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Fall 2014 Campaign

National Board Certification in Rural Areas

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.

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Redefine Professional Development

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 »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Edcamp in a Box

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.

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Let's Shift Our Focus From Student Test Scores to the Act of Teaching!

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 »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Serve up Success for Second Career Teachers

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 »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

National Board Certified Teachers for the 21st Century

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 »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Integrate Personal Growth with Professional Development

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 »

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Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Professional Learning On Demand

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 »

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Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Teachers Shadow Students for a Day!

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 »

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Summer 2014 Campaign

Teacher-led Prof'l Development

The stewardship of the teaching profession should reside with teachers, yet so much of professional development is done "to" teachers rather than "with" them.

Of course we need strong back-bone organizations that can help teachers see themselves as facilitators of their own life-long learning. Districts, non-profits and professional organizations, for example, can help teachers emerge as the leaders we need. We also... more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Reinvent the Wheel? Let's Collaborate and Retain Teachers

Retaining teachers in Hawaii is a district issue. As a science teacher who moved from the mainland without family or friends to begin my first year as a teacher in a culturally different area, I am an example of what can help to retain teachers: mentorship. As a first year teacher, my mentor was another science teacher at my school. She got paid to be a mentor and I received professional development credit. Not only did... more »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Apprenticeship Model for Teaching: Improving Teacher Effectiveness, Development and Retention

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 »

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Fall 2014 Campaign

Teacher Leader TACTICS Framework

Current discussions on transforming teacher education include creating leadership opportunities for teachers to lead innovation (CTQ Teacher Ed 3.0) and grow their roles and responsibilities without leaving the classroom (Project RESPECT).

The TACTICS Teacher Leader framework represents a seven step process to prompt Teacher Leaders to use experience and professional judgment when translating research informed best practice... more »

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Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Aligning Professional Development to Support Educator Evaluation

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 »

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Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Create a Culture of Questioning

As an educator I have found that a properly presented question moves both myself and others. However, formulating effective questions requires training and practice. Engagement in discussion about this foundational skill develops the skills needed to lead.

A trained questioner produces a subtle power of service with professional influence. Influencing peers and educational policy through authentic questioning may remain... more »

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