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.

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A STRATEGIC AGENDA

A STRATEGIC AGENDA Based on the input so far, a strategic agenda slowly but surely fills with the following points: 1. Bridging the gap between management and the base. Management and "the trenches" should be connected (role reversal, hybrid roles, distributed leadership, change agency). 2. Approaching teachers and school staff in a holistic way: have an eye for the professional, but also for the person behind the professional. ...more »

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City : Delfzijl

State : Holland

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Writing Instruction Staff Development

I created a staff development team consisting of all the instructors for writing, but the model could be applied to other subjects. Our goal was to create a cohesive, rigorous writing program across the grades which is aligned with the curriculum. Our plan for the course is to: • Work in collaborative teams (kindergarten, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th grade, and middle school) to match the lessons in the new materials ...more »

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City : Denver

State : CO

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New faculty orientation class

When I started at my school, there was no orientation for new teachers. During that school year I would often think "I wish I had known that before now". I documented all of those items during the year and, with my principal's permission, created a new faculty orientation workshop. I lead it during a 1/2 day before the start of the school year. We go over important culture and practice items for our building, those ...more »

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City : Denver

State : CO

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Teacher Leadership

I would like to propose the tying of teacher leadership positions to the district's salary point scale in order to improve teacher retention. For example, if you work as a lead teacher or a department chair (and are able to provide evidence that you made an impact at your school site), you could earn salary points. This would heighten the prestige of the teaching profession, create an incentive to take on leadership positions ...more »

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City : Los Angeles

State : California

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A Seat at the Policy Table

Teachers often complain that we are left out of the policy talks. It is up to us to claim a seat at the table by establishing relationships with our elected representatives. These relationships are critical in ensuring that representatives turn to us, the experts, when education questions are raised. It is also important for representatives to hear from their constituents (which include educators) regularly in order ...more »

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City : Washington

State : District of Columbia

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Teacher-Leadership Consultant Teams made of Innovative Teacher Cohorts

Innovative Teacher Consultant Teams? What? Why? Everywhere across the nation there are schools staffed by innovative and effective teachers. However, besides social media and professional conferences, these teachers’ practices and ideas stay within the walls of their schools. In combination with this issue, school districts employ consultants who try to implement one thing or another. The issue here is that the consultants ...more »

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City : White Bear Lake

State : Minnesota

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Developing Teachers as Leaders in their Classroom, School, District & Profession

A Master's level certificate graduate program that combines course work and clinical experience that leads teachers to develop proficiencies as teachers in their classrooms and as a leaders in their profession. This program has state approval; teachers completing the certificate portion of the program will be eligible to apply for Tier III state certification when that becomes officially active. The program delivers ...more »

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City : Grand Blanc

State : MI

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Every Teacher is a Coach; Every Teacher is a Leader

Our school is fortunate enough to have given one of my colleagues and me the opportunity to work as instructional coaches for one class period. We have seen the coaching approach to instructional improvement benefit all of our coachees in that it gives them ownership over the topics we discuss. I propose extending this idea to training our entire staff in peer coaching to give them the power to help each other "own" ...more »

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City : denver

State : co

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JumpStart Kindergarten: Catching them before they fall

JumpStart Kindergarten is a program I have implemented at my school. The program is designed to reach students and their parents before they come to school. It involves teachers, parents, school staff, and other stakeholders in preparing students and parents on what to expect when beginning school. Parents are involved in parent nights. There is a "KinderCamp" program for incoming students the summer prior to K start ...more »

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City : Morristown

State : TN

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Time to Teach Parents

Partnering with local community Centers and businesses to offer locations in neighborhoods for parents to come and get lessons on how to help their kids with their homework, completing financial aid paperwork for students, how to locate medical resources in the community, etc( whatever the needs may be). Having teachers in Core subject areas and required electives of the high school tutor/ teach parents how to help their ...more »

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City : Henderson

State : Nevada

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By Teachers for Teachers: Engaging Colorado Educators as the Creators of 21st Century Curricula

In workshops conducted over the past two years, 2000-plus teachers, representing 121 school districts, created and refined curriculum for 10 content areas of the new Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). Precedent setting, Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project (DSCP) represents a grassroots effort to build the capacity of educators to support the whole-child, “all students, all standards” principles and intentions ...more »

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City : Denver

State : CO

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Transform the Expectations of Teachers

In light of the changing needs of learners... how should we re-envision the profession of teaching? Should we be deliverers of content? Or, should we move to a model of being a guide, a researcher and an integrator? In our data-driven and information rich age, I see the role of teaching needing a good transformation.

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City : Sacramento

State : CA

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