I would like to set up a formalized teacher advisory board that includes teacher representatives from across the state who provide regular feedback and and counsel about how to solve the state's biggest educational challenges.
We are the second largest district in the state of Illinois. We have very few (less than five) teacher leader positions in the district. My school is beginning the process of teachers volunteering their time to peer coach, peer review, and help develop sound teaching. It's an exercise in trust and community.
Teachers in rural community schools often do not have adequate funding for professional development to support student learning. National Board Certification empowers teachers by helping them to grow as leaders within their school, district, and state and also helps them to maintain focus on the heart of their classroom--enhanced student learning. It is a most rigorous, personal professional development process.
I would like to start up a 'Teacher Academy' for Professional Development (PD) within my school district. I believe that we can all agree that PD has not been well received uniformly across all schools. While some schools/districts do things well, we can all do PD better. Teacher Academy Bullet Points *Leverage local universities or an on-line university to offer graduate credit for PD. *Tracks for specific strands (CCSS,... more »
Race to the top money is given to schools trying to "catch up" technologically across the nation. If schools choose this, they get the money and must abide by the stipulations that come with it. I'd like to see a federally funded project in which teachers seeking national board certification, can partner with a mentoring program, facilitated by national board certified teachers, to assist them in the process. This program... more »
Supporting and creating opportunities for teacher-driven learning are critical to both the profession and student learning. What if there was a way to provide all educators with the tools they'd need to run an Edcamp in their district? Edcamps are the most popular form of teacher-led professional development across the country.
I hope to differentiate professional development for my staff based on their individualized needs. By helping teachers to reflect on personal areas of growth and strength, I hope to increase teacher effectiveness and in return improve student achievement.
I think that so many educators are coming in from different fields, and we are also seeing a decline in student teaching from traditional education programs. Student teaching needs to be funded and mandatory. Perhaps the reason we are losing most of our new educators is because of a lack of support and mentoring. Teachers should get to work with a mentor teacher in the classroom for maybe an entire year. BUT GET PAID.... more »
Teachers used to know their students on a deep level. We need to empower teachers to know and understand their students. Knowing their students will help individual teachers own and understand the data their students provide. Teachers should own and analyze the data for their own students. Teachers should be expected to implement change to help all students become successful, functioning members of society.
Principals, central office admin, consultants, and state ed departments would be required to teach just one prep or class for a 3-6 month period at least once every two years. The teacher in which they are 'subbing' for would then be released during that time to participate in some of the leadership responsibilities of the person assuming their role as teacher. Or they could use their release time to coach a colleague... more »
In order to improve college and career readiness, there must be more vertical articulation opportunities between the middle school and high school teachers. School districts should put aside time for these groups to determine which essential skills are needed to be high school ready. High school teachers should be given professional development time to teach middle school students, and middle school teachers should do... more »
The 21st Century Innovation team is in its third year in the Wallingford Public Schools. This education-business collaborative provides sabbaticals for teachers and administrators while they research, design, and implement innovative practices in their classrooms and schools. In 2012, five local corporations donated funds to place two teachers and an administrator on full-time sabbaticals for the year. During that... more »
In a field driven by research based best practices, who better to add to the growing base of knowledge than teachers? Action research is a practical inquiry based approach to research conducted by teachers interested in gathering information about how they teach, how classrooms operate and how well their students learn. Data is gathered with the intent of developing effective practice, effecting positive change and... more »
We all know that one of the most important partnerships we have is with our families. I believe that in order to have a more successful partnership with these families and to make them feel welcomed, we should invite them into classes, take extra efforts to reach out, be flexible with event planning and scheduling, host community forums on topics they've deemed important, and add a personal touch. At my clubs this year,... more »
Our proposal is to lead a movement to transform the way professional development is designed and implemented in education. Education is one of the only fields that relies on outside sources to develop the capacities and competencies of teachers. We spend billions on PD with little impact on outcomes. Our approach is three-fold: 1) to build capacity among teachers. to this end we just unveiled a web site that can guide... more »