Teachers in rural community schools often do not have adequate funding for professional development to support student learning. National Board Certification empowers teachers by helping them to grow as leaders within their school, district, and state and also helps them to maintain focus on the heart of their classroom--enhanced student learning. It is a most rigorous, personal professional development process.
TeacherCoach is an online community where educators and educational experts provide training, coaching, and support through online multimedia courses. The key to TeacherCoach is the integration of personal growth and professional development. If a student has stress at home, learning may be impacted. If a teacher has stress at home, teaching may be impacted. At TeacherCoach we believe in addressing the needs of the ...more »
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 »
I would like to start up a 'Teacher Academy' for Professional Development (PD) within my school district. I believe that we can all agree that PD has not been well received uniformly across all schools. While some schools/districts do things well, we can all do PD better. Teacher Academy Bullet Points *Leverage local universities or an on-line university to offer graduate credit for PD. *Tracks for specific strands (CCSS, ...more »
Supporting and creating opportunities for teacher-driven learning are critical to both the profession and student learning. What if there was a way to provide all educators with the tools they'd need to run an Edcamp in their district? Edcamps are the most popular form of teacher-led professional development across the country.
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 »
We propose a shift. School improvement efforts across the country are focusing on teacher evaluation, new student standards, and improved student assessment systems. We agree that each of these taken together has the possibility to improve schools. Their potential impact, however, is diminished greatly in the absence of work to also support concentrated teacher learning. We propose a shift from primarily examining student ...more »
Why not harness today's technology to help talented teachers improve their practice? We are interested in designing an online platform to support educators pursuing National Board certification. Any teacher, regardless of geographic location, could participate in valuable candidate support through online communities, in addition to existing in-person opportunities. We hope to increase the number of National Board Certified ...more »
All teachers must be leaders.Teachers must inspire others and influence outcomes in their classrooms and as a result of the new teacher evaluation system,this is also required within ones school, district, and community. My idea is to to create Regional Teacher Leadership Academies using the Leadership Competencies developed for the Teacher Leadership Initiative. The NEA, CTQ, and the National Board, with the help of ...more »
Every day there are amazing things happening in our classrooms. One of my goals is to ensure that there are opportunities for my teachers to observe one another, share strategies, and collaborate. I would often hear talk of peers wanting to observe one another but rarely was there ever follow through. My instructional coach and I created "Classroom Connections", the opportunity for our teachers to make a connection ...more »
Teacher turnover and burnout is preventable. A recent study concluded that more pedagogical preparation does impact retention positively (Sawchuk 2014). In higher education, the problem doesn't quite manifest as a retention issue, but as an effectiveness issue. When college-level faculty experience burnout their commitment and job satisfaction is stressed, but burnout is mitigated through support and collaboration ...more »
Provide professional development opportunities for general education teachers at both elementary and secondary levels within our district and intermediate school district levels. Lead special education teachers would be provided time to prepare and organize professional development, and be paid if outside of school hours, to specific areas of need according to general education teachers. A common website would be created ...more »
We need more second career teachers. They bring high content knowledge and valuable real-world experiences to the classroom. That is my perspective as a second career teacher. We need programs that do a better job of recruiting them yes, but more than that we need professional development programs focused on the specific challenges of new second career teachers. The "one size" teacher prep or teacher mentor program is ...more »
Professional Learning needs to be teacher driven and focused on student achievement. It needs to be accessible 24/7 and have methods for authentic collaboration and sharing of effective instructional practice. On a small scale I've done this with a website containing a wealth of videos called Classrooms in Focus & Coach's Cuts. These videos expose teachers to effective practice with our own students using our own materials ...more »
I am currently connecting a research study on the benefits of aligning professional development to the teacher evaluation system in order to improve instructional practice (and thus, student achievement). The purpose of my study is to gather data regarding the alignment of professional development needs with a district’s teacher evaluation system. These district teacher evaluation data, along with information gained ...more »