Winter Campaign

What is your idea for teacher leadership in your school, district or state?

Campaign: Winter Campaign

Making Time to Learn by Observing Others

Since we were small, we have been learning new behaviors through the practice of observation. It's no surprise, then, that most teachers will adopt those practices that they experienced while they themselves were a student. The question to think about though, it whether those teaching practices we remember from our 7th grade Science class years ago are still applicable and meaningful today. It is important for us as ...more »

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City : Pleasant Hill

State : CA

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Summer Library-Let’s level the playing field and open the doors to the love of reading!

According to the Beginning School Study (1982), summer learning loss “accounts for most of the achievement gap between students who live in poverty and those whose families are better off”. As a teacher in a School-Wide Title 1 building with 53% free and reduced lunch students, I began to wonder how we can encourage our students to participate in a summer reading program. Barbara Heyns’s 1978 landmark study found that ...more »

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City : West Fargo

State : ND

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The Choice to Serve - A Veterans Project

Our county in SC has appx 26,000 veterans who served. In a mission to capture as many of their stories as possible, we have began a project to interview a portion of the population (we have committed 68 vets to meet with our students) and create documentaries about each of the. In small groups. Students will film, scan in veteran artifacts, and then create an e book page about their person. We have set up several items ...more »

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City : Lexington

State : SC

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Building community among teachers using peer observation triads

My school has a small recess yard and cafeteria which causes many staggered recesses and lunches by grade level. The classrooms are also situated in the wings of the school roughly by grade level. All of this leads to teachers connecting only with other teachers at their grade level for most of the day. This builds little sense of community amongst the teachers in the school. One way that we are working to end this ...more »

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City : Berkeley

State : CA

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Reverse role modeling.

If a class is having poor behavior moments, I take a minute to reverse the role modeling.I sit at a student's desk, and allow a small group of students to stand up as the teachers. There assignment is to get me to write my name on a piece of paper. While they're trying to teach me to do this, I display actions that they use. Sometimes I also give role modeling action cards and have small groups display the wrong behaviors ...more »

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City : West columbia

State : south carolina

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Engines of Change: NBCT State and National Professional Learning Teams

Let's elevate the role of NBCTs by creating professional learning teams in every state. NBCTs would work with state departments of education, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations to design and deliver professional growth initiatives for teachers in their state. NBCT teams, called Engines of Change, would consult with counties, districts, and school sites to support professional learning in America's ...more »

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City : Woodland

State : CA

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After School Teachers Fellowship

As a school gets bigger, the number of teachers grows as well. As the size of the staff becomes bigger and the school focus stays on student learning, building a meaningful relationship among teachers can be neglected and compromised. This can eventually create problems as the staff works with one another because they do not have any understanding of each other’s idiosyncrasies or life stories prior to working together ...more »

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City : San Ramon

State : CA

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Family Math Nights

Each year I help to lead Family Math Nights at our school. This began in a small way with just a few grade levels and has now spread throughout the entire school. In the spring, each grade level hosts a night in which a student brings his or her parent to a night filled with math engagement. The teachers plan activities that can all be worked on collaboratively with the student and parent. Additionally, all activities ...more »

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City : San Ramon

State : CA

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Ready for Day One: Teacher Preparation Programs

Research and teacher experience has demonstrated that teacher preparation programs are not preparing teachers to be classroom-ready on day one of their teaching career. Since teacher effectiveness in the first few years of teaching is a strong indicator of long term teacher effectiveness, our students are not being served. Research also indicates that the most novice and ineffective teachers are working with the highest ...more »

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City : Boston

State : MA

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Free Play vs Structured Sports at the Elementary Level

As a PE instructor I believe that kids learn better when they are given the time to be creative and use their imaginations. I do not referee games nor do I keep score. I teach kids the importance of good sportsmanship and teamwork. We play to have fun not to win or lose. I feel that when kids have the freedom to explore their skills, they are better able to figure out their strengths and weaknesses. At the elementary ...more »

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City : West Fargo

State : ND

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Create paid professional development for general education teachers run by special education teachers

Provide professional development opportunities for general education teachers at both elementary and secondary levels within our district and intermediate school district levels. Lead special education teachers would be provided time to prepare and organize professional development, and be paid if outside of school hours, to specific areas of need according to general education teachers. A common website would be created ...more »

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City : Howard City

State : Michigan

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Teachers advise architects

Consult teachers in the process of building & remodeling schools. We, especially elementary school teachers, are experts about traffic flow for carpool, buses, student movement within the building, placement of restrooms, student flow in cafeteria, locker placement, stairwell safety, parent access to the building, dry erase board placement on walls in classrooms, parking needs, access to outdoors / playground areas, storage ...more »

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City : Atlanta

State : GA

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