OVERSEE AND REINFORCE TEACHERS/PARENTS VOICE IN SCHOOL SITE COUNCILS. Teachers want their voices to be heard in the decision-making process that impacts their practice. This is my 19th year as a teacher. I just finished my 2-year term as an elected chair of my school’s site council. In my experience, most school site councils, at least in San Francisco, are a smoke-screen to make it look like teachers’ and parents’ ...more »
Fall 2014 Campaign
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 »
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 »
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 »
The following is a link to a pilot project I am working on here in rural, Western North Carolina to expand in-classroom, teacher-to-teacher professional development. The over-arching goal of this project (http://1drv.ms/1ugZTlq) is to expand the number of teachers using innovative, student-centered teaching approaches - proven methods that result in positive student outcomes and ultimately better prepare students for ...more »
There is very little to no career ladder for teachers other than entry into administration. Pay increases in many, if not most districts, are still based on an antiquated model of pay increase by years of experience. While experience should certainly be a factor, measuring it by the years that a teacher spends in the classroom is not the most effective manner of doing so. We need a system where teachers enter the profession ...more »
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 »
Just as Doctors have restored their profession, we as teachers need to "take a page from their book". Doctors go through paid residency programs (the bill is paid through public funds... medicare) where they are mentored and paid as they learn. Teachers are expected to do this in a few unpaid months. In fact, many states allow a college degree (in anything) to convert into a classroom teacher with no hands on experience ...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 »
Every school should have one or more "master" teachers as full time, on-site support for faculty. These master teachers would be tasked with helping colleagues reflect on and improve practice. This would be a full time endeavor that would involve being in classrooms and meeting with teachers all day. These teachers would not have to teach classes of their own, but might team teach with colleagues both for coaching purposes ...more »
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 »
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.