Fall 2014 Campaign

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

Campaign: Fall 2014 Campaign

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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City : Ellensburg

State : WA

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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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City : Elgin

State : Illinois

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An Innovative Comprehensive Reading Program For Kindergarten

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 »

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City : Zanesville

State : Ohio

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Lead Teacher in Professional Learning Community

A lead teacher organizes a group of teachers (can be content-based) to collaborate and accomplish an instructional goal, usually data-driven and student-achievement-based. The group identifies their target for improvement, petitions for resources (often this is time to meet together and possibly some PD that matches their focus area) and agrees on the data to collect in order to monitor progress. The data should be connected ...more »

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City : Pasadena

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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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 »

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City : Deltona

State : FL

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Own the Data

Teachers used to know their students on a deep level. We need to empower teachers to know and understand their students. Knowing their students will help individual teachers own and understand the data their students provide. Teachers should own and analyze the data for their own students. Teachers should be expected to implement change to help all students become successful, functioning members of society.

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City : Little Rock

State : Arkansas

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Close Reading Across the Curriculum

As an ELA teacher, it is hard to make students understand this is not Vegas; what happens here doesn't stay here. To facilitate that notion, after I introduce close reading and annotations, I request that faculty members in other content areas accept annotated texts from my students and build on that. The teachers are receptive to the idea and initial that the student has shown them his/her annotated text. The students ...more »

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City : DuBois

State : Pennsylvania

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Root Cause for Defining Intervention Practices

Over the last several years, teachers have come far in their ability to analyze data, pull out related information about student performance, and begin to dig into those students who are not meeting proficiency. Schools have done an amazing job of developing instructional coaches, interventionists, and intervention classes to help remediate those needs. Yet, where it always seems to fall short is aligning the appropriate ...more »

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City : Colorado Springs

State : CO

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Scaffolding Academic Discourse for English Language Learners

I would like to start a discussion of ways to foster accurate academic participation for ELLs (or other student populations). Currently, I use scaffolds such as posted and practiced academic sentence frames to assist students when reporting out ideas after “Think-Write-Pair-Share.” I would like to collaborate with others to broaden my strategies and increase student use of academic language and structures. Please share ...more »

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City : Virginia Beach

State : Virginia

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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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Writing Workshop for At-Risk Middle Schoolers

There are places that Harper Lee once described as never changing, regardless of the ebbs or flows of U.S. prosperity. Hempstead, NY is one of those places: its unemployment and crime rates are high, its literacy rates are low, and it's always been this way. While one program cannot change all the problems of one community, it can change one thing: it can give the middle school students of this village a voice. The ...more »

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City : Bay Shore

State : New York

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