Schools and districts need to find better ways to increase teacher motivation, retain highly-skilled teachers and increase student achievement. Creating distributed leadership teams within schools may be one way to do that. These teams would transcend your grandmother’s “committee”—instead, distributed leadership teams would have actual decision-making authority. Districts and schools would have to be willing to give ...more »
There is a need to have young educators engage in their profession early on in their career (first 10 years of teaching) to help solve issues facing education today. They will have been in education long enough to identify the issues and have opinions, but rarely been given the opportunity to help solve them. Research shows that if teachers have opportunity to lead and participate in decision making they will have better ...more »
Teachers around the world are voluntarily attending Edcamps and becoming energized and empowered by this model of teacher-driven PD.
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 »
Elected School Board members should be required to substitute teach in their districts. On a quarterly basis to truly understand what leadership is necessary in our schools.
In response to Colorado’s new teacher evaluation system, a system plagued by ambiguity and fear, CEA funded our grant request to recruit NBCT and other master elementary, middle and high school teachers in Cherry Creek Schools, representing Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science, World Languages and ELL, to participate in a professional development activity centered on best practices and the new system. District ...more »
Effective teaching requires collaboration, adaptation, and reflection of instructional practices. A Lesson Study is a professional development practice, which allows teachers to effectively collaborate, adapt, and reflect upon their instruction. This is an ongoing process where educators work together in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for their students. Such ...more »
Partnering with local community Centers and businesses to offer locations in neighborhoods for parents to come and get lessons on how to help their kids with their homework, completing financial aid paperwork for students, how to locate medical resources in the community, etc( whatever the needs may be). Having teachers in Core subject areas and required electives of the high school tutor/ teach parents how to help their ...more »
Iowa has developed the most extensive statewide approach to teacher leadership in the country. After a year of planning and six months of implementation, now is the time for us to take stock of both our progress and the challenges ahead as we expand from 39 implementing school districts in year one to over 100 next year and more than 300 in the 2016-17 school year. Over the next three years, the state will invest ...more »
School districts often allocate resources unevenly among schhols, sometimes fir reasons of demand or interest, but sometimes this magnifies inequality among schools, particularly for able kids at high-poverty schools that offer fewer advanced courses. Teach to lead by finding the kid(s) who need(s) an AP class --or some other class not offered at your school-- that class at another school in the district. Work with ...more »
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 »
Just as Doctors have restored their profession, we as teachers need to "take a page from their book". Doctors go through paid residency programs (the bill is paid through public funds... medicare) where they are mentored and paid as they learn. Teachers are expected to do this in a few unpaid months. In fact, many states allow a college degree (in anything) to convert into a classroom teacher with no hands on experience ...more »