"Teacher leadership" is a popular notion these days; everyone seems to agree that it is vital to school success - so much so, in fact, that some states even offer it as an "add on" endorsement to a license! For the most part, though, teachers interested in becoming teacher leaders either have to be identified by traditional school leaders (like the principal) or enroll in a formal teacher education program. But wouldn't ...more »
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As a physics teacher, I spend too many PLC days joining another group because I'm the only physics teacher in the school. A better use of my time, I believe, would be to meet with other physics teachers in an interschool PLC setting.
It seems like a simple idea but we are not doing it in our district. Suggestions from those who have implemented a cross school PLC?
Develop systems to identify and prepare talented teacher leaders for positions as school leaders. - Provide financial assistance for aspiring leaders pursuing administrative credentialing requirements - Provide teacher leaders with knowledge of adult management, union contracts, school budgeting, and operations. - Provide paid administrative residencies, to connect aspiring leaders with valuable out-of-the-classroom ...more »
TeacherCoach is an online community where educators and educational experts provide training, coaching, and support through online multimedia courses. The key to TeacherCoach is the integration of personal growth and professional development. If a student has stress at home, learning may be impacted. If a teacher has stress at home, teaching may be impacted. At TeacherCoach we believe in addressing the needs of the ...more »
Current discussions on transforming teacher education include creating leadership opportunities for teachers to lead innovation (CTQ Teacher Ed 3.0) and grow their roles and responsibilities without leaving the classroom (Project RESPECT). The TACTICS Teacher Leader framework represents a seven step process to prompt Teacher Leaders to use experience and professional judgment when translating research informed best practice ...more »
In Riverside, CA, at the Riverside County Office of Education, we have a program called the Teacher Leader Certification Academy. This is a two-year academy designed for teachers who already serve as leaders, either formally or informally, but would like training in leadership and, specifically, in what teacher leaders do. We use the Teacher Leader Model Standards and Kouzes' & Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership ...more »
Just as Doctors have restored their profession, we as teachers need to "take a page from their book". Doctors go through paid residency programs (the bill is paid through public funds... medicare) where they are mentored and paid as they learn. Teachers are expected to do this in a few unpaid months. In fact, many states allow a college degree (in anything) to convert into a classroom teacher with no hands on experience ...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!
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 »
We have to strengthen our students literacy skills where they are. Our building would adopt literacy principles building wide so that all teachers become literacy instructors. Every teacher would incorporate reading and writing into their lesson planning and instruction. Every objective would reflect a literacy component. All teachers would learn and share strategies for improving building wide literacy skills. Common ...more »
Every teacher is a teacher of English Language Learners, students who receive special education services and some GATE identified students. So why the general teaching credential? Teacher Education Programs need to include more and more classes that help prepare teachers to teach in the most inclusive classrooms, learn how to integrate technology and information literacy, and child development at the appropriate levels. ...more »
I teach students with profound intellectual disability in a high school setting and I teach regular students how to teach them. My idea is to use peer- helpers to become extensions of me, so that my students with disabilities are taught and taken care of at the same time. I teach general information about disabilities, teaching techniques, various conditions that lead to a student being placed in our program and much ...more »
School districts often allocate resources unevenly among schhols, sometimes fir reasons of demand or interest, but sometimes this magnifies inequality among schools, particularly for able kids at high-poverty schools that offer fewer advanced courses. Teach to lead by finding the kid(s) who need(s) an AP class --or some other class not offered at your school-- that class at another school in the district. Work with ...more »
Find field-tested tips for initiating contact with your students' homes. Make that phone call home a positive and productive experience.
Every school should have one or more "master" teachers as full time, on-site support for faculty. These master teachers would be tasked with helping colleagues reflect on and improve practice. This would be a full time endeavor that would involve being in classrooms and meeting with teachers all day. These teachers would not have to teach classes of their own, but might team teach with colleagues both for coaching purposes ...more »