My idea is to create a district online forum (maybe Edmodo as platform) for teachers to collaborate, share ideas, share training videos, resources, etc. This weblog to be used for teachers to log PD hours for re-certification.
My district, like so many others, is changing our entire curriculum pre-K to 6th grade. I am currently set to pilot a new math program along with two teachers from each grade level. A different program is set to be piloted by 6 teachers for each grade level. Little to no training has been scheduled. I will create a virtual platform space where vertical articulation can occur across the grade levels to better assist the ...more »
Public schools are always in need of resources due to funding limitations. Massachusetts is a center of higher education institutions. Why can't public schools and Massachusetts higher education institutions work together to enrich the experience of students in our classrooms? Salem State University is now home for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Dr. Christopher Mauriello is the Center's director and ...more »
Curriculum is often driven at the district level by department chairs, lead teachers, and curriculum directors. At times the state may provide examples of exemplar teaching units that teachers may use and of course set the standards for teachers and students. But how can teachers best implement their curriculum? What actually works in the classroom? There is a treasure trove of ideas but unfortunately teachers across ...more »
A lead teacher organizes a group of teachers (can be content-based) to collaborate and accomplish an instructional goal, usually data-driven and student-achievement-based. The group identifies their target for improvement, petitions for resources (often this is time to meet together and possibly some PD that matches their focus area) and agrees on the data to collect in order to monitor progress. The data should be connected ...more »
Implementing adaptive curricular change, from truly understanding new standards like CCSS or NGSS or a new instructional model like PBL, is a very challenging cognitive task for teachers. At its best, that change should inspire teachers to reconsider their views on successful teaching and learning and also confront their own educational biases. This kind of work can't happen without support, engagement and encouragement ...more »
Especially in urban and lower-income communities, the majority of children go from school to an afterschool program each day during the school year. Many of these children go to summer programs when school is out for the summer. Cross-training, shared learning goals, and stronger communication and collaboration between school teachers and the staff working in afterschool and summer programs could be a huge benefit to ...more »
I don't think educators typically have leadership skills. They need to learn how to think and act strategically when it comes to new ideas, changing practice, and learning together. There is lots of research available in this regard and if teachers learn how to advocate and lead, they not only will impact schools with greater skill, but they will also model these leadership skills for the students they teach.
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 »
In order for students to meet the demands of college and career readiness, they must be computer literate. Many schools have addressed some technology training for teachers but professional development for teachers is always a challenge to school schedules. Tech buddies is a simple answer to creating opportunities for teacher leaders to share with teachers and student leaders to share with other students. Much like the ...more »
The successful transformation of a high poverty low achieving, graffiti covered school to an award winning welcoming educational environment! The collaboration between a principal with a clear vision of shared leadership and teacher leaders willing to step into major leadership roles. This journey began 7 years ago with a new approach to behavior utilizing the Positive Behavior Intervention System in tandem with a School ...more »
There is a need to fill a void between high school and secondary education. Public education, while effective, does not meet the need nor the aptitude of what many colleges and future businesses look for in high school graduates. While there are many high schools that offer AP or dual enrollment opportunities for students who are currently in high school, the promise and follow-up of those selected students to follow ...more »