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 »
A lot of teachers I know want to attend Professional Development programs, but can't due to financial restrictions. When they ask for funds, there is no money available. I also know many teachers, including myself, who pay out of pocket to attend numerous conferences and trainings. My non-teacher friends are always shocked to find out that not only I am not getting paid to attend the PDs on my own time, I am also paying ...more »
We need to put the voice of educators back into education policy. To do this, we need to provide training for teacher leaders who want to engage in policy forums. This training would be to provide a concrete, workable model for constructing an action plan that is accomplishable within a working teacher's schedule and still gets results.
Initiating discourse in the classroom has ignited intellectual student conversations which reflect student’s true desire to learn and read selected articles. Discourse also proved an understanding and comprehension of the text which showed a 10-15% increase in scores on both formal and informal assessments. Allowing students to sit back and talk about there individual understanding of a text allows students to engage ...more »
I'd like to pilot hybrid positions for teacher leaders in NC schools for teachers who could teach for part of the day and mentor other teachers for part of the day.
Effective teachers are the foundation of education. This proposal addresses chronic issues with alternative routes to teaching: poor induction methods into the profession, difficulty connecting academic certification requirements with real-life classroom challenges, and difficult school placements. This strategy enables a district to recruit, train, and retain highly capable new teachers. Instead of alternative-certification ...more »
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 »
In our state our two teacher unions advocated for a Teachers' Advisory Council with our legislators because of poor relations between the teachers and the department of education. In the summer of 2013, the council became a law. Our council is comprised of one teacher leader from each district. We meet on a monthly basis and make recommendations to the state Board of Education. This model could work in other states. ...more »
Teachers are ready and willing to meet the challenges ahead of them, but are short on the time and resources needed to meet their goals. Many teachers are looking for additional leadership opportunities but do not want to leave their primary teaching positions. By building collaborative groups of educators, led by a well-trained teacher leader, both of these goals are served. I would like to see teachers given the ...more »
The retention of highly effective teachers and promotion of leadership opportunities for classroom teachers are important aspects of the Career Ladder and strategic plan of the School District of Lee County. The LCSD career ladder incorporates years of experience with professional development training components to determine teacher domains: Apprentice, Career and Accomplished, and additional compensated leadership ...more »
For 10 years I did a Family Reading Night, inviting families to come in once a month at night to hear a story and do a fun related activity with their child. Last year I moved to a new school (in the same district) but did not do Family Reading Night. I will be bringing back Family Reading Night and I will be adding a new piece, Kindergarten Friends Book Club. One day afterschool (weekly) my kindergarten students will ...more »
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 »