Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Formative Assessment: Teachers Designing the Tool

Research is clear that using medium- (week-by-week) and short-cycle (day-by-day) formative assessments to adapt and differentiate instruction has a significant impact on student achievement (Wiliam and Thompson, 2007; Shepard, 2007). The challenge for the classroom teacher is that consistently collecting, organizing and analyzing this amount of data becomes overwhelming. As an NBCT with a programming background and ...more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Teaching Students and Teachers to Reason

Just as schools eliminated corporal punishment beginning a few decades ago, it is time to consider doing away with detention. This brief imprisonment of a child is counterproductive to what we are trying to do as teachers and educators. We can better teach students to reason by reasoning with them. I know many teachers who have found a way to deal with a recalitrant student but have avoided giving them a detention. They ...more »

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Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Developing an Effective Professional Development Cycle

Our team has developed a data-driven, personalized and strategic professional development cycle that allows teachers to drive their own growth. The cycle includes time for teachers to work in PLC, conduct action research, utilize data in instructional planning and select workshops based on individual need/interest. We would love to share the origin of our new way of looking at professional development, strategic planning ...more »

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Summer 2014 Campaign

Connecticut's Teacher-Leader in Residence Hybrid Role

I have had the unique opportunity of splitting my time between teaching at my school and serving as a Teacher-Leader in Residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. In this hybrid role, I have been able to work alongside policy leaders making decisions that impact public education while reflecting on my classroom practice and representing teachers and students at the state level. As a Teacher-Leader in ...more »

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Collaborative Teaching Partnerships: Empowering Educators At All Levels Of Experience

To create collaborative partnerships with veteran, experienced, and novice teachers so that all may learn. Veteran teachers would offer experience and insight over time, experienced teachers would act as facilitators and offer their own insights, and novice teachers would share timely theoretical ideas they learned in their teacher preparation program(s). This would be a tri-fold model in which existing Teacher Mentors ...more »

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Harnessing Edu-Power! – Creating Teacher Leaders & Creating 21st Century School Spaces

My colleagues and I helped create, develop, and transform our current blended learning school program - Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education. In it, teachers have a three-pronged role of instructor, advisor, and chief architects of our program & learning models. In our primary role, we use curricular knowledge & assessment literacy training to collaboratively break down standards into targeted learning benchmarks. ...more »

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Writing Across the Curriculum for ELLs with Disabilities

How can teachers enhance the writing skills of English Language Learners with Disabilities? The Boston Public Schools has a significant population of English Language Learners with Disabilities (ELLSWD). ELLSWD often face a significant challenge in producing writing in all areas of the curriculum. Yet, the ability to write is essential for both functional literacy as well as college preparation. Additionally, the ability ...more »

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The Learning Project: Using a Teacher Designed Program to Grow Other Teacher-Lead Ideas

We have been given a unique opportunity to create a project based learning school for seniors in our district. This half day program, called the Learning Project, (which began in 2013) integrates math, physics, economics, government, and English through real world projects. In this program the students are developing skills of verbal and written communication, personal agency, collaboration, project management, and ...more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Teachers' Voice in School Site Councils

OVERSEE AND REINFORCE TEACHERS/PARENTS VOICE IN SCHOOL SITE COUNCILS. Teachers want their voices to be heard in the decision-making process that impacts their practice. This is my 19th year as a teacher. I just finished my 2-year term as an elected chair of my school’s site council. In my experience, most school site councils, at least in San Francisco, are a smoke-screen to make it look like teachers’ and parents’ ...more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Fail a class because you didn't try? Pay the school back.

My idea is simple. If a student does no work and fails a class then the family should reimburse the school district for the cost of the class. That's tax money being wasted! In my state, Florida, that would be about $250-300 per quarterly class period. Not enough to break the bank, but enough to insure that parents get involved in their child's education. And isn't that our goal in the first place. Sure, there could ...more »

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Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Expanding upon Differentiated Roles

My idea is to improve the Differentiated Roles. DR is a pilot program in Denver Public Schools DPS. The vision of DR is to increase distributive leadership, improve teacher retention, extend the reach of effective teachers, improve equitable access to effective teachers, and evaluate the profession. Evaluations are based on the Leading Effective Academic Practice LEAP framework. DR Team Leads have had intensive training ...more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Collaborative Apprenticeships for Pre-Service Teachers

We know that the world's highest-performing learning environments offer us ways of thinking creatively about developing the next generation of world-class teachers. We can design deep, meaningful pre-service experiences that could help us create sequences of transformative student teaching that embed collaboration with master teachers at their core. Singapore, Finland, and many other countries not only talk about honoring ...more »

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