Fall 2014 Campaign

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

Campaign: Fall 2014 Campaign

Change Teacher Ed Programs

Every teacher is a teacher of English Language Learners, students who receive special education services and some GATE identified students. So why the general teaching credential? Teacher Education Programs need to include more and more classes that help prepare teachers to teach in the most inclusive classrooms, learn how to integrate technology and information literacy, and child development at the appropriate levels. ...more »

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City : SF

State : CA

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Action Research For Teachers

In a field driven by research based best practices, who better to add to the growing base of knowledge than teachers? Action research is a practical inquiry based approach to research conducted by teachers interested in gathering information about how they teach, how classrooms operate and how well their students learn. Data is gathered with the intent of developing effective practice, effecting positive change and ...more »

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City : Hammond

State : Indiana

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Reinvent the Wheel? Let's Collaborate and Retain Teachers

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 »

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City : Lahaina

State : Hawaii

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Increase Student Achievement without Increasing Workload

Non-consequential competition led to average annual reading score lexile gains of 350 compared to 300 seen the previous 3 years; a new record of 2,000,000 words read by 1 student in 1 year was set, and one class achieved the highest lexile increase division wide (a first for ESL). My students read so much that I had to buy new books. (The local Rotary Club provided a $500.00 grant.)--with minimal prep time and no additional ...more »

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City : Virginia Beach

State : Virginia

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Teacher Leaders as Undercover Substitutes

At times it would be nice if struggling teachers could watch how someone else would handle a group of students (possibly a class with several special needs for differentiation or behavior modifications) because hearing how it could be done is not always very effective. There are times when it would be most effective and efficient to simply see how a master teacher could orchestrate the same class. If the master ...more »

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City : Virginia Beach

State : Virginia

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Teacher Career Ladder

There is very little to no career ladder for teachers other than entry into administration. Pay increases in many, if not most districts, are still based on an antiquated model of pay increase by years of experience. While experience should certainly be a factor, measuring it by the years that a teacher spends in the classroom is not the most effective manner of doing so. We need a system where teachers enter the profession ...more »

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City : Mount Jackson

State : VA

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Quality Experience for Mentored Teachers

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.

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City : Warner Robins

State : GA

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Teacher Voice Website

I've started a teacher voice website, bluffcityed.com, to encourage aspiring teachers writers in my city to share their stories of working within their classrooms, our school district and our state. I specifically ask teachers to focus on how education policy impacts their ability to teach and work as a professional in our state. I actively recruit teachers from colleagues as well as other professional organizations within ...more »

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City : Memphis

State : Tennessee

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Apprenticeship Model for Teaching: Improving Teacher Effectiveness, Development and Retention

Teacher turnover and burnout is preventable. A recent study concluded that more pedagogical preparation does impact retention positively (Sawchuk 2014). In higher education, the problem doesn't quite manifest as a retention issue, but as an effectiveness issue. When college-level faculty experience burnout their commitment and job satisfaction is stressed, but burnout is mitigated through support and collaboration ...more »

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City : Orange

State : CA

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National Board Certification & Race to the Top

Race to the top money is given to schools trying to "catch up" technologically across the nation. If schools choose this, they get the money and must abide by the stipulations that come with it. I'd like to see a federally funded project in which teachers seeking national board certification, can partner with a mentoring program, facilitated by national board certified teachers, to assist them in the process. This program ...more »

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City : roswell

State : Georgia

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Paradigm shift

Schools are on the brink of a paradigm shift. The big challenge is to transform the school from a bastion of truth and knowledge to school as a permeable, transparent learning community. Hence the teacher is no longer the sole gatekeeper of truth and knowledge, but the efficient enhancer of the conditions for effective learning and optimal development. Truth and knowledge reach the pupil along many roads. It is the challenge ...more »

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City : Delfzijl

State : Holland

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National Board as a framework for a Professional Learning Community in urban schools

I developed and have already begun to implement this model of Professional Practice in my school where myself and the other National Board Certified Teachers who work in my school combine forces as a cohort to help other teachers in our school achieve National Board Certification. In this pyramid-style model, teachers on our staff who have already achieved NB certification, provide support to a cohort of teachers who ...more »

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City : Boston

State : MA

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