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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The World Languages Proficiency Project: Preparing Our Students for a Multilingual World

The World Languages Proficiency Project will help the Modern and Classical Languages Department provide students with effective tools (technological and non-technological) that will help them explore their language of study through reading, summarization, and storytelling, and discover talents that they will be able to transfer to their learning in other disciplines. It will also build more collaborative efforts in the ...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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(@pam.rickli)

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Student-Centered Literacy Instruction

Allegan Area ESA is leading our county districts toward a student-centered literacy model for reading and writing instruction. Michigan teachers have written a CCSS aligned model for reading and writing instruction (MAISA Units of Study, K-12) using the workshop model. This is the beginning of great instruction, but teachers need a model of what this instruction looks like in a real classroom. I would like to develop ...more »

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(@k.will1)

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Every Teacher is a Coach; Every Teacher is a Leader

Our school is fortunate enough to have given one of my colleagues and me the opportunity to work as instructional coaches for one class period. We have seen the coaching approach to instructional improvement benefit all of our coachees in that it gives them ownership over the topics we discuss. I propose extending this idea to training our entire staff in peer coaching to give them the power to help each other "own" ...more »

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(@shereen.henry)

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Enhancing Student-Centered Instruction through a Teacher Leader Professional Learning Community.

We are a cross-disciplinary professional learning community made up of teacher leaders from English Language Arts, Math, Science and Technology. As content-area teacher leaders, it is difficult to find a PLC that is relevant to the leadership aspect of our work. Participating in a PLC composed of teacher leaders and coaches, allows us to focus on the elements of high-quality instruction that transcend content-area boundaries. ...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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(@mark.sass76)

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Teacher Leader in Residence Program

Establish a teacher leader who would teach part time and spend the rest of the time at the Colorado Department of Education as a Teacher Leader in Residence (TLR). The TLR would establish a cadre of teachers from around the state whom would work with CDE to write, implement, and sustain education policy that impacts teachers. The cadre of teachers would geographically represent teachers in all content areas and from all ...more »

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(@hallockr)

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Cultivating Quality Teachers: The Problems of Practice (POP) Fellowship

Many successful, experienced teachers love teaching but also look for opportunities for leadership outside the classroom that allow them to keep teaching. They are problem-solvers who think critically about what they don’t know and how that affects their practice. These teachers want to lead and share their inquiry with their colleagues, but do not want to become administrators. What if these teachers had the opportunity ...more »

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(@ashley.dann)

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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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(@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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(@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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(@jessica.moore0214)

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Engaging in Peer Learning through Teaching Labs

The first year of the project will focus on assembling and training a select group of educators that will lead the project and serve as Core Mentors in the follow years. This core group of exceptional leaders will undergo extensive training both that will address the standards, new assessments, text complexity and close reading through PLC style training. This team will serve in a collaborative mentoring role for all ...more »

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Time to Teach Parents

Partnering with local community Centers and businesses to offer locations in neighborhoods for parents to come and get lessons on how to help their kids with their homework, completing financial aid paperwork for students, how to locate medical resources in the community, etc( whatever the needs may be). Having teachers in Core subject areas and required electives of the high school tutor/ teach parents how to help their ...more »

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(@herzogk)

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Teacher Leaders are needed for Transformational Change to occur in the United States Public Education System

Public Education is under attack. Outside of education organizations are increasingly blaming teachers for underperforming schools. These organizations seek solutions outside of our current public education system creating the illusion that transformational change cannot occur within the system. There is too much at stake to allow this perception to continue. Teacher Leaders are not only helpful but critical in creating ...more »

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(@hayibonte)

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Teacher Council

Schools often have student councils to provide input from the student perspective. District and school administration often set up temporary task forces and committees of teachers to solicit and provide teacher input on decision making. My idea is to develop a model for a permanent and empowered teacher advisory council. The council could be at the school level, but if the model works it could be extended to the district ...more »

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