Fall 2014 Campaign

What will you do to advance teacher leadership this school year?

Fall 2014 Campaign

Principals should teach summer school

Principals should teach condensed summer school classes with full responsibility of attendance, electronic gradebooks, and SOL preparation. This would require the least amount of time committed to the task and give more of a sense of belonging to the school and the teaching community. Most dedicated administrators I've encountered miss the classroom. There are a few who spend hours in the classroom, especially during ...more »

Submitted by (@donna0)

City : Virginia Beach

State : Virginia

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Student Teaching

I think that so many educators are coming in from different fields, and we are also seeing a decline in student teaching from traditional education programs. Student teaching needs to be funded and mandatory. Perhaps the reason we are losing most of our new educators is because of a lack of support and mentoring. Teachers should get to work with a mentor teacher in the classroom for maybe an entire year. BUT GET PAID. ...more »

Submitted by (@tamara.schoen)

City : Coral Springs

State : Fl

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Defined career ladder for classroom teacher

Whilst the two school districts I have worked with have discussed and outlined a teaching career ladder with formal placements and scales; Mentor, Team Leader, Lead teacher, Subject Chair, Thus far they have not been implemented and subsequently for someone in education to have a career the move typifies from teacher to administration. Having a defined career track will serve several purposes, inspire educators to continue ...more »

Submitted by (@michael.harvie)

City : Haines City

State : Florida

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Team teaching and personalization of curriculum for students

When a high-school teacher is solely responsible for several classes and feels responsible for all of the information delivery to students, he/she might feel there is no room in the day for taking on leadership responsibilities. Shifting towards a personalized curriculum and team-taught classrooms will allow teachers to feel empowered to take on leadership roles. Why? 1) Working in a collaborative environment will ...more »

Submitted by (@jstainton)

City : Woodstock

State : VT

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Sharon

I believe an educator would be remiss if she/he fails to make a connection with students on the first day of school. For homework at the end of day one, I asked my students to write an essay about their first day of school. Suffice it to say the feedback was insightful and gave me a peek at the "true child." Sure data on cumulative records and discourse with the previous year teacher helps, but reading a child's thoughts ...more »

Submitted by (@sbrown1127)

City : Yonkers

State : NY

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The Fight to Save At-Risk Texas Students: Educator Training

In late July 2014, Texas came under criticism after a report released by the U.S. Department of Education for the state's rankings on special education services. Many one of the greatest struggles in our classrooms today is reaching students with special needs and at-risk students. According information published by the Texas Education Association, one of the key tools to improving drop out rates is providing educators ...more »

Submitted by (@megan0)

City : Waco

State : Texas

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Online Afro-centric summer camp

I have a vision of creating an online supplemental camp with an Afro-centric focus to expand on the ideas presented during Kwanzaa as well as during February (Black History Month). This camp would, by teaching about the academic accomplishments of African-Americans through reading Afro-centric history, cultural work and literature, reduce the reading achievement gap, as well as build a sense of pride in students to work ...more »

Submitted by (@jeffreyvbrown)

City : Owings Mills

State : MD - Maryland

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New Teachers Shadow Exceptional Peers

School districts allocate time and funds for new teacher induction programs yearly that do not meet the diverse needs and circumstances of the incoming staff. Frequently, the experienced yet new teacher receives the same professional trainings and induction expectations as the novice teacher. While an experienced teacher typically requires an understanding of school wide initiatives and protocols, fresh -out- of- college ...more »

Submitted by (@dschenck)

City : jersey shore

State : pa

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1/2 Teacher and 1/2 academic Coach - A new roll for experienced teachers

Create an academic coach with lasting impact by appointing teachers who will coach teachers half the day and work as a classroom teacher the other half of the day. With this structure you leverage a master teachers skills and allow them to stay current and refine their craft. In our district and I suspect in others, an academic coach is a teacher pulled from their class room to work full time with other teachers. ...more »

Submitted by (@johnedw)

City : Deltona

State : FL

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Classroom Procedural Potluck

Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, I taught high school English. Toward the beginning of the year, I was feeling inundated with policies and procedures, coming both from the greater school culture and my own bag of teaching tools, needing to be imparted to my students. To "make a meaningful moment" with each procedure, I created a "Procedural Potluck" diagram of a bowl and posted it on a large piece of posterboard ...more »

Submitted by (@tchipman)

City : Jacksonville

State : Il

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Consultant: Classroom Time Optimizer

The Classroom Time Optimizer works closely with administration during the scheduling, planning, and implementation of all non-classroom events in the school building throughout the day. As a classroom teacher with lightened preps due to this responsibility, this consultant has a priceless perspective on the way events are scheduled and kids are managed during events like assemblies, yearbook company informational meetings, ...more »

Submitted by (@mrebne)

City : Roeland Park

State : KS

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Serve up Success for Second Career Teachers

We need more second career teachers. They bring high content knowledge and valuable real-world experiences to the classroom. That is my perspective as a second career teacher. We need programs that do a better job of recruiting them yes, but more than that we need professional development programs focused on the specific challenges of new second career teachers. The "one size" teacher prep or teacher mentor program is ...more »

Submitted by (@johnedw)

City : Deltona

State : FL

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