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.

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Engage Students with Social Media

Today's students do not engage in the world in the same format as most teachers. They engage in the world and with peers through social media. Their conversations happen through Twitter, stories through Snapchat, chronically adventures through Instagram, and expressing well developed thoughts through Tumblr blogs. This is something many teachers and schools are unused to and shy away from. Instead, we think Teacher... more »

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10 votes
(@amy.shepherdfowler)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@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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(@dawnd0)

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Computer Science in Middle School

Computer Science education is an important challenge for school systems nationwide. CS and Electronics are neglected areas in all grade levels, with some statistics showing as many as 90% of schools offer no computer science. This would be unacceptable with any other science discipline, and computer science is a field with tremendous opportunity and job growth. Research shows women and minorities especially respond to... more »

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Teacher Leader Partnerships for Developing State Conversation Conveners

U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Alumni and their respective colleagues will leverage leadership skills in order to build systems to support teacher leadership networks within their respective states. Common priorities across states will include building teacher leadership capacity in response to specific state needs, a focus on college and career ready standards, and attention to state adopted instructional... more »

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1 vote
(@taramet)

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More and Better Learning Time

Educators know there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. This project connects teachers from Colorado, Massachusetts and around the world virtually to discuss redesign around how time is used for student learning and teacher collaboration. Some of the teachers are currently teaching in schools that have been redesigned around time, while some teachers are passionate about changing the way time is used... more »

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2 votes
(@todd.bloch)

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Take learning off the clock! Advance students on Learning not seat time, A blended learning approach.

Once students enter the middle level they have learned the school game. Many students know they will advance to the next grade no matter what their achievement. What if students were allowed to work at their own pace in a blended learning environment? This would differentiate the learning experience for ALL students. Students will advance when they have mastered the standards, not by the end of the "school year". This... more »

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4 votes
(@mekawilhoit)

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JumpStart Kindergarten: Catching them before they fall

JumpStart Kindergarten is a program I have implemented at my school. The program is designed to reach students and their parents before they come to school. It involves teachers, parents, school staff, and other stakeholders in preparing students and parents on what to expect when beginning school. Parents are involved in parent nights. There is a "KinderCamp" program for incoming students the summer prior to K start... more »

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2 votes
(@msem1964)

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Uniform Training for Staff

According to the National Education Association, 46% of all teachers leave teaching within five years. In the 2011-12 Personnel Turnover report compiled by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), there were 1040 new teachers in the District. While there are myriad reasons for this turnover, this proposed solution focuses only on preparing new teachers, providing structure for existing teachers, and streamlining... more »

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PAAVEMGMT 1.0 SmartSchools

PAAVEMGMT 1.0 SmartSchools® has taken a very unique approach to plant two trees with one seed... (redeveloped, rehabbed or rehabilitated of abandoned properties or eyesores) in any neighborhood - which can be utilized as “Hybrid Homes” or a “SmartSchools” concepts - in remedying a "Sub/culture in Crisis," especially among young boys and young men of color. These are deep-rooted in that; we have extensive research into... more »

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1 vote

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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
(@educational.cqi)

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Academic Resiliency: The missing variable in the student success equation.

Academic Resiliency is relevant to classroom and special education teachers, school counselors, directors of student support programs and anyone who wants to increase student achievement and persistence for under achieving students. "Academic resilience" occurs when there are cumulative "protective factors" internalized and/or practiced by the student. Academic Resilience is not a single skill, or process, it is a combination... more »

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3 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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The World Languages Proficiency Project: Preparing Our Students for a Multilingual World

The World Languages Proficiency Project will help the Modern and Classical Languages Department provide students with effective tools (technological and non-technological) that will help them explore their language of study through reading, summarization, and storytelling, and discover talents that they will be able to transfer to their learning in other disciplines. It will also build more collaborative efforts in the... more »

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(@lnazareno)

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Teacher Powered Schools

Current school structures are rooted in the industrial era and prepare students for a time that no longer exists. Teacher-powered schools provide an opportunity for teachers to engage in the types of interactions and model the skills that our students will need to be successful and contributing citizens.Teachers in these schools think critically about how to meet the needs all students, work collaboratively to solve... more »

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7 votes