(@pflevy70)

Spring Campaign

Write-to-Learn Formative Assessment

To effectively meet the writing demands placed on the middle school students where I am a literacy coach and to help them meet the expectations of the CCSS, content teachers are recognizing a need to develop their curriculum to include write-to-learn procedures. Write-to-learn activities in content area classes build the content knowledge and the stamina for more sustained discipline-specific writing. I am collaborating... more »

Voting

3 votes

Spring Campaign

Hands on STEM Teacher Training via YouTube

Lead STEM teachers by doing their own experiments and posting themselves on YouTube during summer monthly PD sessions to experience first hand. Teachers overcome their experiment fear and do simple demonstrations with confidences. The videos may also be used as open ended videos on demonstration steps. Confidence is the number one priority for STEM teachers do hands on experiments inquiry demonstrations along with time... more »

Voting

12 votes
(@diazclaudia)

Spring Campaign

Career Planning a priority

In improving kids understanding of careers available. By helping them make better informed decisions when choosing their careers. I believe that just waiting for the career day at schools is not enough to give kids the understanding of different careers. I believe that there shall be introduced into their curriculum a career Planning class. Kids need more exposure to different careers and learn more time for their career... more »

Voting

3 votes
(@kld240)

Winter Campaign

Ten Minute Take-Aways: Bite-Sized PD for Teachers

Ten-minute take aways are short, meaningful professional development sessions designed to introduce a skill, strategy, or activity to teachers. As an instructional leader, I believe it is my responsibility to have an awareness of the needs of my teachers and to find the most effective ways to share a variety of best practices to meet their needs. I will share ideas for how to present short, meaningful professional... more »

Voting

4 votes
(@dhodum)

Winter Campaign

Hybrid roles to support teachers and administration

I have begun discussions with my central administration about creating hybrid positions within the district in order to help support a number of different initiatives that we have on-going. For instance, we are piloting a teacher evaluation system this year, and it goes live next school year. Between the administrators also having a new evaluation program, there is simply not enough capacity to support teachers learning... more »

Voting

4 votes

Winter Campaign

The program I wish I had: How we can support and develop more teacher leaders (and build more NBCTs)

As of May 2015, Mount Holyoke College in partnership with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year will be launching a new program to support and develop teacher leaders nationally. This program is built around the Teacher Leader Model Standards, the Teacher Leadership Competencies, and the National Board Five Core Propositions. Teachers will be able to earn stackable certificates as they work on building personal... more »

Voting

9 votes
(@monica)

Winter Campaign

Preparing Urban Teachers

There are many components to teaching in an urban environment outside of curriculum and classroom management. Many teachers entering urban education lack the knowledge of family background, family and community struggles, community dynamics, and how to assist families in their academic, social, and emotional journey. In order to better prepare and retain urban teachers, a scaffolded mentoring and professional development... more »

Voting

4 votes
(@pkelly)

Winter Campaign

Increasing AP Access

One of the biggest struggles for increasing AP access is providing first-time AP students with sufficient support. We can use technology platforms like Google Hangouts to increase resources for first time AP students. For students in schools with limited AP enrollment, this tool can let students have the collaboration with peers that is part of a rigorous learning environment. It can also help new AP teachers learn... more »

Voting

4 votes
(@metrar)

Winter Campaign

Clear Path to Leadership

I know the responsibilities of school administration are endless and they are always working on improving school environment and student achievement, but what happens to career development for teachers? To further clarify, I’m not referring to another professional development or post observation conference, I’m talking about your goals in this profession and how one can be of assistance on your journey. I remember... more »

Voting

4 votes
(@jmcmahon)

Winter Campaign

Instructional Round Playground: Identifying Excellence in Educational Practice

Our new teachers meet with instructional coaches for five seminars outside of the school day in their first year. This year, we incorporated what I call "Instructional Round Playground." This is how it works. We show our new teachers a portion of a Teaching Channel video. Then, as if we were taking part in an instructional round together, we focus on identifying examples of excellence in teaching. It's amazing what... more »

Voting

3 votes
(@keljormon)

Winter Campaign

teacher advisers on school boards

Recently I have attended some school board meetings and I find that the members on the school board usually have an understanding about budget, finance and the physical operations of companies and businesses, but have no idea about education. I suggest that there be some teacher adviser positions which serve to give feedback on what happens in a classroom, school building and how whatever topic is being discussed would... more »

Voting

2 votes
(@stacy.isom)

Spring Campaign

Technology- Makes 21st Century Teachers Learners

Twenty-First Century educators are facing a battle over something younger than we are... Technology. More technology is introduced everyday and we are struggling to keep up, but it is one of the best tools we have for reaching our students which makes it worth the fight. We are teaching a new generation of students to use tools that we, ourselves have little and in some cases no experience with, and about the time we... more »

Voting

3 votes
(@fran00)

Spring Campaign

Instructional Coaching is Needed to Improve Schools

In order to change struggling schools for the better, Instructional Coaches should be used to focus the instruction using research based instructional strategies. Instructional coaches' roles should be clearly defined and should not be asked to do administrative duties such as (but not limited to): lunch duty, disciplining students, etc. Instead as an Instructional Coach 100% of their time should be spent going through... more »

Voting

5 votes