitted by (@egilrein)

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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Submitted by (@alice.laramore)

Promoting School Vision by Assessing the Whole Student

Most schools in the United States have deliberate mission and vision statements meant to drive instruction and develop the whole student. To make the mission and vision an integral, tangible part of our school, we have started to make it a part of the assessment cycle. Not harnessing the power of broad ideals to transform the culture of our schools is a wasted opportunity. At our school, students must pass a cumulative ...more »

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Submitted by (@reynoldsm)

Transformation is Tough—Partnering With and Supporting Teacher Leaders

Change is hard and stepping up to provide leadership can be personally and professionally challenging. Teacher leaders are often right in the middle—at the crux of important conversations about teaching and learning that can feel like they are between a rock and a hard place as they talk with colleagues and friends about altering long-standing practices and challenge established beliefs. Join a conversation about the ...more »

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Submitted by (@khoppe)

STEM Connections: Community Colleges, Universities and Teachers

The Next Generation Science Standards involve the implementation of Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas. These standards pedagogy that emphasize learning in context. In order to connect teachers to real world application, networking with scientists and engineers is the central focus. I will develop a collaborative network among the community colleges, universities and ...more »

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Submitted by (@susanlautner)

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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Submitted by (@laurpepperman)

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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Submitted by (@torrezma)

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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Submitted by (@rosemary.reillychammat)

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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Submitted by (@brandyprice)

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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Submitted by (@acastro)

Elementary Science (K-5) and the STAAR

The basic foundation of my Teacher Leadership Idea is encouraging academic growth in the area of science in elementary. More importantly, the successful collaboration of teachers in grades 3 through 5. In the state of Texas, students in public education are assessed in fifth grade in science, math and reading. Much emphasis is placed on both reading and math at a very young age, but science (as well as social studies) ...more »

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