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Professional Learning among CTE Teachers

While core subject teachers in my district participate in PLCs each day, the Career & Technical Education teachers do not have any sort of PLC since each teaches something different. All teachers benefit from collaborative interaction, so I am starting a collaborative learning group among the CTE teachers I work with at my high school. Because our planning times do no coincide, I am using Google classroom to share professional ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Professional development, Common Core/College- and Career-Ready Standards

City : Hattiesburg

State : MS

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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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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Distributed Leadership

City : Palo Alto

State : CA

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UnCommon Planning for Higher-Level/Common Core Instruction and Assessment

Uncommon Planning brings together cross-curricular, cross-school, and cross-grade level teachers to collaborate around higher-level (can be Common Core) instruction and assessment. The program focuses on developing "emerging teacher leaders" - effective teachers who might not enjoy formal leadership roles but want to contribute to and learn from a broader conversation about high-level teaching. We started in the 2012-13 ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Other, Professional development, Instruction, Distributed Leadership, Curriculum, Common Core/College- and Career-Ready Standards

City : Charlotte

State : North Carolina

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Re-design of Middle School Computer Science program

I am working on re-designing my middle school’s computer technology course offerings. I pitched the idea of changing our CS program to be focused on computer science, programming, and electronics instead of the use of computer applications. For our required sixth-grade intro to tech class, we’ll include a unit on computer programming and data. For elective seventh- and eighth- grade classes, we will now offer two courses. ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Technology

City : Fort Collins

State : Colorado

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Collaborative Curriculum Team Building

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 »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Professional development, Instruction, Curriculum

City : Manahawkin

State : New Jersey

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Strengthening Collaboration Among School-Based Teacher Leaders

As a teacher at a school that values teacher leadership through formal team leader roles, I will work to strengthen collaboration among our team leaders. Working alongside a colleague and with the guidance of an administrative coach, I will establish structures that maximize collaboration among team leaders. Improved collaboration among team leaders will result in better alignment of curriculum, effective instructional ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Instruction, Distributed Leadership, Curriculum, Common Core/College- and Career-Ready Standards, School and classroom culture

City : Boston

State : MA

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School Based Professional Development

Research shows that professional development that is explicitly tailored to the needs of teachers will help them to develop and grow more as practitioners . It will also enable schools to better meet the unique needs of their students when the professional development plan is developed from the school based goals as opposed to a district mandated goal. I have implemented teacher meet up groups that address the school ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Professional development

City : Hyattsville

State : Maryland

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"New and Improved" Teacher Induction Program

I am developing a powerful Teacher Induction Program. Though based on Iowa's approved program: Journey to Excellence, I have created a "new and improved" program to better meet the needs of our beginning educators, mentors, administration and ultimately, the student! The program's intent: to create a qualified teacher who meets the Iowa Teaching Standards (ITS) through a variety of learning projects. An additional ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Teacher induction and mentoring, Professional development, Teacher preparation, Distributed Leadership

City : Fairfield

State : Iowa

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Developing Future Teacher Leaders while Strengthening Current Ones

An opportunity for teacher leadership growth exists between pre-service teachers (PSTs) and current teacher leaders (TLs). What I envision is a partnership between a college of education and a local K-12 school. Relationships between these institutions exist for observation and student teaching experiences, but not as frequently for experiences outside the classroom– or at least, not with a focus on teacher leadership. ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Teacher preparation

City : Palatine

State : IL - Illinois

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Teacher as an Advocate

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 »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Other, Professional development, Policy, Instruction, School and classroom culture

City : Cathedral City

State : CA

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Teachers Input on Policy

Teachers have so many frustrations with a variety of aspects of education. Teachers should take more control of their own profession. This requires us to be more knowledgable about policy at federal, state, and district levels and to learn how we can give input on policy and work to influence it. I am doing a fellowship at US ED this year and would love to bring teachers in on a regular basis to see what ED does and ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Policy

City : Zanesville

State : Ohio

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What would your perfect teacher leadership program look like?

I'm collaborating with amazing teachers and teacher leaders in developing the program I wish I had to prepare me for teacher leadership! One that includes the skills for the changing role of a teacher, that helps teachers prepare for new roles, implement ideas that impact students, and/or lead from the classroom. This program will be wrapped around the Teacher Leader Model Standards and will be a blended-learning program, ...more »

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Which category best describes your area of focus? : Professional development

City : Northampton

State : Massachusetts

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