Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Please share an actionable teacher leadership idea to be considered for possible inclusion in the regional Boston Teacher Leadership Summit, taking place February 6-8, 2015. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. (EST), January 2, 2015. Note: Submission of an idea indicates that you would like to be included in the Boston summit to advance your idea. This is not a call for proposals or presenters. *All information submitted will be kept private unless marked "public." NOTE: All ideas and comments are subject to moderation and will not be posted until they are approved. Typically this will take up to 24 hours.

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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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City : Kenmore

State : WA

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District Wide Teacher Career Ladder

The retention of highly effective teachers and promotion of leadership opportunities for classroom teachers are important aspects of the Career Ladder and strategic plan of the School District of Lee County. The LCSD career ladder incorporates years of experience with professional development training components to determine teacher domains: Apprentice, Career and Accomplished, and additional compensated leadership ...more »

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City : Fort Myers

State : Fl

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Building Community Partnerships

School and community must come together to provide the best environment for our students. This includes local colleges and businesses. There should be volunteer opportunities for community members to participate in the life of a child. My project would be centered on the formation of a School and Community Partnership board to empower people to participate in the ways they are comfortable--from reading to students, to ...more »

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City : Blasdell

State : NY

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Innercollegiate Public School Programming

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 »

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City : Johnstown

State : PA

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Mindfulness

The idea is to teach students the skills to clear the mind and remove external distractions in order to enhance learning, reduce stress and, as Congressman Tim Ryan eloquently states, "calm the soul". Scientists continue to affirm numerous benefits to the practice of stilling the mind, yet public educators are not embracing this truth due to it's similarities with religious practices. I would like to fight the tendencies ...more »

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City : North Hollywood

State : California

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Reflective Teachers Teaching Reflective Students

Reflection is the core skill for both good teaching and personal growth. Teachers who reflect on their successes and failures can thrive even in difficult classroom situations. They can grow to become masterful educators and touch hundreds of minds. The same is true of anyone - if we can reflect on what went well and what could have gone differently, we grow, we evolve, and we become better people and members of our community. ...more »

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City : Worcester

State : MA

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Engaging NBCTs as Leaders for Student Growth & School Improvement Using Online Coaching

National Board Certified Teachers are trained as virtual coaches for Resident Teachers in years 1-3 using a private, local TEAMS platform on TeachingChannel.org. The goals of this program include: to enhance and to develop the practice of the untenured teachers so that they become more effective, address their formal evaluations with confidence and professionalism, learn to navigate the complicated and complex teaching ...more »

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City : Oceanside

State : NY

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State Teacher Hybrid Role

Nearly ten years ago, the Delaware Department of Education used to have a teacher on loan program. These teachers assisted with lesson modeling, developing PD sessions etc. Unfortunately, this program is no longer in existence. Most recently, a new statewide teacher compensation plan has been proposed including the creation of teacher leadership positions at every Delaware school. However, the current proposal includes ...more »

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City : Wilmington

State : DE

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Teachers Shadow Students for a Day!

Purpose: To fully experience a school day in the shoes of a student. In doing this, the Shadower will come away with insights about intended and unintended effects of school practices & policies on students, to be shared with colleagues in a constructive way. Process: Educators “shadow” individual students in their school or district for a full day. They go to every class of each student, including lunch, stand near ...more »

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City : Lancaster

State : TX

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Aligning Professional Development to Support Educator Evaluation

I am currently connecting a research study on the benefits of aligning professional development to the teacher evaluation system in order to improve instructional practice (and thus, student achievement). The purpose of my study is to gather data regarding the alignment of professional development needs with a district’s teacher evaluation system. These district teacher evaluation data, along with information gained ...more »

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City : Cranston

State : Rhode Island

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More and Better Learning Time for Middle Schools

Our urban middle school implements a co-teach model for our students in grades 6, 7, & 8. Our 6th grade team utilizes a modified version of both RTI and "More and Better Learning Time" to reach struggling learners in math, reading in the content areas, and written expression. We would like to share how we incorporate a variety of teaching techniques, scaffolded lessons, activities, and projects. In addition we will share ...more »

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City : Revere

State : MA

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Family Reading Night/Kindergarten Book Club

For 10 years I did a Family Reading Night, inviting families to come in once a month at night to hear a story and do a fun related activity with their child. Last year I moved to a new school (in the same district) but did not do Family Reading Night. I will be bringing back Family Reading Night and I will be adding a new piece, Kindergarten Friends Book Club. One day afterschool (weekly) my kindergarten students will ...more »

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City : Marlboro

State : MA

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