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.
(@miranda.egger)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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1 vote
(@pvalentine)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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3 votes
(@msem1964)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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0 votes
(@palmerw)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Leading from the Middle

There is a unique leadership position for those who work closely with both teachers and students, and with stakeholders who are some distance from students (e.g., the business community, state policymakers, higher education, or district central office personnel). Establishing school-based teacher leaders who can act in the space between classrooms and other agents in the educational ecosystem is critical for two reasons:... more »

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2 votes
(@karin.hogen)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher-Leadership Consultant Teams made of Innovative Teacher Cohorts

Innovative Teacher Consultant Teams? What? Why? Everywhere across the nation there are schools staffed by innovative and effective teachers. However, besides social media and professional conferences, these teachers’ practices and ideas stay within the walls of their schools. In combination with this issue, school districts employ consultants who try to implement one thing or another. The issue here is that the consultants... more »

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14 votes
(@curtisa)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Fostering Collaboration: The Role of Teacher Leaders in Building Level Curricular Change

Implementing adaptive curricular change, from truly understanding new standards like CCSS or NGSS or a new instructional model like PBL, is a very challenging cognitive task for teachers. At its best, that change should inspire teachers to reconsider their views on successful teaching and learning and also confront their own educational biases. This kind of work can't happen without support, engagement and encouragement... more »

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1 vote
(@hayibonte)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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6 votes
(@shawnsheehan)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teach Like Me

Schools across the country are adversely affected by teacher shortages . In response, I have created the Teach Like Me Campaign. The Teach Like Me Campaign's main goal is to improve teacher recruitment and retention by redefining public perceptions of the teaching profession. We will accomplish this with three main components: First, we encourage teachers to speak more positively about our profession. We ask teachers... more »

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6 votes
(@mekawilhoit)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

JumpStart Kindergarten: Catching them before they fall

JumpStart Kindergarten is a program I have implemented at my school. The program is designed to reach students and their parents before they come to school. It involves teachers, parents, school staff, and other stakeholders in preparing students and parents on what to expect when beginning school. Parents are involved in parent nights. There is a "KinderCamp" program for incoming students the summer prior to K start... more »

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2 votes
(@k.will1)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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12 votes

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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1 vote
(@ashley.dann)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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6 votes
(@claudettecarson)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Veterans Supporting The New

I suggests recruiting exceptional retired teachers who lead by example three to four times a week, three hours a day; give them a stipend; and let them support new teacher. This teacher leader would model various instructional techniques, classroom management, broaden content knowledge, research community resources, etc. This leader would be assigned to a grade level and a specific number of teachers. This leader can... more »

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1 vote
(@jill00)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Framework 2021: A P-20 Vision for Colorado

Framework 2021 unites and influences the P-20 educational community promoting excellence for each learner. The framework will provide professional growth, voice, and innovation for Colorado educators; advocacy and success for each Colorado learner.

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7 votes
(@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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4 votes