Fall 2014 Campaign

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

Fall 2014 Campaign

Submitted by (@cforchini)

Paid Professional Development

A lot of teachers I know want to attend Professional Development programs, but can't due to financial restrictions. When they ask for funds, there is no money available. I also know many teachers, including myself, who pay out of pocket to attend numerous conferences and trainings. My non-teacher friends are always shocked to find out that not only I am not getting paid to attend the PDs on my own time, I am also paying ...more »

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Submitted by (@jstainton)

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 »

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Submitted by (@jschimizzi)

Collaborating Cross-Content

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 »

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Submitted by (@dhodum)

Supporting new teachers

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 »

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Submitted by (@rowan0)

Innovative approach to recruiting and inducting alternative route teachers based on experiences with Teach Kentucky

Effective teachers are the foundation of education. This proposal addresses chronic issues with alternative routes to teaching: poor induction methods into the profession, difficulty connecting academic certification requirements with real-life classroom challenges, and difficult school placements. This strategy enables a district to recruit, train, and retain highly capable new teachers. Instead of alternative-certification ...more »

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Redefine Professional Development

I would like to start up a 'Teacher Academy' for Professional Development (PD) within my school district. I believe that we can all agree that PD has not been well received uniformly across all schools. While some schools/districts do things well, we can all do PD better. Teacher Academy Bullet Points *Leverage local universities or an on-line university to offer graduate credit for PD. *Tracks for specific strands (CCSS, ...more »

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Submitted by (@donna0)

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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Submitted by (@smenzo)

21st Century Innovation Team

The 21st Century Innovation team is in its third year in the Wallingford Public Schools. This education-business collaborative provides sabbaticals for teachers and administrators while they research, design, and implement innovative practices in their classrooms and schools. In 2012, five local corporations donated funds to place two teachers and an administrator on full-time sabbaticals for the year. During that ...more »

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Submitted by (@naomijefferypetersen)

Shared Mental Models Within Educator Teams: Not who is right but how much do we agree?

In a large scale studies of K12 faculty implementing school reform, Fouts (1999, 2004) found that effective schools were not distinguished by any particular reform remedy but by their shared vision and leadership: “The Total Restructuring Score [from the School Practices and Changes Questionnaire] is a measure of the degree to which teachers, parents, and administrators have worked together to define precisely what their ...more »

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Submitted by (@andrew.j.vega)

Affinity Groups: Spaces for Teachers of Color

Teachers who share aspects of their identity (gender, race, sexual orientation, etc) meet to discuss their work in schools and in education through the lens of this particular identity. How does it affect their work? What additional obstacles or stressed do you face as a result of this identity? What advantages or strengths does this identity allow you to leverage in your work with students? Teachers bring their entire ...more »

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Submitted by (@oheisel)

Using my time to assist in other classrooms

As much as possible, I use my planning time to assist other teachers in their classrooms. I start by unexpectedly stepping into a classroom of a teacher who has expressed a frustration. Politely I ask if I can observe in order to learn how their classroom works. I stay for whatever length of time I am available. Usually by the 2nd or 3rd visit, I find ways to assist the teacher. Once I have learned how the other ...more »

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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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