Teachers work together in teams to promote student legacy. Students are engaged to make improvements in their technical program, school and community. They seek ways to promote inclusion, acceptance and higher student performance. Teachers model and mentor students, who in turn lead and mentor their peers. Through discussion and participation in small group activities, the group bonds and creates positive change.
Boston Teacher Leadership Summit
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.
Our team wants to create a scope and sequence chart to support social and emotional needs of our students that our advisors could use to effectively support our students. In our school we have one teacher who tracks with a small group of students from 9th-12th grade in order to provide guidance in our high needs school for all four years. These classes meets daily for thirty minutes. It is important to our student population ...more »
Since 2010, teacher leaders in the Boston Public Schools have supported each other to strengthen their leadership skills through the Boston Teacher Leadership Certificate (BTLC) program. Now, in 2014, the district has made a renewed commitment to eliminating access and achievement gaps. In this context, the leadership capacity of BTLC program participants stands to serve as a significant asset. Today many students ...more »
Values like gratitude, altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, happiness and mindfulness are becoming ever more important and necessary to succeed in a diverse, global society. These are the values highlighted by The Greater Good Science Center based at the University of California, Berkeley (greatergood.edu). Our current skills-based, standardized-assessment system does not address the social and emotional skills ...more »
School and community must come together to provide the best environment for our students. This includes local colleges and businesses. There should be volunteer opportunities for community members to participate in the life of a child. My project would be centered on the formation of a School and Community Partnership board to empower people to participate in the ways they are comfortable--from reading to students, to ...more »
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 »
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 »
Nearly ten years ago, the Delaware Department of Education used to have a teacher on loan program. These teachers assisted with lesson modeling, developing PD sessions etc. Unfortunately, this program is no longer in existence. Most recently, a new statewide teacher compensation plan has been proposed including the creation of teacher leadership positions at every Delaware school. However, the current proposal includes ...more »
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 »
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 »
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 »