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 »
Summer 2014 Campaign
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 »
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 »
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 »
Research shows that professional development that is explicitly tailored to the needs of teachers will help them to develop and grow more as practitioners . It will also enable schools to better meet the unique needs of their students when the professional development plan is developed from the school based goals as opposed to a district mandated goal. I have implemented teacher meet up groups that address the school ...more »
Teachers have so many frustrations with a variety of aspects of education. Teachers should take more control of their own profession. This requires us to be more knowledgable about policy at federal, state, and district levels and to learn how we can give input on policy and work to influence it. I am doing a fellowship at US ED this year and would love to bring teachers in on a regular basis to see what ED does and ...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.
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 »
In an effort to strengthen our Leadership Team, (and in turn, all teachers), our Principal has authorized that the 3 Lead Teachers on Lead Team become "Peer Observers." We will be trained in the same format she was trained, though our Observations will not be tied to Teacher Effectiveness. While the training on Peer Observations is a huge resource in strengthening us as Lead Teachers, she is also designating 30 minutes ...more »
I have had the unique opportunity of splitting my time between teaching at my school and serving as a Teacher-Leader in Residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. In this hybrid role, I have been able to work alongside policy leaders making decisions that impact public education while reflecting on my classroom practice and representing teachers and students at the state level. As a Teacher-Leader in ...more »
I am working on re-designing my middle school’s computer technology course offerings. I pitched the idea of changing our CS program to be focused on computer science, programming, and electronics instead of the use of computer applications. For our required sixth-grade intro to tech class, we’ll include a unit on computer programming and data. For elective seventh- and eighth- grade classes, we will now offer two courses. ...more »