Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Please share an actionable teacher leadership idea to be considered for possible inclusion in the regional Denver Teacher Leadership Summit, taking place January 10-11th, 2015. The deadline to submit is midnight (EST), December 9th, 2014. Note: Submission of an idea for the Denver Summit indicates that you would like to be included in a summit (either individually or on a team) to further develop this idea and to create a concrete actionable plan for teacher leadership. 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.
(@frankpb)

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Teacher Leadership to Shift the K-12 School Calendar Year Mindset

More and more, teachers nationwide are saying that student learning, not vacation schedules, should drive the K-12 school calendar year framework. Teacher leaders will confront tradition and understand well that the traditional school calendar year is inefficient, ineffective, and unfair when it comes to 21st learning, teaching, professional planning, partnering with parents/community, and play. They will advocate for ...more »

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(@dawnd0)

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Computer Science in Middle School

Computer Science education is an important challenge for school systems nationwide. CS and Electronics are neglected areas in all grade levels, with some statistics showing as many as 90% of schools offer no computer science. This would be unacceptable with any other science discipline, and computer science is a field with tremendous opportunity and job growth. Research shows women and minorities especially respond to ...more »

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(@mthorsenphd)

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Teaching is About Connoisseurship, Love, and Service. Although it would be much simpler if it was not.

Expertise with a purpose, love for others (without condition), and providing opportunities for young people to reach their potential is the foundation of everything we do. Whether we admit it or not; this is also why we choose a path in education. It is easy to be distracted and moved by the jargon of the day: school choice, pay for performance, and the nod toward both the rationale and the practical. The truth is: ...more »

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(@kalpana.sharma)

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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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The World Languages Proficiency Project: Preparing Our Students for a Multilingual World

The World Languages Proficiency Project will help the Modern and Classical Languages Department provide students with effective tools (technological and non-technological) that will help them explore their language of study through reading, summarization, and storytelling, and discover talents that they will be able to transfer to their learning in other disciplines. It will also build more collaborative efforts in the ...more »

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(@hallockr)

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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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(@kalpana.sharma)

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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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(@herzogk)

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Teacher Leaders are needed for Transformational Change to occur in the United States Public Education System

Public Education is under attack. Outside of education organizations are increasingly blaming teachers for underperforming schools. These organizations seek solutions outside of our current public education system creating the illusion that transformational change cannot occur within the system. There is too much at stake to allow this perception to continue. Teacher Leaders are not only helpful but critical in creating ...more »

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(@roysanna)

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Charter School Collegiate Cohort Program

Our charter school mission is “to work together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas, preparing students for life-long success.” In partnership with certified teachers, families customize students’ educational plans - which may include students being dual enrolled with universities ...more »

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(@kristina.mccormick1)

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Developing Teacher Leader Learning Communities for Alternative & Charter Schools

As Washington State begins developing a charter school program on a statewide level over the next several years, alternative education has become a much larger and more publically discussed issue. The Middle College program in Seattle has been around for over a decade; in the past, this program was highly successful at providing an opportunity for at-risk youth to experience genuine success in both school and society. ...more »

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Own it! Teachers taking the lead with the evaluation system

In response to Colorado’s new teacher evaluation system, a system plagued by ambiguity and fear, CEA funded our grant request to recruit NBCT and other master elementary, middle and high school teachers in Cherry Creek Schools, representing Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science, World Languages and ELL, to participate in a professional development activity centered on best practices and the new system. District ...more »

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(@helliott)

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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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(@emaneeley)

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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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(@scheib303)

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America's National Education Problem: Let's Take Action Now to Improve the System!

Because advanced learners are in every American classroom and only three states require teacher pre-training programs to include advanced pedagogy, teachers are not prepared to address the needs of advanced learners. The 2008 Fordham Institute teacher survey found: • 65% of teachers reported that their education courses and programs focused very little, or not at all, on how to teach academically advanced students. • ...more »

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(@jlocke)

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Teachers as Instructional Leaders: A video library of the best practices in your school for embedded staff develo

Our District has a high teacher turnover rate; our school does not. We have learned that by building up our own staff as leaders within the school and district, we can stop our most effective and brilliant teachers from leaving. One of the ways in which we have done this is by creating a video library of our own teachers in action. When we are given a new district initiative, observe a best practice that we see a teacher ...more »

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