Teaching is like riding a bicycle. Once you learn, you’ll never forget. Writing a thorough lesson plan gets you up on that bike, rolling along. Standards provide a framework for excellence in teaching, but it’s just oh-so-easy to pick up that old textbook and teach from cover to cover. Teacher evaluation programs give us more specific criteria, but they only assess. Instead, coaching teachers to create thorough lesson ...more »
Fall 2014 Campaign
Develop systems to identify and prepare talented teacher leaders for positions as school leaders. - Provide financial assistance for aspiring leaders pursuing administrative credentialing requirements - Provide teacher leaders with knowledge of adult management, union contracts, school budgeting, and operations. - Provide paid administrative residencies, to connect aspiring leaders with valuable out-of-the-classroom ...more »
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 »
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 »
Teachers, support staff, and principals need to communicate effectively with both parents and students about expectations. It is important for both to know what they are learning and why.
One of the greatest classroom management and outcome increase strategies I've found over the last 20+ years teaching English language learners is helping each student find an academic niche—giving each student an area of expertise in the classroom. It goes back to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. When I look at my students, I wonder if they are well taken care of at home, if they are hungry, if they are accepted by peers, ...more »
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 »
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 »
We are the second largest district in the state of Illinois. We have very few (less than five) teacher leader positions in the district. My school is beginning the process of teachers volunteering their time to peer coach, peer review, and help develop sound teaching. It's an exercise in trust and community.
Especially in urban and lower-income communities, the majority of children go from school to an afterschool program each day during the school year. Many of these children go to summer programs when school is out for the summer. Cross-training, shared learning goals, and stronger communication and collaboration between school teachers and the staff working in afterschool and summer programs could be a huge benefit to ...more »
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.
I deal with juniors and seniors at High school and they feel that there is a disconnect between their school lives and the lives in the community. We need to get more teachers to participate in community events, sports meet, have required teacher recommendations before students are hired at the fast food joints, at the church etc. This liaison would help them behave better, pay more attention to school performance and ...more »