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.
(@christina.yuknis)

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A Seat at the Policy Table

Teachers often complain that we are left out of the policy talks. It is up to us to claim a seat at the table by establishing relationships with our elected representatives. These relationships are critical in ensuring that representatives turn to us, the experts, when education questions are raised. It is also important for representatives to hear from their constituents (which include educators) regularly in order ...more »

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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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(@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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(@melissa.mcqueen)

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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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(@kmworth8)

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Creating a Teacher-led Dream School

In an effort to start a new school that provides the type of education being advocated by education reformers like Tony Wagner, Sir Ken Robinson, and Daniel Pink, I am preparing a charter application for Da Vinci High School which will provide an opportunity for students to discover their passions and pursue them. In much the same way as students, Da Vinci will provide opportunities for teachers to discover and pursue ...more »

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(@lnoble)

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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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(@scheib303)

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America's National Education Problem: Let's Take Action Now to Improve the System!

Because advanced learners are in every American classroom and only three states require teacher pre-training programs to include advanced pedagogy, teachers are not prepared to address the needs of advanced learners. The 2008 Fordham Institute teacher survey found: • 65% of teachers reported that their education courses and programs focused very little, or not at all, on how to teach academically advanced students. • ...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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(@cabbott)

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Developing Teachers as Leaders in their Classroom, School, District & Profession

A Master's level certificate graduate program that combines course work and clinical experience that leads teachers to develop proficiencies as teachers in their classrooms and as a leaders in their profession. This program has state approval; teachers completing the certificate portion of the program will be eligible to apply for Tier III state certification when that becomes officially active. The program delivers ...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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(@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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(@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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(@msem1964)

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Uniform Training for Staff

According to the National Education Association, 46% of all teachers leave teaching within five years. In the 2011-12 Personnel Turnover report compiled by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), there were 1040 new teachers in the District. While there are myriad reasons for this turnover, this proposed solution focuses only on preparing new teachers, providing structure for existing teachers, and streamlining ...more »

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(@andreashunk)

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Cadre of Distinguished Educators

The Cadre of Distinguished Educators is a deeply reflective application process for educators in the David Douglas School District interested in engaging in shared leadership at their schools an in the district. It would create a culture of shared leadership and shared responsibility among educators inducted into the CODE and a ready pool of talented and exceptional educators capable and willing to support all aspects ...more »

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