Every school should have one or more "master" teachers as full time, on-site support for faculty. These master teachers would be tasked with helping colleagues reflect on and improve practice. This would be a full time endeavor that would involve being in classrooms and meeting with teachers all day. These teachers would not have to teach classes of their own, but might team teach with colleagues both for coaching purposes ...more »
Fall 2014 Campaign
The US Dept. of Ed should request that districts' and states' Boards of Education have a Teacher Ambassador Fellows program similar to the federal program as a teacher leadership career path for those interested in shaping educational policies. Fellows would represent their colleagues at local and state boards of education. Selected fellows would engage in a dialogue with local and state legislators over their initiatives. ...more »
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 »
Veteran teachers can provide a quality mentoring opportunity for new teachers if they are provided the time and compensation. Veteran teachers are not given the release time needed to better assist new teachers. New teachers are observing how teachers are being overwhelmed and are possibly deciding at that moment to leave the profession.
Develop a forum within Teach to Lead for teachers, administrators and others to share what works in terms of implementing restorative practices to build community and respond to harm, including classroom circles and informal interactions with students.
Teachers are professionals, though we are not often treated as such. As professionals, we owe it to new teachers to support them as they develop their craft early in their careers. In most cases, student teachers work with a mentor teacher for one semester and then are thrust into the throes of their own room. Even in districts that have mentors, the new/novice teacher is still responsible for a full workload and managing ...more »
The literacy approach exemplifies teaching excellence with five certified teachers, five educational assistants, a literacy specialist and 110 students. It was initiated as the school district's staff decided to focus high stakes language and literacy intensive instructional practices on early childhood students. Each child has small group guided reading for 30 minutes. The practice of small group adult facilitated reading ...more »
Retaining teachers in Hawaii is a district issue. As a science teacher who moved from the mainland without family or friends to begin my first year as a teacher in a culturally different area, I am an example of what can help to retain teachers: mentorship. As a first year teacher, my mentor was another science teacher at my school. She got paid to be a mentor and I received professional development credit. Not only did ...more »
A professional learning team centered around better retaining, supporting, and accelerating beginning teachers in the areas of professional development, cross-curricular collaboration, and educator activism. Networks would be school-system based, with an annual state (and possibly national) conference. Monthly face-to-face forums would allow opportunities for professional networking and provided training on applicable ...more »
See the film, share YOUR story: http://reynoldstlc.org/keepersoftheflame/ For the most effective teacher leadership, we need respect, support and trust for their mission-critical role in our children's lives. We hope this short animated poem called KEEPERS OF THE FLAME - by me and my twin brother Peter H. Reynolds through the Reynolds Center TLC - will influence the national conversation. But we rely on folks like you ...more »
While Professional Learning Communities can be a wonderful tool, they often focus on collaboration between teachers of similar content-areas or grade levels. In a landscape where literacy and problem-solving skills are important for every content area, teachers gain so much insight by collaborating with "un-common" partnerships. Using the Common Core literacy and mathematical standards, teachers can collaborate to provide ...more »
Frustrated with the proliferation of instructional "coaches," especially in urban areas and in many conversion charter schools wherein faculty were novice and alternatively certified, we pursued grant money to develop an add-o coaching certificate with the state DOE.