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.

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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 »

Submitted by (@sevierb)

City : Denver

State : CO

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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 »

Submitted by (@karin.hogen)

City : White Bear Lake

State : Minnesota

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WoLakota: Retaining and Supporting Teachers in Rural and High Needs Communities

“WoLakota” is a Lakota word which implies balance and coming together. The WoLakota project supports students in rural and high-need schools, pairing trained mentor-teachers with new teachers and providing Courage to Teach circles to tend to the ʻheartsʼ of each. Mentors support the embedding of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) into practice, complementing the Common Core. The OSEU address the achievement ...more »

Submitted by (@ssteever)

City : Rapid City

State : South Dakota

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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 »

Submitted by (@k.will1)

City : denver

State : co

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Creating a Teacher-led Dream School

In an effort to start a new school that provides the type of education being advocated by education reformers like Tony Wagner, Sir Ken Robinson, and Daniel Pink, I am preparing a charter application for Da Vinci High School which will provide an opportunity for students to discover their passions and pursue them. In much the same way as students, Da Vinci will provide opportunities for teachers to discover and pursue ...more »

Submitted by (@kmworth8)

City : Harpers Ferry

State : WV

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Engage Students with Social Media

Today's students do not engage in the world in the same format as most teachers. They engage in the world and with peers through social media. Their conversations happen through Twitter, stories through Snapchat, chronically adventures through Instagram, and expressing well developed thoughts through Tumblr blogs. This is something many teachers and schools are unused to and shy away from. Instead, we think Teacher ...more »

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City : Woodbridge

State : Virginia

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STEM: Strategies That Engage Minds - Every teacher STEM / Career Ready

To be career ready in our ever-changing global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, along with mastery of key knowledge, skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another, and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. - Career Readiness Partner Council, 2013 Quality career readiness experiences allow students to apply academic and technical learning ...more »

Submitted by (@sara.etzel)

City : Minneapolis

State : MN

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Game Based Mathematics in a Rural Setting: a summer community partnership for elementary students grades 2-5

With school budgets tight, many school districts have cut summer school remediation and enrichment programs completely from the educational landscape. In Mesa County, Colorado, we have experienced massive budget shortfalls during the past five years. During this time, Mesa County Valley School District #51 lost its summer school programming. Many students in the rural communities of Mesa County no longer had access to ...more »

Submitted by (@amy.shepherdfowler)

City : Fruita

State : Colorado

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Student-Centered Literacy Instruction

Allegan Area ESA is leading our county districts toward a student-centered literacy model for reading and writing instruction. Michigan teachers have written a CCSS aligned model for reading and writing instruction (MAISA Units of Study, K-12) using the workshop model. This is the beginning of great instruction, but teachers need a model of what this instruction looks like in a real classroom. I would like to develop ...more »

Submitted by (@pam.rickli)

City : Kalamazoo

State : MI

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Teacher Powered Schools

Current school structures are rooted in the industrial era and prepare students for a time that no longer exists. Teacher-powered schools provide an opportunity for teachers to engage in the types of interactions and model the skills that our students will need to be successful and contributing citizens.Teachers in these schools think critically about how to meet the needs all students, work collaboratively to solve ...more »

Submitted by (@lnazareno)

City : Conifer

State : CO

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Framework 2021: A P-20 Vision for Colorado

Framework 2021 unites and influences the P-20 educational community promoting excellence for each learner. The framework will provide professional growth, voice, and innovation for Colorado educators; advocacy and success for each Colorado learner.

Submitted by (@jill00)

City : Salida

State : CO

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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 »

Submitted by (@christina.yuknis)

City : Washington

State : District of Columbia

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