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Less Testing, More Time for Teaching and Learning

My proposed idea is for the Boston Public School District to be the first in the nation to create and adopt a policy that limits the number of instructional days used for mandated testing. I propose that the development of the policy be informed by the maximum number of days students can be absent without being retained. District and State attendance policy and data systems identify and define excessive and chronic absenteeism, ...more »

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City : Boston

State : Massachusetts

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Help students Build Global Competence and the 21st Century Skills by Integration of Hard and Soft Skills for our Teachers

President Obama has called for American schools to prepare our students for the demands of the global economy. “Now more than ever, the American economy needs a workforce that is skilled, adaptable, creative, and equipped for success in the global marketplace.” (www.whitehouse.gov). To succeed in the global marketplace, our students have to develop global competence and the 21st century skills. The challenge now is to ...more »

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City : Boston

State : MA

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Professional Educator Program: Expanded Roles for Teachers in a Professional Learning System

Our goal is for New Haven’s teachers to have more great days. We will develop teachers’ professional engagement by developing a professional practice ensuring that professional learning echoes student learning, with purposeful, supportive, and meaningful opportunities for the professionals involved. We believe that professional learning, at its heart, must share the same attributes as student learning – it must be purposeful, ...more »

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City : New Haven

State : CT

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Using Videoing for Teacher Peer Observations

Peer observation is known to be a major tool to build collaboration between teachers and to improve instructional practice. Most often, however, this has meant time outside of the classroom for many teachers, which limits the number of observations teachers can do, and therefore the efficacy of peer observations. Our idea is to implement a school-wide system of peer observations by filming our teaching. To begin, teachers ...more »

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City : Boston

State : MA

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Weaving 21st Century Global Values Into the Curriculum to Prepare Students for a Diverse Society

Values like gratitude, altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, happiness and mindfulness are becoming ever more important and necessary to succeed in a diverse, global society. These are the values highlighted by The Greater Good Science Center based at the University of California, Berkeley (greatergood.edu). Our current skills-based, standardized-assessment system does not address the social and emotional skills ...more »

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City : Clarks Summit

State : PA

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Action Research for Healthy Navajo Communities: Students, Teachers, Partners in Health, Bread Loaf

Strategic partnerships that invite youth to join teachers as active partners in community initiatives that tackle real-world problems and issues are transforming conceptions of teacher leadership. The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Youth Leadership Program was developed by Navajo Nation VP Rex Lee Jim, Partners in Health (pih.org), and networked Bread Loaf teachers and staff in order to increase ...more »

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City : Clemson

State : SC

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Reviving Dewey: Teacher Leader Network Designs and Delivers Innovative Learning Opportunities in the Age of Vermont's Act 77

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey John Dewey may finally get a rest after decades of rolling in his grave, now that Vermont's legislature has passed Act 77. Vermont secondary students will now be invited to play a more active role determining when, where, and how they learn. Act 77 encourages educators to design innovative models of ...more »

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State : Vermont

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TLC: Improving and Refining a Statewide Approach to Teacher Leadership

Iowa has developed the most extensive statewide approach to teacher leadership in the country. After a year of planning and six months of implementation, now is the time for us to take stock of both our progress and the challenges ahead as we expand from 39 implementing school districts in year one to over 100 next year and more than 300 in the 2016-17 school year. Over the next three years, the state will invest ...more »

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City : Des Moines

State : Iowa

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Affirming and deepening professional knowledge, identity and community through inquiry

What comprises teacher leadership? How can we develop and identify leadership that impacts instruction, learning and teacher growth? The Boston Writing Project (BWP), UMASS Boston and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU), have created a teacher-designed and led program to address these questions believing that inquiry-based, graduate-level, practitioner research fosters improved instruction and teacher leadership. The ...more »

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City : Boston

State : Massachusetts

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Data Inquiry: Making DataWise a Sustainable, Teacher-Led Initiative District-Wide

In districts across the country, teachers are inundated with student data. While a powerful tool for teaching and learning, student data in vast quantities can be challenging and time-consuming to navigate. Moreover, data analysis does not automatically transform classrooms: without honest reflection, rich collaboration, focus on results, and mutual accountability, student learning outcomes will not improve. Teachers ...more »

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Developing Teacher Leaders: Building Capacity & Sustainability through Cycles of Support

Building on our creation and rollout of teacher leadership this year, we propose a two-year Lead Teacher training cycle that provides tiered support, targeted professional development, and team-building designed to enhance teachers’ capacity to lead from the classroom while affecting real change and growth for all students. We envision year one of the cycle as an apprentice year for teachers to learn more about teacher ...more »

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Closing the Learning Gap: Conversations on Detracking and Equity in Public Education

My large urban school district has several levels of tracking. Students are divided into neighborhood, select enrollment, charter, and magnet schools. Within schools, students are further divided into regular, honors, AP, and IB classes. Tracking creates classrooms of engaged high-achieving students. However, it also creates classes of low achieving students. This system widens the achievement gap. All classrooms need ...more »

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City : Oak Park

State : Illinois

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