(@oheisel)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Using my time to assist in other classrooms

As much as possible, I use my planning time to assist other teachers in their classrooms. I start by unexpectedly stepping into a classroom of a teacher who has expressed a frustration. Politely I ask if I can observe in order to learn how their classroom works. I stay for whatever length of time I am available. Usually by the 2nd or 3rd visit, I find ways to assist the teacher. Once I have learned how the other ...more »

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(@emaneeley)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Helping ESL Students Receive the Best Education When Placed in a General Education Classroom

Secondary ESL (English as a Second Language) learners experience tough circumstances when they enroll in school in the United States. Most secondary-age ESL students present educators with unique challenges and constant educational monitoring/instruction throughout their middle to high school career. Often times, many content specific educators do not have the time to re-structure their lessons in order for the ESL learner ...more »

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(@sidgilford)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

The (Forgotten) Purpose of Schools: Clarifying the Goal to Know How to Improve.

Historically, the purpose of U.S. schools has shifted among academic skills, citizenship, assimilation, social development, and national defense. For example, the 19th century influx of immigrants resulted in schools focusing on assimilation to avert social disharmony. During the industrial revolution obedience, passivity, and following rules dominated the curriculum. At times of war schools prepared young people for ...more »

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(@hallockr)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Cultivating Quality Teachers: The Problems of Practice (POP) Fellowship

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 »

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(@jkruse)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Effective Socio-Emotional Advisory Practices

Our team wants to create a scope and sequence chart to support social and emotional needs of our students that our advisors could use to effectively support our students. In our school we have one teacher who tracks with a small group of students from 9th-12th grade in order to provide guidance in our high needs school for all four years. These classes meets daily for thirty minutes. It is important to our student population ...more »

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(@maricmw)

Summer 2014 Campaign

Peer Observations

In an effort to strengthen our Leadership Team, (and in turn, all teachers), our Principal has authorized that the 3 Lead Teachers on Lead Team become "Peer Observers." We will be trained in the same format she was trained, though our Observations will not be tied to Teacher Effectiveness. While the training on Peer Observations is a huge resource in strengthening us as Lead Teachers, she is also designating 30 minutes ...more »

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(@amberbourgeois)

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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(@dschenck)

Fall 2014 Campaign

New Teachers Shadow Exceptional Peers

School districts allocate time and funds for new teacher induction programs yearly that do not meet the diverse needs and circumstances of the incoming staff. Frequently, the experienced yet new teacher receives the same professional trainings and induction expectations as the novice teacher. While an experienced teacher typically requires an understanding of school wide initiatives and protocols, fresh -out- of- college ...more »

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(@kalpana.sharma)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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(@donna0)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Teacher Leaders as Undercover Substitutes

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 »

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(@michael.harvie)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Defined career ladder for classroom teacher

Whilst the two school districts I have worked with have discussed and outlined a teaching career ladder with formal placements and scales; Mentor, Team Leader, Lead teacher, Subject Chair, Thus far they have not been implemented and subsequently for someone in education to have a career the move typifies from teacher to administration. Having a defined career track will serve several purposes, inspire educators to continue ...more »

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Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Community Partnerships 21

Teachers increasingly need the resources of business, state and local government, clubs and community members in order to both break down the walls separating the world from the classroom as well as providing up-to-date curriculum support for our students. Community Partnerships 21 will provide an easy to use data base of resources that teachers can tap into in order to provide 21st century learning skills in our classrooms. ...more »

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(@dmlowe)

Denver 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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(@helliott)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teachers and Students Leading Change in a Global Society: Solving Global Challenges Through Problem & Project Based Learning

In education we constantly remind ourselves that we are helping to shape the future, which of course we are, but sometimes we need to focus more on shaping the present. There are so many global challenges facing our world today that desperately need solutions, but that seem far too daunting to bring into the classroom, let alone take on as projects. As teachers we sometimes underestimate not only our student's ability ...more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Redefine Professional Development

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 »

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