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.

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A STRATEGIC AGENDA

A STRATEGIC AGENDA Based on the input so far, a strategic agenda slowly but surely fills with the following points: 1. Bridging the gap between management and the base. Management and "the trenches" should be connected (role reversal, hybrid roles, distributed leadership, change agency). 2. Approaching teachers and school staff in a holistic way: have an eye for the professional, but also for the person behind the professional. ...more »

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Own it! Teachers taking the lead with the evaluation system

In response to Colorado’s new teacher evaluation system, a system plagued by ambiguity and fear, CEA funded our grant request to recruit NBCT and other master elementary, middle and high school teachers in Cherry Creek Schools, representing Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science, World Languages and ELL, to participate in a professional development activity centered on best practices and the new system. District ...more »

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Teacher Leader Partnerships for Developing State Conversation Conveners

U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Alumni and their respective colleagues will leverage leadership skills in order to build systems to support teacher leadership networks within their respective states. Common priorities across states will include building teacher leadership capacity in response to specific state needs, a focus on college and career ready standards, and attention to state adopted instructional ...more »

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Transforming Common Planning to PLCs: Embedding Teacher-led Vertical Planning & Horizontal Differentiation in High Schools

Our high school traditionally allows for departmental meetings for English, Social Studies, Science, Math, etc. These meetings are primarily a time for the Department Head to take supply orders, communicate administrative directives, and/or take inventory of the teachers' individual concerns. This time is not traditionally used to examine student work, analyze data, or bring forward new ideas such as the Common Core ...more »

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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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Game Based Mathematics in a Rural Setting: a summer community partnership for elementary students grades 2-5

With school budgets tight, many school districts have cut summer school remediation and enrichment programs completely from the educational landscape. In Mesa County, Colorado, we have experienced massive budget shortfalls during the past five years. During this time, Mesa County Valley School District #51 lost its summer school programming. Many students in the rural communities of Mesa County no longer had access to ...more »

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Building Capacity to Teach Students from Poverty

Teachers should be able to earn an endorsement to specifically teach students from poverty. We can earn certification in special education, ELL and gifted education. Similarly, there should be a certification that focuses on the data and instructional strategies behind teaching students who come from poverty. This should not just be one class, but an entire endorsement. I have taught at schools where most students ...more »

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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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Teachers as Instructional Leaders: A video library of the best practices in your school for embedded staff develo

Our District has a high teacher turnover rate; our school does not. We have learned that by building up our own staff as leaders within the school and district, we can stop our most effective and brilliant teachers from leaving. One of the ways in which we have done this is by creating a video library of our own teachers in action. When we are given a new district initiative, observe a best practice that we see a teacher ...more »

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Changing School Climate; A Collaborative Journey: Teachers and Principal Unite For REAL CHANGE

The successful transformation of a high poverty low achieving, graffiti covered school to an award winning welcoming educational environment! The collaboration between a principal with a clear vision of shared leadership and teacher leaders willing to step into major leadership roles. This journey began 7 years ago with a new approach to behavior utilizing the Positive Behavior Intervention System in tandem with a School ...more »

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Professional Learning On Demand

Professional Learning needs to be teacher driven and focused on student achievement. It needs to be accessible 24/7 and have methods for authentic collaboration and sharing of effective instructional practice. On a small scale I've done this with a website containing a wealth of videos called Classrooms in Focus & Coach's Cuts. These videos expose teachers to effective practice with our own students using our own materials ...more »

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STEM: Strategies That Engage Minds - Every teacher STEM / Career Ready

To be career ready in our ever-changing global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, along with mastery of key knowledge, skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another, and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. - Career Readiness Partner Council, 2013 Quality career readiness experiences allow students to apply academic and technical learning ...more »

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