(@claudiabhaas)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Local and State Teacher Ambassador Fellows to Help Shape Policies

The US Dept. of Ed should request that districts' and states' Boards of Education have a Teacher Ambassador Fellows program similar to the federal program as a teacher leadership career path for those interested in shaping educational policies. Fellows would represent their colleagues at local and state boards of education. Selected fellows would engage in a dialogue with local and state legislators over their initiatives.... more »

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4 votes

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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4 votes
(@miranda.lugo)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Involving Families in Academic Life

We all know that one of the most important partnerships we have is with our families. I believe that in order to have a more successful partnership with these families and to make them feel welcomed, we should invite them into classes, take extra efforts to reach out, be flexible with event planning and scheduling, host community forums on topics they've deemed important, and add a personal touch. At my clubs this year,... more »

Voting

7 votes
(@kber00)

Fall 2014 Campaign

NBCTs as part of teacher training in universities and colleges

Because of my visibility both as a blogger and as an award winner I have been invited on numerous occasions to be a guest presenter for all/part of classes at a number of colleges/universities. Each time I have received positive feedback from the students because they appreciated the insights offered by someone actually in the classroom. Colleges/universities should consider having a pool of nearby NBCTs upon whom they... more »

Voting

13 votes
(@jkruse)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Effective Socio-Emotional Advisory Practices

Our team wants to create a scope and sequence chart to support social and emotional needs of our students that our advisors could use to effectively support our students. In our school we have one teacher who tracks with a small group of students from 9th-12th grade in order to provide guidance in our high needs school for all four years. These classes meets daily for thirty minutes. It is important to our student population... more »

Voting

2 votes
(@dmlowe)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Formative Assessment: Teachers Designing the Tool

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 »

Voting

15 votes
(@rbaroz)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Less Testing, More Time for Teaching and Learning

My proposed idea is for the Boston Public School District to be the first in the nation to create and adopt a policy that limits the number of instructional days used for mandated testing. I propose that the development of the policy be informed by the maximum number of days students can be absent without being retained. District and State attendance policy and data systems identify and define excessive and chronic absenteeism,... more »

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0 votes
(@johnedw)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Creating Interschool PLC's for "single teacher" subjects like physics

As a physics teacher, I spend too many PLC days joining another group because I'm the only physics teacher in the school. A better use of my time, I believe, would be to meet with other physics teachers in an interschool PLC setting.

 

It seems like a simple idea but we are not doing it in our district. Suggestions from those who have implemented a cross school PLC?

Voting

2 votes
(@kalpana.sharma)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher Leaders as Health Ambassadors

Teacher Leadership, an endeavor to develop a new generation of middle leaders within the teaching profession is gaining significant recognition in my school. Teacher Leaders and teachers are working hard to provide every student a safe, academically challenging, and inspiring learning experience. Teacher’s well-being is often forgotten amidst setting the high expectations for student achievement. My idea is to promote... more »

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0 votes
(@lschaffer)

Winter Campaign

District Level Departmental Professional Development

I would like to start a professional development program in our district that provides an opportunity for teachers who teach similar subject/grade level time to collaborate. This would be professional development that is on a larger scale than just department or team meetings. For example, all US History teachers(from both of the high schools in our district) meet to share best practices.

Voting

4 votes
(@cjpoulos)

Summer 2014 Campaign

Connecticut's Teacher-Leader in Residence Hybrid Role

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 »

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8 votes

Winter Campaign

Lab Classroom? Why not yours and mine?

One way to improve your teaching is through observing others teach. Not often do teachers get the opportunity to be in each others classrooms to watch a lesson with a critical eye on the lesson and the students’ reaction to that lesson. An effective way to promote this kind of observation is through lesson study.

As a teacher on special assignment I am able to facilitate short lesson study cycles with interested staff.... more »

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1 vote
(@jmcmahon)

Winter Campaign

Instructional Round Playground: Identifying Excellence in Educational Practice

Our new teachers meet with instructional coaches for five seminars outside of the school day in their first year. This year, we incorporated what I call "Instructional Round Playground." This is how it works. We show our new teachers a portion of a Teaching Channel video. Then, as if we were taking part in an instructional round together, we focus on identifying examples of excellence in teaching. It's amazing what... more »

Voting

3 votes