Create an academic coach with lasting impact by appointing teachers who will coach teachers half the day and work as a classroom teacher the other half of the day. With this structure you leverage a master teachers skills and allow them to stay current and refine their craft. In our district and I suspect in others, an academic coach is a teacher pulled from their class room to work full time with other teachers. ...more »
Many successful, experienced teachers love teaching but also look for opportunities for leadership outside the classroom that allow them to keep teaching. They are problem-solvers who think critically about what they don’t know and how that affects their practice. These teachers want to lead and share their inquiry with their colleagues, but do not want to become administrators. What if these teachers had the opportunity ...more »
I hope to differentiate professional development for my staff based on their individualized needs. By helping teachers to reflect on personal areas of growth and strength, I hope to increase teacher effectiveness and in return improve student achievement.
My teacher leadership idea is to develop a working group of teachers looking for ways to obtain grant funding for the projects they want to develop. As an elementary ESOL teacher, I have obtained nearly $30,000 in grants for my school during the past four years through various mini-grant programs available to classroom teachers. I want to lead a group of potential grant-seekers who can contact each other for feedback, ...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 »
I would like to start up a 'Teacher Academy' for Professional Development (PD) within my school district. I believe that we can all agree that PD has not been well received uniformly across all schools. While some schools/districts do things well, we can all do PD better. Teacher Academy Bullet Points *Leverage local universities or an on-line university to offer graduate credit for PD. *Tracks for specific strands (CCSS, ...more »
There are places that Harper Lee once described as never changing, regardless of the ebbs or flows of U.S. prosperity. Hempstead, NY is one of those places: its unemployment and crime rates are high, its literacy rates are low, and it's always been this way. While one program cannot change all the problems of one community, it can change one thing: it can give the middle school students of this village a voice. The ...more »
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 »
Observations and feedback in education have gotten a “stigma” in education. Either teachers find that it’s done too often, not enough, or that it isn't representative of their work. What I would like to propose would be developing a program or training that would allow teacher leaders to take on some of the coaching and mentoring of both new teachers and experienced teachers looking to refine their practice. Studies ...more »
teachers should be evaluated by other master teachers not administrators. Many administrators have been out of the classroom for too long. Their input and suggestions are not as relevant or meaningful as a teacher who is current in her practice and effective. Peer review provides A less threatening method of evaluation. I believe it could lead to better instruction and more effective teachers!
See the film, share YOUR story: http://reynoldstlc.org/keepersoftheflame/ For the most effective teacher leadership, we need respect, support and trust for their mission-critical role in our children's lives. We hope this short animated poem called KEEPERS OF THE FLAME - by me and my twin brother Peter H. Reynolds through the Reynolds Center TLC - will influence the national conversation. But we rely on folks like you ...more »
PAAVEMGMT 1.0 SmartSchools® has taken a very unique approach to plant two trees with one seed... (redeveloped, rehabbed or rehabilitated of abandoned properties or eyesores) in any neighborhood - which can be utilized as “Hybrid Homes” or a “SmartSchools” concepts - in remedying a "Sub/culture in Crisis," especially among young boys and young men of color. These are deep-rooted in that; we have extensive research into ...more »