I'm collaborating with amazing teachers and teacher leaders in developing the program I wish I had to prepare me for teacher leadership! One that includes the skills for the changing role of a teacher, that helps teachers prepare for new roles, implement ideas that impact students, and/or lead from the classroom. This program will be wrapped around the Teacher Leader Model Standards and will be a blended-learning program, ...more »
Summer 2014 Campaign
An opportunity for teacher leadership growth exists between pre-service teachers (PSTs) and current teacher leaders (TLs). What I envision is a partnership between a college of education and a local K-12 school. Relationships between these institutions exist for observation and student teaching experiences, but not as frequently for experiences outside the classroom– or at least, not with a focus on teacher leadership. ...more »
Uncommon Planning brings together cross-curricular, cross-school, and cross-grade level teachers to collaborate around higher-level (can be Common Core) instruction and assessment. The program focuses on developing "emerging teacher leaders" - effective teachers who might not enjoy formal leadership roles but want to contribute to and learn from a broader conversation about high-level teaching. We started in the 2012-13 ...more »
I would like to set up a formalized teacher advisory board that includes teacher representatives from across the state who provide regular feedback and and counsel about how to solve the state's biggest educational challenges.
With support from their administrations, a group of National Board Certified Teachers will mentor their colleagues through the board certification process in 6 schools in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the south Bronx. With a focus on content knowledge and differentiation in instruction, this group of diverse elementary, middle, and high school teachers will collectively improve their practice in order to improve student ...more »
I am developing a powerful Teacher Induction Program. Though based on Iowa's approved program: Journey to Excellence, I have created a "new and improved" program to better meet the needs of our beginning educators, mentors, administration and ultimately, the student! The program's intent: to create a qualified teacher who meets the Iowa Teaching Standards (ITS) through a variety of learning projects. An additional ...more »
TeacherLedProfessionalLearning.org TeacherLedProfessionalLearning.org is a new website aiming to ensure that all teachers have the chance to learn on the job and that great teachers can lead on the job. The website starts with a simple premise: Schools already have their greatest professional development resource on hand: great teachers who are ready to take on leadership roles, who could lead professional development ...more »
I'd like to pilot hybrid positions for teacher leaders in NC schools for teachers who could teach for part of the day and mentor other teachers for part of the day.
As an NBCT, one of our roles is being an advocate for quality instruction and the needs of students to a variety of stakeholders. I often hear from colleagues is what does advocacy look like? At times I have seen it take on an “us against them” situation as evidenced by the comments I heard from teacher leaders that ranged from administrators trusting us as professionals to telling administration to back this is the ...more »
As a teacher at a school that values teacher leadership through formal team leader roles, I will work to strengthen collaboration among our team leaders. Working alongside a colleague and with the guidance of an administrative coach, I will establish structures that maximize collaboration among team leaders. Improved collaboration among team leaders will result in better alignment of curriculum, effective instructional ...more »
While core subject teachers in my district participate in PLCs each day, the Career & Technical Education teachers do not have any sort of PLC since each teaches something different. All teachers benefit from collaborative interaction, so I am starting a collaborative learning group among the CTE teachers I work with at my high school. Because our planning times do no coincide, I am using Google classroom to share professional ...more »
The stewardship of the teaching profession should reside with teachers, yet so much of professional development is done "to" teachers rather than "with" them. Of course we need strong back-bone organizations that can help teachers see themselves as facilitators of their own life-long learning. Districts, non-profits and professional organizations, for example, can help teachers emerge as the leaders we need. We also ...more »