How can teachers enhance the writing skills of English Language Learners with Disabilities? The Boston Public Schools has a significant population of English Language Learners with Disabilities (ELLSWD). ELLSWD often face a significant challenge in producing writing in all areas of the curriculum. Yet, the ability to write is essential for both functional literacy as well as college preparation. Additionally, the ability ...more »
Boston Teacher Leadership Summit
Purpose: To fully experience a school day in the shoes of a student. In doing this, the Shadower will come away with insights about intended and unintended effects of school practices & policies on students, to be shared with colleagues in a constructive way. Process: Educators “shadow” individual students in their school or district for a full day. They go to every class of each student, including lunch, stand near ...more »
Through the Montgomery Institute, we want to identify, train, and support 50 teams from large urban systems in deepening their work to advance the value proposition for the profession of teaching. There would be a special emphasis on increasing the number of systems seeking to lead the policy debate on teacher evaluation through the design and implementation of Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Programs. The Montgomery ...more »
My colleagues and I helped create, develop, and transform our current blended learning school program - Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education. In it, teachers have a three-pronged role of instructor, advisor, and chief architects of our program & learning models. In our primary role, we use curricular knowledge & assessment literacy training to collaboratively break down standards into targeted learning benchmarks. ...more »
National Board Certified Teachers are trained as virtual coaches for Resident Teachers in years 1-3 using a private, local TEAMS platform on TeachingChannel.org. The goals of this program include: to enhance and to develop the practice of the untenured teachers so that they become more effective, address their formal evaluations with confidence and professionalism, learn to navigate the complicated and complex teaching ...more »
In the Flipped Classroom the onus of learning is placed back on students. Teachers are able to spend more of their precious classroom time on intervention, correcting common misconceptions, and individualizing student achievement. Traditional homework is replaced with videos, where the students are introduced to a new topic or concept (led by the teacher), and answer questions embedded within the video. Typically videos ...more »
To Create Teacher Advisory Boards at the District or County level.
Teacher Advisory Boards help bridge the gap between policy and practice, empower teachers as leaders, Experts, and professionals, and ensure that the best interest of students is at the forefront of policy conversations and decisions.
School and community must come together to provide the best environment for our students. This includes local colleges and businesses. There should be volunteer opportunities for community members to participate in the life of a child. My project would be centered on the formation of a School and Community Partnership board to empower people to participate in the ways they are comfortable--from reading to students, to ...more »
Research is clear that using medium- (week-by-week) and short-cycle (day-by-day) formative assessments to adapt and differentiate instruction has a significant impact on student achievement (Wiliam and Thompson, 2007; Shepard, 2007). The challenge for the classroom teacher is that consistently collecting, organizing and analyzing this amount of data becomes overwhelming. As an NBCT with a programming background and ...more »
We know that many children enter kindergarten already behind. We also know that students who perform at grade level by third grade have a much higher chance of graduating from high school prepared for college, career, and citizenship. It's time we connect with the early learning community to align our work with children and families as they transition from the PreK to K-12 systems, in order to provide every child with ...more »
Teachers undergo a year long action research project in their classroom. Teachers meet as a group to support the development of their project and a professional learning community among. The meetings also focus on the best practices in action research that can be incorporated into their project. At the end, teachers present to their colleagues their projects. The action research process begins by identifying a problem ...more »
My teacher leadership idea provides professional development training to kindergarten teachers. All too often teachers are certified in elementary education from kindergarten through sixth grade. Many of them have had very little early childhood experience yet they can be assigned to a kindergarten position. Through my experience as a kindergarten teacher, teacher leader, and now a mentor to new kindergarten teachers, ...more »