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Fall 2014 Campaign
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 »
I think that so many educators are coming in from different fields, and we are also seeing a decline in student teaching from traditional education programs. Student teaching needs to be funded and mandatory. Perhaps the reason we are losing most of our new educators is because of a lack of support and mentoring. Teachers should get to work with a mentor teacher in the classroom for maybe an entire year. BUT GET PAID. ...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 »
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 »
As teachers we are often viewed as experts but in the era we live in, we need to become expert learners, constantly searching for deeper understandings and new skills to address unfamiliar problems. Letting go of that image of expert is harder than it sounds. Raising questions & challenges that we want to ponder and invite others to think and learn along with us can be a new and enlightening journey. So, for example, ...more »
Find field-tested tips for initiating contact with your students' homes. Make that phone call home a positive and productive experience.
Teachers would be given a year to take their knowledge and teach at another district as an exchange program. Incentive would be an extra stipend and paid travel expenses.
This could grow into even trading for a need like math teacher for a science professional.
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 »
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 »
How can we build a culture of trust and support that encourages teachers to observe each other? Some models include "for stakes" peer observation, some include non-evaluative feedback. I think the latter is more practical initially if we are building a system from scratch. The goal is to empower teachers to create cycles of continuous improvement. I envision a system where a focus is identified by a team of teacher ...more »
My idea is simple. If a student does no work and fails a class then the family should reimburse the school district for the cost of the class. That's tax money being wasted! In my state, Florida, that would be about $250-300 per quarterly class period. Not enough to break the bank, but enough to insure that parents get involved in their child's education. And isn't that our goal in the first place. Sure, there could ...more »