I would like to increase teacher voice at the district office, not just telling them what the problems are, but actually being on committees that help offer solutions to the problems. What are some ways we can do this?
NJ ASCD believes in order to provide a full service experience where children and families needs are met on a daily basis, the entire teacher must be fulfilled, too. Perseverance must play a significantly central role in an educator’s life in order to meet the needs of the whole child. A healthy teacher becomes a lifelong learner and leader. A whole teacher better models and supports a whole child and their family. NJ ...more »
In our state our two teacher unions advocated for a Teachers' Advisory Council with our legislators because of poor relations between the teachers and the department of education. In the summer of 2013, the council became a law. Our council is comprised of one teacher leader from each district. We meet on a monthly basis and make recommendations to the state Board of Education. This model could work in other states. ...more »
See the film, share YOUR story: http://reynoldstlc.org/keepersoftheflame/ For the most effective teacher leadership, we need respect, support and trust for their mission-critical role in our children's lives. We hope this short animated poem called KEEPERS OF THE FLAME - by me and my twin brother Peter H. Reynolds through the Reynolds Center TLC - will influence the national conversation. But we rely on folks like you ...more »
Principals should support teacher leaders in building partnerships beyond the school. As advisor to my school’s junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, I sought to provide students on our math team with more opportunities to compete. We hosted a one-time math quiz bowl in Philadelphia for teams of students from eight other public high schools. The event catalyzed a partnership with the Philadelphia ...more »
I've started a teacher voice website, bluffcityed.com, to encourage aspiring teachers writers in my city to share their stories of working within their classrooms, our school district and our state. I specifically ask teachers to focus on how education policy impacts their ability to teach and work as a professional in our state. I actively recruit teachers from colleagues as well as other professional organizations within ...more »
I have had the unique opportunity of splitting my time between teaching at my school and serving as a Teacher-Leader in Residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. In this hybrid role, I have been able to work alongside policy leaders making decisions that impact public education while reflecting on my classroom practice and representing teachers and students at the state level. As a Teacher-Leader in ...more »
I would like to set up a formalized teacher advisory board that includes teacher representatives from across the state who provide regular feedback and and counsel about how to solve the state's biggest educational challenges.