Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Please share an actionable teacher leadership idea to be considered for possible inclusion in the regional Denver Teacher Leadership Summit, taking place January 10-11th, 2015. The deadline to submit is midnight (EST), December 9th, 2014. Note: Submission of an idea for the Denver Summit indicates that you would like to be included in a summit (either individually or on a team) to further develop this idea and to create a concrete actionable plan for teacher leadership. This is not a call for proposals or presenters. *All information submitted will be kept private unless marked "public." NOTE: All ideas and comments are subject to moderation and will not be posted until they are approved.
(@kristina.mccormick1)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Developing Teacher Leader Learning Communities for Alternative & Charter Schools

As Washington State begins developing a charter school program on a statewide level over the next several years, alternative education has become a much larger and more publically discussed issue. The Middle College program in Seattle has been around for over a decade; in the past, this program was highly successful at providing an opportunity for at-risk youth to experience genuine success in both school and society.... more »

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(@tmartin3)

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Coaching and Mentoring of New and Experienced Teachers: Innovating and Diminishing the Stigma with Observation and Coaching

Observations and feedback in education have gotten a “stigma” in education. Either teachers find that it’s done too often, not enough, or that it isn't representative of their work. What I would like to propose would be developing a program or training that would allow teacher leaders to take on some of the coaching and mentoring of both new teachers and experienced teachers looking to refine their practice. Studies... more »

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(@todd.bloch)

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Take learning off the clock! Advance students on Learning not seat time, A blended learning approach.

Once students enter the middle level they have learned the school game. Many students know they will advance to the next grade no matter what their achievement. What if students were allowed to work at their own pace in a blended learning environment? This would differentiate the learning experience for ALL students. Students will advance when they have mastered the standards, not by the end of the "school year". This... more »

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(@wendolyn.nolasco)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Advancing Student Centered Instruction: Becoming a Facilitator

Year after year, both qualitative and quantitative data suggests students necessitate ample opportunities to speak, read and write so as to build those twenty-first century skills the real world demands. It’s no surprise, then, that Common Core highlights instructional shifts that require reformed approaches. The exchange and synthesizing of concepts, building on knowledge with opportunities for intervention as well as... more »

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(@kalpana.sharma)

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Teacher Leaders as Health Ambassadors

Teacher Leadership, an endeavor to develop a new generation of middle leaders within the teaching profession is gaining significant recognition in my school. Teacher Leaders and teachers are working hard to provide every student a safe, academically challenging, and inspiring learning experience. Teacher’s well-being is often forgotten amidst setting the high expectations for student achievement. My idea is to promote... more »

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(@tmartin3)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Coaching and Mentoring of New and Experienced Teachers: Innovating and Diminishing the Stigma with Observation and Coaching

Observations and feedback in education have gotten a “stigma” in education. Either teachers find that it’s done too often, not enough, or that it isn't representative of their work. What I would like to propose would be developing a program or training that would allow teacher leaders to take on some of the coaching and mentoring of both new teachers and experienced teachers looking to refine their practice. Studies... more »

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(@lnazareno)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher Powered Schools

Current school structures are rooted in the industrial era and prepare students for a time that no longer exists. Teacher-powered schools provide an opportunity for teachers to engage in the types of interactions and model the skills that our students will need to be successful and contributing citizens.Teachers in these schools think critically about how to meet the needs all students, work collaboratively to solve... more »

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7 votes

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PAAVEMGMT 1.0 SmartSchools

PAAVEMGMT 1.0 SmartSchools® has taken a very unique approach to plant two trees with one seed... (redeveloped, rehabbed or rehabilitated of abandoned properties or eyesores) in any neighborhood - which can be utilized as “Hybrid Homes” or a “SmartSchools” concepts - in remedying a "Sub/culture in Crisis," especially among young boys and young men of color. These are deep-rooted in that; we have extensive research into... more »

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(@lnoble)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Breaking Down the Dam-Letting the Continuity Flow from Kindergarten to 8th grade with NGSS

From Kindergarten through 8th grade, we are seeing gaps in science knowledge and skills. Teachers will help teachers shore up these gaps with NGSS-inspired integrated lessons, utilizing language arts and math. Teachers from our middle school and 3 feeder elementaries will benefit from collaborating in PLC’s to form a unified instruction plan to better support students on their way to high school. Eight hours of teacher... more »

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(@melissa.mcqueen)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

New faculty orientation class

When I started at my school, there was no orientation for new teachers. During that school year I would often think "I wish I had known that before now". I documented all of those items during the year and, with my principal's permission, created a new faculty orientation workshop. I lead it during a 1/2 day before the start of the school year. We go over important culture and practice items for our building, those... more »

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(@miranda.egger)

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Denver Writing Project: Putting Teachers Back in Charge of Professional Development

University of Colorado’s Denver Writing Project is our local affiliation with the National Writing Project-- the only national professional development organization that focuses on improving teaching of writing at all grade levels for teachers of all contents (with over 200 sites in the US). The DWP model is designed to provide support for self-directed professional learning for teachers and by teachers that addresses... more »

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(@mthorsenphd)

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Teaching is About Connoisseurship, Love, and Service. Although it would be much simpler if it was not.

Expertise with a purpose, love for others (without condition), and providing opportunities for young people to reach their potential is the foundation of everything we do. Whether we admit it or not; this is also why we choose a path in education. It is easy to be distracted and moved by the jargon of the day: school choice, pay for performance, and the nod toward both the rationale and the practical. The truth is:... more »

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(@m.ed.d)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Blended Learning Environment

Through the creation of a blended learning environment, students will have the opportunity to create their own pace and personalize their own learning. Teachers will take the time that has been spent on grading assessments and have the ability to truly assist students according to their weaknesses. This environment opens assessments up to project based learning through doing rather than the entire class learning the same... more »

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(@bwellmanonw)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Science & Engineering Educators Co-operative (SEE Co-op):Working collaboratively to design & analyze purposeful education data

Solid instructional design is grounded in identifying clear learning targets and creating an assessment plan to insure that the instructional goals have been achieved. Unfortunately few tools exist to allow teachers to collaboratively create common learning objectives and valid and reliable assessment tools aligned to those specific learning objectives. A new paradigm of education assessment development and deployment... more »

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(@kim.rogers)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teachers Shadow Students for a Day!

Purpose: To fully experience a school day in the shoes of a student. In doing this, the Shadower will come away with insights about intended and unintended effects of school practices & policies on students, to be shared with colleagues in a constructive way. Process: Educators “shadow” individual students in their school or district for a full day. They go to every class of each student, including lunch, stand near... more »

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