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What is your idea for teacher leadership in your school, district or state?
(@sjohnson)

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Grade Level Collaboration Ideas

During the school year, my district is great about training teachers how to use new instructional methods in order to meet the Common Core State Standards. However, the district has basically told us that we need to find all of the resources ourselves. We are also expected to create an assessment for each skill. In order for teachers to create their own curriculum and assessments they need to be given time. Not only ...more »

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(@heatherhotchkiss)

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Authentic Collaborative Teams: Meaningfully co-designing and implementing common instruction

My teaching has been transformed by being a part of a meaningful collaboration that has been maintained weekly for the past 4 years. With 7 current members across 5 different schools, we work together towards our common goal of helping students learn IB physics. We are committed to staying in alignment with each other because it enables our collaborative community to be more powerful. Therefore, we make decisions by ...more »

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(@keljormon)

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teacher advisers on school boards

Recently I have attended some school board meetings and I find that the members on the school board usually have an understanding about budget, finance and the physical operations of companies and businesses, but have no idea about education. I suggest that there be some teacher adviser positions which serve to give feedback on what happens in a classroom, school building and how whatever topic is being discussed would ...more »

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(@kld240)

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Classroom Connections: Creating opportunities for peer observation

Every day there are amazing things happening in our classrooms. One of my goals is to ensure that there are opportunities for my teachers to observe one another, share strategies, and collaborate. I would often hear talk of peers wanting to observe one another but rarely was there ever follow through. My instructional coach and I created "Classroom Connections", the opportunity for our teachers to make a connection ...more »

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The Importance of Talk Time...for Students!

Collaborative conversations, text-based discussions, literature circles, Socratic seminars...these are a few of the buzz word strategies that have been used throughout the ages in order to engage students in learning. Providing opportunities for students to discuss rich fiction or expository text in a productive way is a great way to aid them in digesting the hefty standards they are expected to master. When students ...more »

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(@sueb524)

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Tech Buddies: Creating Technology Learning Time for Students and Teachers.

In order for students to meet the demands of college and career readiness, they must be computer literate. Many schools have addressed some technology training for teachers but professional development for teachers is always a challenge to school schedules. Tech buddies is a simple answer to creating opportunities for teacher leaders to share with teachers and student leaders to share with other students. Much like the ...more »

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Student Leadership Team

Teaching students to be leaders can help sustain a school-wide social emotional learning environment, (SEL) as well as a school site positive behavior intervention support program (PBIS). Developing Student Teacher Leadership Teams to aide in the implementation of the programs can help the student body take ownership of the concepts and processes. Research to support the importance of SEL and PBIS for children can be ...more »

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Literature Circles!!!!

Students love choice when it comes to what they can read. Giving them the opportunity to choose a book they are interested in motivates them to want to read. In conjunction with reading the same text with other classmates, students have an opportunity to engage amongst eachother and have conversations about what they are reading. I would like to invite my fellow colleagues to try reading cirlces in their classrooms ...more »

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Writing Workshops

Holding writing workshops at the secondary level can be beneficial for students. This model is typically used at the elementary level, but systematic and structured mini lessons can potentially benefit secondary students as well. I have found that it not only inspires students and allows them to focus on foundational concepts of writing that are often overlooked during regular class time.

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(@cap100)

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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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Just Ask

There are so many different ideas and opinions about how to improve schools, teaching, and learning. We hear from parents, educators, administrators, policy makers, and everyone who has access to a soapbox. The one voice we rarely hear is that of students. This idea is to institute a regular questioning process with students to gather insight into a school's progress, to collect new ideas for new directions, and to empower ...more »

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(@gauckh)

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Using iPads to increase Higher Level Thinking Skills

I have been in charge of piloting five iPads in my resource room setting for the past three years. Due to the testing scores my students received, my principal bought 40 more iPads. I have spent numerous hours independently investigating ways to best use iPads at the elementary level to reach the top of Blooms Taxonomy. As my iPad use has expanded so have my views on how to use iPads as tools towards higher level thinking, ...more »

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(@radams)

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National Board Distinguished Preparation Pathway

P12 National Board Certified classroom teacher leaders will drive collaboration and partnerships with higher education faculty to design and implement a voluntary National Board Distinguished Preparation Pathway option for aspiring teachers. Participants will intentionally be introduced and made aware of National Board Certification upon, or before, entry into their teacher preparation program. The Pathway will include ...more »

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(@pam.mordue)

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Work based learning with peer mentors for students with autism

At this moment many students that have learning disabilities or cognitive disibilities spend part of their k-12 education learning about the world of work. They learn this by taking work based learning classes that allow them to go to work for part of their school day and earn credit toward a high school diploma or a certificate of completion. Many of these students require a job coach so they can be successful. This ...more »

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(@cordesk)

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Questioning and Contemplating Assessment Practices

Informal. Formal. Summative. Formative. Assessments are powerful educational tools, and we use them so frequently. Nevertheless, teachers receive very little education about or training in effective, valid assessment practices. Teacher education programs could certainly include more about assessments, but classroom experiences with them provide valuable knowledge that theory never will. Therefore, a greater conversation ...more »

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