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 »
Fall 2014 Campaign
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 »
We know that the world's highest-performing learning environments offer us ways of thinking creatively about developing the next generation of world-class teachers. We can design deep, meaningful pre-service experiences that could help us create sequences of transformative student teaching that embed collaboration with master teachers at their core. Singapore, Finland, and many other countries not only talk about honoring ...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 wonder if there is a way this site could add a "clearing house" of professional development opportunities for teachers?
These might include both competitive and non-competitive offerings, as well as paid and unpaid opportunities to continue growing within the profession.
I believe deprivatizing teaching is the single most powerful job-embedded professional learning model. Teachers learning from other teachers through observation (classroom visits), dialogue, video reflections, and student work analysis situates teachers as co-learners and provides practitioners with authentic spaces to reflect, collaborate, and problem solve issues of practice. Through creating my own learning lab I've ...more »
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 »
Building on the excitement generated last year when we did an hour of code, I invited 5th graders to participate in a before school Technology Club. Over 31 students participated in the creation of code for small animation programs, created I-Movies, and assisted other younger students and teachers with all kinds of technology and media. This was relatively simple to lead, and included parent involvement. It maximized ...more »
Our proposal is to lead a movement to transform the way professional development is designed and implemented in education. Education is one of the only fields that relies on outside sources to develop the capacities and competencies of teachers. We spend billions on PD with little impact on outcomes. Our approach is three-fold: 1) to build capacity among teachers. to this end we just unveiled a web site that can guide ...more »
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 »
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 »
Earth Science, the study of Earth systems, integrates the physical, chemical and biological sciences as an applied STEM course. It provides students the tools to begin to develop an understanding of the world in which they live. Students are exposed each day to practical examples of its application. In NYS, it is taught at all levels and as a separate course at the secondary level with mandated lab time and a state ...more »