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.
(@bwellmanonw)

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Science & Engineering Educators Co-operative (SEE Co-op):Working collaboratively to design & analyze purposeful education data

Solid instructional design is grounded in identifying clear learning targets and creating an assessment plan to insure that the instructional goals have been achieved. Unfortunately few tools exist to allow teachers to collaboratively create common learning objectives and valid and reliable assessment tools aligned to those specific learning objectives. A new paradigm of education assessment development and deployment... more »

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1 vote
(@justinmckaughan)

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Creating learning management systems that provide just in time professional development electronically for 24/7 access

I want to develop a system for teacher-leaders to use when designing PD opportunities for staff, including support staff and administrators in addition to teachers. I find that teachers know when they are ready to take on new learning and should have control of the pacing of the learning. On-site PD helps the day of the presenting, but it would be nice to have a way to have ongoing practice with the new learning in... more »

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1 vote
(@melissa.mcqueen)

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New faculty orientation class

When I started at my school, there was no orientation for new teachers. During that school year I would often think "I wish I had known that before now". I documented all of those items during the year and, with my principal's permission, created a new faculty orientation workshop. I lead it during a 1/2 day before the start of the school year. We go over important culture and practice items for our building, those... more »

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1 vote
(@ashley.dann)

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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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6 votes
(@helliott)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@ssteever)

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WoLakota: Retaining and Supporting Teachers in Rural and High Needs Communities

“WoLakota” is a Lakota word which implies balance and coming together. The WoLakota project supports students in rural and high-need schools, pairing trained mentor-teachers with new teachers and providing Courage to Teach circles to tend to the ʻheartsʼ of each. Mentors support the embedding of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) into practice, complementing the Common Core. The OSEU address the achievement... more »

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14 votes
(@kalpana.sharma)

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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
(@jill00)

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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
(@frankpb)

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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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(@sara.etzel)

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STEM: Strategies That Engage Minds - Every teacher STEM / Career Ready

To be career ready in our ever-changing global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, along with mastery of key knowledge, skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another, and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. - Career Readiness Partner Council, 2013

Quality career readiness experiences allow students to apply academic and technical learning... more »

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9 votes
(@dlarwood)

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Instructional Design for Students

With technology changing so fast and with such a diversity of technology tools no teacher can stay on top of how best to utilize technology in the classroom. I thought I would try work in the reverse direction.
I went into each of the classrooms in our small school and gave the students a quick instructional design lesson. This lesson covered the concepts of keep it simple, use a theme, clearly state your objective and... more »

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3 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
(@sense0)

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A STRATEGIC AGENDA

A STRATEGIC AGENDA
Based on the input so far, a strategic agenda slowly but surely fills with the following points:
1. Bridging the gap between management and the base. Management and "the trenches" should be connected (role reversal, hybrid roles, distributed leadership, change agency).
2. Approaching teachers and school staff in a holistic way: have an eye for the professional, but also for the person behind the professional.... more »

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1 vote
(@andreashunk)

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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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0 votes
(@amy.shepherdfowler)

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Game Based Mathematics in a Rural Setting: a summer community partnership for elementary students grades 2-5

With school budgets tight, many school districts have cut summer school remediation and enrichment programs completely from the educational landscape. In Mesa County, Colorado, we have experienced massive budget shortfalls during the past five years. During this time, Mesa County Valley School District #51 lost its summer school programming. Many students in the rural communities of Mesa County no longer had access to... more »

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8 votes