Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Please share an actionable teacher leadership idea to be considered for possible inclusion in the regional Boston Teacher Leadership Summit, taking place February 6-8, 2015. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. (EST), January 2, 2015. Note: Submission of an idea indicates that you would like to be included in the Boston summit to advance your idea. 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. Typically this will take up to 24 hours.
(@sygiddings)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Harnessing Edu-Power! – Creating Teacher Leaders & Creating 21st Century School Spaces

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 »

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21 votes
(@cpanarese)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

How to Use Teacher Leaders to Build a Positive Culture of Data Use

The Wareham Public School District employs teacher leaders to assist in facilitating the collection, dissemination and collaborative inquiry process of student assessment data. These teacher-led data investigations are effective in creating a foundation of professional learning communities that facilitate a culture of trusting, collaborative use of student assessment data. Teacher leaders support the positive use of... more »

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2 votes
(@ma3398)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Collaborative Teaching Partnerships: Empowering Educators At All Levels Of Experience

To create collaborative partnerships with veteran, experienced, and novice teachers so that all may learn. Veteran teachers would offer experience and insight over time, experienced teachers would act as facilitators and offer their own insights, and novice teachers would share timely theoretical ideas they learned in their teacher preparation program(s). This would be a tri-fold model in which existing Teacher Mentors... more »

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6 votes
(@cora.munoz1)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Professional Educator Program: Expanded Roles for Teachers in a Professional Learning System

Our goal is for New Haven’s teachers to have more great days. We will develop teachers’ professional engagement by developing a professional practice ensuring that professional learning echoes student learning, with purposeful, supportive, and meaningful opportunities for the professionals involved. We believe that professional learning, at its heart, must share the same attributes as student learning – it must be purposeful,... more »

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(@rgorham)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Bread Loaf Teacher Network - Connected Learning

The Bread Loaf Teacher Network has developed a model for Connected Learning in the 21st century through which teacher-leaders nurture the capacity of young people to serve as agents of change, developing leaders through mentorship in democratic, educational creative writing workshops. The model is designed to connect parents, students and teachers with each other and with communities across the nation and the world. We... more »

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(@sidgilford)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

The (Forgotten) Purpose of Schools: Clarifying the Goal to Know How to Improve.

Historically, the purpose of U.S. schools has shifted among academic skills, citizenship, assimilation, social development, and national defense. For example, the 19th century influx of immigrants resulted in schools focusing on assimilation to avert social disharmony. During the industrial revolution obedience, passivity, and following rules dominated the curriculum. At times of war schools prepared young people for... more »

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1 vote
(@laurateachm)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Family Reading Night/Kindergarten Book Club

For 10 years I did a Family Reading Night, inviting families to come in once a month at night to hear a story and do a fun related activity with their child. Last year I moved to a new school (in the same district) but did not do Family Reading Night. I will be bringing back Family Reading Night and I will be adding a new piece, Kindergarten Friends Book Club. One day afterschool (weekly) my kindergarten students will... more »

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3 votes
(@efrangos)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Shifting Professional Development: Uncovering Teacher Leaders

Instead of hiring expensive, outside experts or consultants to teach teachers on district professional development days, teachers and administrators teach a variety of modules and sessions from which each educator chooses. The traditional consultant fee usually spent on outside experts compensates the inside teachers for sharing their ideas and strategies as well as for their preparation time.

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(@swingordon)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Affirming and deepening professional knowledge, identity and community through inquiry

What comprises teacher leadership? How can we develop and identify leadership that impacts instruction, learning and teacher growth? The Boston Writing Project (BWP), UMASS Boston and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU), have created a teacher-designed and led program to address these questions believing that inquiry-based, graduate-level, practitioner research fosters improved instruction and teacher leadership. The... more »

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2 votes
(@jcorduck)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Implementing a Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support System

As educators, it is our responsibility to educate the whole child. Our school recognized the need to provide students with a social/emotional curriculum that is based on life skills and positively promotes students as leaders. An increase in behavior referrals for students who were making poor choices in conjunction with test scores that were on the decline, indicated to us that we needed to do something. Two years... more »

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1 vote
(@apple0)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Help students Build Global Competence and the 21st Century Skills by Integration of Hard and Soft Skills for our Teachers

President Obama has called for American schools to prepare our students for the demands of the global economy. “Now more than ever, the American economy needs a workforce that is skilled, adaptable, creative, and equipped for success in the global marketplace.” (www.whitehouse.gov). To succeed in the global marketplace, our students have to develop global competence and the 21st century skills. The challenge now is to... more »

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1 vote
(@lbdurant)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Connecting with the Early Learning Community

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 »

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15 votes
(@apple0)

Boston Teacher Leadership Summit

Help students Build Global Competence and the 21st Century Skills by Integration of Hard and Soft Skills for our Teachers

President Obama has called for American schools to prepare our students for the demands of the global economy. “Now more than ever, the American economy needs a workforce that is skilled, adaptable, creative, and equipped for success in the global marketplace.” (www.whitehouse.gov). To succeed in the global marketplace, our students have to develop global competence and the 21st century skills. The challenge now is to... more »

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