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.
(@roysanna)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Charter School Collegiate Cohort Program

Our charter school mission is “to work together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas, preparing students for life-long success.” In partnership with certified teachers, families customize students’ educational plans - which may include students being dual enrolled with universities... more »

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(@hayibonte)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher Council

Schools often have student councils to provide input from the student perspective. District and school administration often set up temporary task forces and committees of teachers to solicit and provide teacher input on decision making. My idea is to develop a model for a permanent and empowered teacher advisory council. The council could be at the school level, but if the model works it could be extended to the district... more »

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6 votes
(@ashley.dann)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@dawnd0)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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(@mthorsenphd)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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(@kim.rogers)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teachers Shadow Students for a Day!

Purpose: To fully experience a school day in the shoes of a student. In doing this, the Shadower will come away with insights about intended and unintended effects of school practices & policies on students, to be shared with colleagues in a constructive way. Process: Educators “shadow” individual students in their school or district for a full day. They go to every class of each student, including lunch, stand near... more »

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4 votes
(@christina.yuknis)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

A Seat at the Policy Table

Teachers often complain that we are left out of the policy talks. It is up to us to claim a seat at the table by establishing relationships with our elected representatives. These relationships are critical in ensuring that representatives turn to us, the experts, when education questions are raised. It is also important for representatives to hear from their constituents (which include educators) regularly in order... more »

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6 votes
(@kalpana.sharma)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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(@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
(@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
(@lori.sakalian)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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(@jlocke)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teachers as Instructional Leaders: A video library of the best practices in your school for embedded staff develo

Our District has a high teacher turnover rate; our school does not. We have learned that by building up our own staff as leaders within the school and district, we can stop our most effective and brilliant teachers from leaving. One of the ways in which we have done this is by creating a video library of our own teachers in action. When we are given a new district initiative, observe a best practice that we see a teacher... more »

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(@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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(@lnazareno)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@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