Fall 2014 Campaign

Submitted by (@jcuthbertson)

Learning Labs Go Viral

I believe deprivatizing teaching is the single most powerful job-embedded professional learning model. Teachers learning from other teachers through observation (classroom visits), dialogue, video reflections, and student work analysis situates teachers as co-learners and provides practitioners with authentic spaces to reflect, collaborate, and problem solve issues of practice. Through creating my own learning lab I've ...more »

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Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Submitted by (@eholmes)

Organizing to Lead the Profession

Through the Montgomery Institute, we want to identify, train, and support 50 teams from large urban systems in deepening their work to advance the value proposition for the profession of teaching. There would be a special emphasis on increasing the number of systems seeking to lead the policy debate on teacher evaluation through the design and implementation of Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Programs. The Montgomery ...more »

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Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Submitted by (@justinmckaughan)

Creating learning management systems that provide just in time professional development electronically for 24/7 access

I want to develop a system for teacher-leaders to use when designing PD opportunities for staff, including support staff and administrators in addition to teachers. I find that teachers know when they are ready to take on new learning and should have control of the pacing of the learning. On-site PD helps the day of the presenting, but it would be nice to have a way to have ongoing practice with the new learning in ...more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Submitted by (@amriccio)

Using Our Resources to Create a Coaching Team

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 »

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Summer 2014 Campaign

Submitted by (@dawnd0)

Re-design of Middle School Computer Science program

I am working on re-designing my middle school’s computer technology course offerings. I pitched the idea of changing our CS program to be focused on computer science, programming, and electronics instead of the use of computer applications. For our required sixth-grade intro to tech class, we’ll include a unit on computer programming and data. For elective seventh- and eighth- grade classes, we will now offer two courses. ...more »

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Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Submitted by (@mgaines)

Developing Meaningful Career Ladders for Teachers

Given the research attributing teacher attrition and dissatisfaction to a general lack of professional pathways in teaching, inadequate support available to teachers in developing new skills and expertise especially among new teachers, and lower pay relative to other comparable professions (The New Teacher Project, 2012; Johnson, Berg & Donaldson, 2005), our school is developing a new and intriguing career model for teachers. ...more »

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Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Submitted by (@kristina.mccormick1)

Developing Teacher Leader Learning Communities for Alternative & Charter Schools

As Washington State begins developing a charter school program on a statewide level over the next several years, alternative education has become a much larger and more publically discussed issue. The Middle College program in Seattle has been around for over a decade; in the past, this program was highly successful at providing an opportunity for at-risk youth to experience genuine success in both school and society. ...more »

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Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Submitted by (@kalpana.sharma)

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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Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Submitted by (@shereen.henry)

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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Fall 2014 Campaign

Submitted by (@miranda.lugo)

Involving Families in Academic Life

We all know that one of the most important partnerships we have is with our families. I believe that in order to have a more successful partnership with these families and to make them feel welcomed, we should invite them into classes, take extra efforts to reach out, be flexible with event planning and scheduling, host community forums on topics they've deemed important, and add a personal touch. At my clubs this year, ...more »

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Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Submitted by (@todd.bloch)

Take learning off the clock! Advance students on Learning not seat time, A blended learning approach.

Once students enter the middle level they have learned the school game. Many students know they will advance to the next grade no matter what their achievement. What if students were allowed to work at their own pace in a blended learning environment? This would differentiate the learning experience for ALL students. Students will advance when they have mastered the standards, not by the end of the "school year". This ...more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Submitted by (@rkohrs)

Teacher Career Ladder

There is very little to no career ladder for teachers other than entry into administration. Pay increases in many, if not most districts, are still based on an antiquated model of pay increase by years of experience. While experience should certainly be a factor, measuring it by the years that a teacher spends in the classroom is not the most effective manner of doing so. We need a system where teachers enter the profession ...more »

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