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.
(@sara.etzel)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@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
(@hallockr)

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Cultivating Quality Teachers: The Problems of Practice (POP) Fellowship

Many successful, experienced teachers love teaching but also look for opportunities for leadership outside the classroom that allow them to keep teaching. They are problem-solvers who think critically about what they don’t know and how that affects their practice. These teachers want to lead and share their inquiry with their colleagues, but do not want to become administrators. What if these teachers had the opportunity... more »

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0 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
(@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
(@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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0 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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(@david0)

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Transform the Expectations of Teachers

In light of the changing needs of learners... how should we re-envision the profession of teaching? Should we be deliverers of content? Or, should we move to a model of being a guide, a researcher and an integrator? In our data-driven and information rich age, I see the role of teaching needing a good transformation.

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5 votes
(@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
(@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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(@tmartin3)

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Coaching and Mentoring of New and Experienced Teachers: Innovating and Diminishing the Stigma with Observation and Coaching

Observations and feedback in education have gotten a “stigma” in education. Either teachers find that it’s done too often, not enough, or that it isn't representative of their work. What I would like to propose would be developing a program or training that would allow teacher leaders to take on some of the coaching and mentoring of both new teachers and experienced teachers looking to refine their practice. Studies... more »

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(@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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(@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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0 votes

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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
(@jeremy.koselak)

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Embed Breathing Room in the Calendar and Schedule for Meaningful Collaboration, Reflection and Peer Support

The compact nature of the US calendar is the primary reason teachers aren't able to address all the expectations placed upon them by policy makers. US teachers, when compared to international peers from top performing nations, are provided far less planning time, and teach far more instructional hours in far fewer days. A redesigned calendar, by emphasizing teaching and learning, would spread out the learning over more... more »

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4 votes