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.
(@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
(@wendolyn.nolasco)

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Advancing Student Centered Instruction: Becoming a Facilitator

Year after year, both qualitative and quantitative data suggests students necessitate ample opportunities to speak, read and write so as to build those twenty-first century skills the real world demands. It’s no surprise, then, that Common Core highlights instructional shifts that require reformed approaches. The exchange and synthesizing of concepts, building on knowledge with opportunities for intervention as well as... more »

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6 votes
(@levi.j.patrick)

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OKMath/OKSci Leadership

OKMath/OKSci Leadership selects, challenges, develops and educates Oklahoma math and science educators who have demonstrated an interest in leadership skills related to mathematics and science education. In April 2014, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) featured OKMath/OKSci Leadership as one of only three state-led innovative STEM programs (http://youtu.be/7VQsHa3rmh4). Several members of the Beta Class... more »

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6 votes
(@mark.sass76)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Teacher Leader in Residence Program

Establish a teacher leader who would teach part time and spend the rest of the time at the Colorado Department of Education as a Teacher Leader in Residence (TLR). The TLR would establish a cadre of teachers from around the state whom would work with CDE to write, implement, and sustain education policy that impacts teachers. The cadre of teachers would geographically represent teachers in all content areas and from all... more »

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3 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

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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
(@ssteever)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@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
(@pam.rickli)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Student-Centered Literacy Instruction

Allegan Area ESA is leading our county districts toward a student-centered literacy model for reading and writing instruction. Michigan teachers have written a CCSS aligned model for reading and writing instruction (MAISA Units of Study, K-12) using the workshop model. This is the beginning of great instruction, but teachers need a model of what this instruction looks like in a real classroom. I would like to develop... more »

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7 votes
(@m.ed.d)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Blended Learning Environment

Through the creation of a blended learning environment, students will have the opportunity to create their own pace and personalize their own learning. Teachers will take the time that has been spent on grading assessments and have the ability to truly assist students according to their weaknesses. This environment opens assessments up to project based learning through doing rather than the entire class learning the same... more »

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4 votes

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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
(@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
(@pvalentine)

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Changing School Climate; A Collaborative Journey: Teachers and Principal Unite For REAL CHANGE

The successful transformation of a high poverty low achieving, graffiti covered school to an award winning welcoming educational environment! The collaboration between a principal with a clear vision of shared leadership and teacher leaders willing to step into major leadership roles. This journey began 7 years ago with a new approach to behavior utilizing the Positive Behavior Intervention System in tandem with a School... more »

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3 votes
(@dlarwood)

Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

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
(@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