Because of my visibility both as a blogger and as an award winner I have been invited on numerous occasions to be a guest presenter for all/part of classes at a number of colleges/universities. Each time I have received positive feedback from the students because they appreciated the insights offered by someone actually in the classroom. Colleges/universities should consider having a pool of nearby NBCTs upon whom they ...more »
In alignment with the Common Core standards, participants will be able to describe and highlight strategies to effectively use academic language with students.
At times it would be nice if struggling teachers could watch how someone else would handle a group of students (possibly a class with several special needs for differentiation or behavior modifications) because hearing how it could be done is not always very effective. There are times when it would be most effective and efficient to simply see how a master teacher could orchestrate the same class. If the master ...more »
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 »
Our school currently has a team of 8 amazing individuals who can serve as instructional coaches to help teachers in the building. This coaching team will spearhead the 2nd and 3rd Year Coaching Program. In this program, each teacher in their 2nd and 3rd year (1st year teachers receive a coach through the county), will receive an instructional coach that will meet with them once per month to help them perfect their ...more »
As an NBCT, one of our roles is being an advocate for quality instruction and the needs of students to a variety of stakeholders. I often hear from colleagues is what does advocacy look like? At times I have seen it take on an “us against them” situation as evidenced by the comments I heard from teacher leaders that ranged from administrators trusting us as professionals to telling administration to back this is the ...more »
To Create Teacher Advisory Boards at the District or County level.
Teacher Advisory Boards help bridge the gap between policy and practice, empower teachers as leaders, Experts, and professionals, and ensure that the best interest of students is at the forefront of policy conversations and decisions.
A lead teacher organizes a group of teachers (can be content-based) to collaborate and accomplish an instructional goal, usually data-driven and student-achievement-based. The group identifies their target for improvement, petitions for resources (often this is time to meet together and possibly some PD that matches their focus area) and agrees on the data to collect in order to monitor progress. The data should be connected ...more »
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 »
My colleagues and I would like to make our middle school a balanced literacy school. Each teacher in every discipline would implement aspects of balanced literacy so that students are getting reading and writing instruction in every domain and benefitting from small group instruction as much as possible. We would like to start this idea with a cohort of teachers and then slowly spread to the whole school over a number ...more »
Non-consequential competition led to average annual reading score lexile gains of 350 compared to 300 seen the previous 3 years; a new record of 2,000,000 words read by 1 student in 1 year was set, and one class achieved the highest lexile increase division wide (a first for ESL). My students read so much that I had to buy new books. (The local Rotary Club provided a $500.00 grant.)--with minimal prep time and no additional ...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 »