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.
(@chommeyer)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher Leadership

I would like to propose the tying of teacher leadership positions to the district's salary point scale in order to improve teacher retention. For example, if you work as a lead teacher or a department chair (and are able to provide evidence that you made an impact at your school site), you could earn salary points. This would heighten the prestige of the teaching profession, create an incentive to take on leadership positions... more »

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2 votes
(@dmlowe)

Denver 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 »

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2 votes
(@andreashunk)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Cadre of Distinguished Educators

The Cadre of Distinguished Educators is a deeply reflective application process for educators in the David Douglas School District interested in engaging in shared leadership at their schools an in the district. It would create a culture of shared leadership and shared responsibility among educators inducted into the CODE and a ready pool of talented and exceptional educators capable and willing to support all aspects... more »

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(@jill00)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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.

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7 votes
(@curtisa)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Fostering Collaboration: The Role of Teacher Leaders in Building Level Curricular Change

Implementing adaptive curricular change, from truly understanding new standards like CCSS or NGSS or a new instructional model like PBL, is a very challenging cognitive task for teachers. At its best, that change should inspire teachers to reconsider their views on successful teaching and learning and also confront their own educational biases. This kind of work can't happen without support, engagement and encouragement... more »

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1 vote
(@claudettecarson)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Veterans Supporting The New

I suggests recruiting exceptional retired teachers who lead by example three to four times a week, three hours a day; give them a stipend; and let them support new teacher. This teacher leader would model various instructional techniques, classroom management, broaden content knowledge, research community resources, etc. This leader would be assigned to a grade level and a specific number of teachers. This leader can... more »

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1 vote
(@lnoble)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Breaking Down the Dam-Letting the Continuity Flow from Kindergarten to 8th grade with NGSS

From Kindergarten through 8th grade, we are seeing gaps in science knowledge and skills. Teachers will help teachers shore up these gaps with NGSS-inspired integrated lessons, utilizing language arts and math. Teachers from our middle school and 3 feeder elementaries will benefit from collaborating in PLC’s to form a unified instruction plan to better support students on their way to high school. Eight hours of teacher... more »

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1 vote
(@pam.rickli)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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 »

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7 votes
(@herzogk)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher Leaders are needed for Transformational Change to occur in the United States Public Education System

Public Education is under attack. Outside of education organizations are increasingly blaming teachers for underperforming schools. These organizations seek solutions outside of our current public education system creating the illusion that transformational change cannot occur within the system. There is too much at stake to allow this perception to continue. Teacher Leaders are not only helpful but critical in creating... more »

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0 votes
(@noreentreadway)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Building Capacity to Teach Students from Poverty

Teachers should be able to earn an endorsement to specifically teach students from poverty. We can earn certification in special education, ELL and gifted education. Similarly, there should be a certification that focuses on the data and instructional strategies behind teaching students who come from poverty. This should not just be one class, but an entire endorsement. I have taught at schools where most students... more »

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1 vote
(@manustina)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Transforming Common Planning to PLCs: Embedding Teacher-led Vertical Planning & Horizontal Differentiation in High Schools

Our high school traditionally allows for departmental meetings for English, Social Studies, Science, Math, etc. These meetings are primarily a time for the Department Head to take supply orders, communicate administrative directives, and/or take inventory of the teachers' individual concerns. This time is not traditionally used to examine student work, analyze data, or bring forward new ideas such as the Common Core... more »

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2 votes
(@shereen.henry)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Enhancing Student-Centered Instruction through a Teacher Leader Professional Learning Community.

We are a cross-disciplinary professional learning community made up of teacher leaders from English Language Arts, Math, Science and Technology. As content-area teacher leaders, it is difficult to find a PLC that is relevant to the leadership aspect of our work. Participating in a PLC composed of teacher leaders and coaches, allows us to focus on the elements of high-quality instruction that transcend content-area boundaries.... more »

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3 votes
(@kmworth8)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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 »

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11 votes
(@sevierb)

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 »

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27 votes
(@frankpb)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher Leadership to Shift the K-12 School Calendar Year Mindset

More and more, teachers nationwide are saying that student learning, not vacation schedules, should drive the K-12 school calendar year framework. Teacher leaders will confront tradition and understand well that the traditional school calendar year is inefficient, ineffective, and unfair when it comes to 21st learning, teaching, professional planning, partnering with parents/community, and play. They will advocate for... more »

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