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 »
Boston Teacher Leadership Summit
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
"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 »
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 »
The Western Massachusetts Writing Project, along with five other National Writing Project sites, is in the middle of a two-year initiative, funded by the federal Department of Education, to study effective ways of teaching students to write arguments citing evidence in middle and high school science classes. We are eager not only to share what we have learned so far, but to learn from others how this standard is being ...more »
Instead of hiring expensive, outside experts or consultants to teach teachers on district professional development days, teachers and administrators teach a variety of modules and sessions from which each educator chooses. The traditional consultant fee usually spent on outside experts compensates the inside teachers for sharing their ideas and strategies as well as for their preparation time.
Our goal for each child should be to leave school equipped to lead a successful and productive life in a global society. This encompasses not only basic academics, but includes foreign languages, social skills, creativity, the arts and appreciation for the multitude of talents with which an individual is gifted. High test scores are not indicators of success in society.
How can teachers enhance the writing skills of English Language Learners with Disabilities? The Boston Public Schools has a significant population of English Language Learners with Disabilities (ELLSWD). ELLSWD often face a significant challenge in producing writing in all areas of the curriculum. Yet, the ability to write is essential for both functional literacy as well as college preparation. Additionally, the ability ...more »
In order to meet the needs of the rising number of English Language Learners in the public school systems, school districts need to revamp existing curriculum and teaching practices nationwide.
Writing across the curriculum. Integrated units. Guided reading. Research. Common Core Standards. Tech integration. Professional development.This is the heavy and often unmanageable load that teachers everywhere are attempting to juggle. Enter the most underused leadership resource in school districts: the librarian. The librarian has a perspective that no other educator has in the building--we are the only ones to see ...more »
Teachers increasingly need the resources of business, state and local government, clubs and community members in order to both break down the walls separating the world from the classroom as well as providing up-to-date curriculum support for our students. Community Partnerships 21 will provide an easy to use data base of resources that teachers can tap into in order to provide 21st century learning skills in our classrooms. ...more »