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.
(@khoppe)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

STEM Connections: Community Colleges, Universities, Businesses and Teachers

The Next Generation Science Standards involve the implementation of Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas. These standards pedagogy that emphasize learning in context. In order to connect teachers to real world application, networking with scientists and engineers is the central focus. I will develop a collaborative network among the community colleges, universities and... more »

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(@emaneeley)

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Helping ESL Students Receive the Best Education When Placed in a General Education Classroom

Secondary ESL (English as a Second Language) learners experience tough circumstances when they enroll in school in the United States. Most secondary-age ESL students present educators with unique challenges and constant educational monitoring/instruction throughout their middle to high school career. Often times, many content specific educators do not have the time to re-structure their lessons in order for the ESL learner... more »

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(@kmworth8)

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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
(@jessica.moore0214)

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Engaging in Peer Learning through Teaching Labs

The first year of the project will focus on assembling and training a select group of educators that will lead the project and serve as Core Mentors in the follow years. This core group of exceptional leaders will undergo extensive training both that will address the standards, new assessments, text complexity and close reading through PLC style training. This team will serve in a collaborative mentoring role for all... more »

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1 vote

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Own it! Teachers taking the lead with the evaluation system

In response to Colorado’s new teacher evaluation system, a system plagued by ambiguity and fear, CEA funded our grant request to recruit NBCT and other master elementary, middle and high school teachers in Cherry Creek Schools, representing Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science, World Languages and ELL, to participate in a professional development activity centered on best practices and the new system. District... more »

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(@chommeyer)

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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
(@lori.sakalian)

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A Garden of Possibilities: Place-based Education Opportunties within the Avondale/Oakland University Partnership School

Through the Avondale/Oakland University Partnership, learners of all ages are participating in cutting edge instructional design, meaningful conversations, and opening the doors to countless opportunities, many outside of the traditional modes of teaching/learning. As Oakland University's EED 305 course is offered on-site, the community of learners at Auburn Elementary are engaged in a empowering practice: place-based... more »

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1 vote
(@miranda.egger)

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Denver Writing Project: Putting Teachers Back in Charge of Professional Development

University of Colorado’s Denver Writing Project is our local affiliation with the National Writing Project-- the only national professional development organization that focuses on improving teaching of writing at all grade levels for teachers of all contents (with over 200 sites in the US). The DWP model is designed to provide support for self-directed professional learning for teachers and by teachers that addresses... more »

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(@mark.sass76)

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Teacher Leader in Residence Program

Establish a teacher leader who would teach part time and spend the rest of the time at the Colorado Department of Education as a Teacher Leader in Residence (TLR). The TLR would establish a cadre of teachers from around the state whom would work with CDE to write, implement, and sustain education policy that impacts teachers. The cadre of teachers would geographically represent teachers in all content areas and from all... more »

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3 votes

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Teacher-University Partnerships

One of the ways to improve teacher leadership without taking teachers out of the classroom is buidling on Teacher-University Partnerships. By having preservice students come into the classroom and learn side by side from the experts, the teachers, they are able to see how things learned from books are done in the reality of the classroom. Classroom teachers have a wealth of knowledge that is not tapped into enough.... more »

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4 votes
(@helliott)

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Teachers and Students Leading Change in a Global Society: Solving Global Challenges Through Problem & Project Based Learning

In education we constantly remind ourselves that we are helping to shape the future, which of course we are, but sometimes we need to focus more on shaping the present. There are so many global challenges facing our world today that desperately need solutions, but that seem far too daunting to bring into the classroom, let alone take on as projects. As teachers we sometimes underestimate not only our student's ability... more »

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3 votes
(@mthorsenphd)

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Teaching is About Connoisseurship, Love, and Service. Although it would be much simpler if it was not.

Expertise with a purpose, love for others (without condition), and providing opportunities for young people to reach their potential is the foundation of everything we do. Whether we admit it or not; this is also why we choose a path in education. It is easy to be distracted and moved by the jargon of the day: school choice, pay for performance, and the nod toward both the rationale and the practical. The truth is:... more »

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(@shawnsheehan)

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Teach Like Me

Schools across the country are adversely affected by teacher shortages . In response, I have created the Teach Like Me Campaign. The Teach Like Me Campaign's main goal is to improve teacher recruitment and retention by redefining public perceptions of the teaching profession. We will accomplish this with three main components: First, we encourage teachers to speak more positively about our profession. We ask teachers... more »

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6 votes
(@shereen.henry)

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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
(@k.will1)

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Every Teacher is a Coach; Every Teacher is a Leader

Our school is fortunate enough to have given one of my colleagues and me the opportunity to work as instructional coaches for one class period. We have seen the coaching approach to instructional improvement benefit all of our coachees in that it gives them ownership over the topics we discuss. I propose extending this idea to training our entire staff in peer coaching to give them the power to help each other "own"... more »

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12 votes