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.
(@tmartin3)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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(@amberbourgeois)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Expanding upon Differentiated Roles

My idea is to improve the Differentiated Roles. DR is a pilot program in Denver Public Schools DPS. The vision of DR is to increase distributive leadership, improve teacher retention, extend the reach of effective teachers, improve equitable access to effective teachers, and evaluate the profession. Evaluations are based on the Leading Effective Academic Practice LEAP framework. DR Team Leads have had intensive training... more »

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(@msem1964)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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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(@ms.sanchez.serrano)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

ELA Student Coordinator

An array of reports issued by nationwide committees of education and interdisciplinary experts point to the highest rate of academic failure experienced this decade for upper elementary, middle and high school English Language Learners. Contrary to the popular belief, adolescent ELs are not recent newcomers; they have been in U.S schools since kindergarten. Recent statistical trends in U.S. secondary schools indicate... more »

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4 votes
(@taramet)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@khanger)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

School-Community Partnerships: Increasing the Role of Parents and the Community in Education

Research has shown that parent involvement is one of the strongest indicators of students’ success in school. Historically, our school has struggled to successfully enlist the support of parents and the community. Our leadership idea is to create an advisory committee consisting of parents, teachers, and other community members dedicated to making the school a better place for learning. Our advisory committee would help... more »

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1 vote
(@claudettecarson)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Veterans Supporting The New

I suggests recruiting exceptional retired teachers who lead by example three to four times a week, three hours a day; give them a stipend; and let them support new teacher. This teacher leader would model various instructional techniques, classroom management, broaden content knowledge, research community resources, etc. This leader would be assigned to a grade level and a specific number of teachers. This leader can... more »

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1 vote
(@afarias)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher Led Foreign Language Professional Development

There has been little to no professional development for foreign language teachers in my district so teachers have to seek out learning opportunities outside the district which can be costly and very difficult for teachers with families. To help solve this problem I got together with four other foreign language teachers to plan out and offer professional development for our district. We already have planned one professional... more »

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1 vote
(@lnoble)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Breaking Down the Dam-Letting the Continuity Flow from Kindergarten to 8th grade with NGSS

From Kindergarten through 8th grade, we are seeing gaps in science knowledge and skills. Teachers will help teachers shore up these gaps with NGSS-inspired integrated lessons, utilizing language arts and math. Teachers from our middle school and 3 feeder elementaries will benefit from collaborating in PLC’s to form a unified instruction plan to better support students on their way to high school. Eight hours of teacher... more »

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1 vote
(@khoppe)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Perfecting Practice through Problem Based STEM Teaching

STEM Education requires that teachers have the capability to develop learning modules that engage and integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and ELA. The current Problem Based Learning (PBL) Regional Summer School program has led to a decrease in discipline referrals and absence and an increase in passing rates and engagement, as shown by action research. However, it has been in place for ten years needs re-development.... more »

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1 vote
(@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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(@shereen.henry)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@jill.copeland)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Virtual Colleague Circles to excite and educate 21st Century Math Skills

After attending the ECET2 leadership conference in Omaha, I was intrigued and excited to collaborate with teachers outside of my school and district. Once I finished Primarily Math, a Math Specialist endorsement, my love for math and promoting an exciting change to 21st century math skills deepened. As we continue to see a need to push for a deeper understanding of math computation in our students we also see a wider... more »

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1 vote
(@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
(@todd.bloch)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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