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 »
Fall 2014 Campaign
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 »
Every school and district should set aside resources and time to engage students in experiences in the natural world. This initiative recognizes that there is educational value to this kind of expeditionary learning. Experiences can include literacy and math as well as science and social studies content.
Current discussions on transforming teacher education include creating leadership opportunities for teachers to lead innovation (CTQ Teacher Ed 3.0) and grow their roles and responsibilities without leaving the classroom (Project RESPECT). The TACTICS Teacher Leader framework represents a seven step process to prompt Teacher Leaders to use experience and professional judgment when translating research informed best practice ...more »
teachers should be evaluated by other master teachers not administrators. Many administrators have been out of the classroom for too long. Their input and suggestions are not as relevant or meaningful as a teacher who is current in her practice and effective. Peer review provides A less threatening method of evaluation. I believe it could lead to better instruction and more effective teachers!
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 »
School districts often allocate resources unevenly among schhols, sometimes fir reasons of demand or interest, but sometimes this magnifies inequality among schools, particularly for able kids at high-poverty schools that offer fewer advanced courses. Teach to lead by finding the kid(s) who need(s) an AP class --or some other class not offered at your school-- that class at another school in the district. Work with ...more »
In Riverside, CA, at the Riverside County Office of Education, we have a program called the Teacher Leader Certification Academy. This is a two-year academy designed for teachers who already serve as leaders, either formally or informally, but would like training in leadership and, specifically, in what teacher leaders do. We use the Teacher Leader Model Standards and Kouzes' & Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership ...more »
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.
My colleagues and I would like to make our middle school a balanced literacy school. Each teacher in every discipline would implement aspects of balanced literacy so that students are getting reading and writing instruction in every domain and benefitting from small group instruction as much as possible. We would like to start this idea with a cohort of teachers and then slowly spread to the whole school over a number ...more »
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 »
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 »
The Classroom Time Optimizer works closely with administration during the scheduling, planning, and implementation of all non-classroom events in the school building throughout the day. As a classroom teacher with lightened preps due to this responsibility, this consultant has a priceless perspective on the way events are scheduled and kids are managed during events like assemblies, yearbook company informational meetings, ...more »
As a member of the NJ Teacher Advisory Panel, I wondered what it would be like to try to develop a group of teacher leaders to influence change in my district. Step 1 was the ability to start the conversation with my superintendent, who really came up with the idea simultaneously with me. Step 2 was designing it: It would have to come from the teacher (aka me). And what would we seek to accomplish?! The number one goal ...more »
We all know that one of the most important partnerships we have is with our families. I believe that in order to have a more successful partnership with these families and to make them feel welcomed, we should invite them into classes, take extra efforts to reach out, be flexible with event planning and scheduling, host community forums on topics they've deemed important, and add a personal touch. At my clubs this year, ...more »