Fall 2014 Campaign

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

Fall 2014 Campaign

Teaching Students and Teachers to Reason

Just as schools eliminated corporal punishment beginning a few decades ago, it is time to consider doing away with detention. This brief imprisonment of a child is counterproductive to what we are trying to do as teachers and educators. We can better teach students to reason by reasoning with them. I know many teachers who have found a way to deal with a recalitrant student but have avoided giving them a detention. They ...more »

Submitted by (@vriesman)

City : Oxnard

State : California

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Overcoming and Enduring Adversity in Education

21st Century Educators face many challenges on a daily basis. These challenges can cause great stress to those in education. This stress then impacts the education system in negative ways. It has been my experience and observation that the well-being of those in education is not taken into account and this leads to stress, burnout and/or retention problems. We have a responsibility to ensure that we are leading the next ...more »

Submitted by (@crystalbyrd419)

City : Satsuma

State : Al

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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 »

Submitted by (@dhodum)

City : Farmington

State : Maine

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Differentiation with Teachers in Mind

I hope to differentiate professional development for my staff based on their individualized needs. By helping teachers to reflect on personal areas of growth and strength, I hope to increase teacher effectiveness and in return improve student achievement.

Submitted by (@jfine0)

City : Raleigh

State : NC

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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 »

Submitted by (@arc0300)

City : Pasadena

State : CA

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Sharon

I believe an educator would be remiss if she/he fails to make a connection with students on the first day of school. For homework at the end of day one, I asked my students to write an essay about their first day of school. Suffice it to say the feedback was insightful and gave me a peek at the "true child." Sure data on cumulative records and discourse with the previous year teacher helps, but reading a child's thoughts ...more »

Submitted by (@sbrown1127)

City : Yonkers

State : NY

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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 »

Submitted by (@rowan0)

City : Louisville

State : KY

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Hybrid Teaching roles

In order to bring some shape to an otherwise flat career trajectory for teachers, districts should begin to replace or augment their district personnel with in-the-classroom teachers. This would bring an authenticity to this work and bring credibility to those who lead PD discussions with teachers. In my district I have had the opportunity to model this role. I teach high school US History at .4 FTE and then head to ...more »

Submitted by (@mark.sass76)

City : Denver

State : CO

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Start With What You Have

Many teachers across the country are working hard to prepare students for the Common Core standards. In our district we are implementing Project Based Learning (PBL) where students design, create, and collaborate their way toward 21st Century Skills. It is tempting to throw out old lesson plans and start from scratch, an intimidating task. Why not take existing lesson plans and adapt them to the new way of learning? ...more »

Submitted by (@barnes.1)

City : New Albany

State : OH

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The Upside Down classroom

Many current teachers were taught back in the stone ages by professors of nothing who didn't employ internet resources and DVD's. Many still use lecture or teacher centered instruction as their soul device for delivering instructional material. Synthesizing what we already have discussed; new teachers would be partnered with fossil teachers and assist them with webpage development, integrating technology into the content ...more »

Submitted by (@jspcronin)

City : Gallup

State : NM

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Serve up Success for Second Career Teachers

We need more second career teachers. They bring high content knowledge and valuable real-world experiences to the classroom. That is my perspective as a second career teacher. We need programs that do a better job of recruiting them yes, but more than that we need professional development programs focused on the specific challenges of new second career teachers. The "one size" teacher prep or teacher mentor program is ...more »

Submitted by (@johnedw)

City : Deltona

State : FL

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New Teachers Shadow Exceptional Peers

School districts allocate time and funds for new teacher induction programs yearly that do not meet the diverse needs and circumstances of the incoming staff. Frequently, the experienced yet new teacher receives the same professional trainings and induction expectations as the novice teacher. While an experienced teacher typically requires an understanding of school wide initiatives and protocols, fresh -out- of- college ...more »

Submitted by (@dschenck)

City : jersey shore

State : pa

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