(@scott.allan.slechta)

Summer 2014 Campaign

"New and Improved" Teacher Induction Program

I am developing a powerful Teacher Induction Program. Though based on Iowa's approved program: Journey to Excellence, I have created a "new and improved" program to better meet the needs of our beginning educators, mentors, administration and ultimately, the student! The program's intent: to create a qualified teacher who meets the Iowa Teaching Standards (ITS) through a variety of learning projects. An additional... more »

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(@dawnd0)

Summer 2014 Campaign

Re-design of Middle School Computer Science program

I am working on re-designing my middle school’s computer technology course offerings. I pitched the idea of changing our CS program to be focused on computer science, programming, and electronics instead of the use of computer applications. For our required sixth-grade intro to tech class, we’ll include a unit on computer programming and data. For elective seventh- and eighth- grade classes, we will now offer two courses.... more »

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(@rob.leichner)

Summer 2014 Campaign

UnCommon Planning for Higher-Level/Common Core Instruction and Assessment

Uncommon Planning brings together cross-curricular, cross-school, and cross-grade level teachers to collaborate around higher-level (can be Common Core) instruction and assessment. The program focuses on developing "emerging teacher leaders" - effective teachers who might not enjoy formal leadership roles but want to contribute to and learn from a broader conversation about high-level teaching.

We started in the 2012-13... more »

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(@imeldaliliyanti)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Be as creative as u can

i have been a teacher for about 8 years in various school. we couldnt apply what we have done in one school to other school because each student has their own characters. So as a teacher we have to improve our knowledge and the way we teach them.

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(@tchipman)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Classroom Procedural Potluck

Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, I taught high school English. Toward the beginning of the year, I was feeling inundated with policies and procedures, coming both from the greater school culture and my own bag of teaching tools, needing to be imparted to my students. To "make a meaningful moment" with each procedure, I created a "Procedural Potluck" diagram of a bowl and posted it on a large piece of posterboard... more »

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(@mrebne)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Consultant: Classroom Time Optimizer

The Classroom Time Optimizer works closely with administration during the scheduling, planning, and implementation of all non-classroom events in the school building throughout the day. As a classroom teacher with lightened preps due to this responsibility, this consultant has a priceless perspective on the way events are scheduled and kids are managed during events like assemblies, yearbook company informational meetings,... more »

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(@crystalbyrd419)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Overcoming and Enduring Adversity in Education

21st Century Educators face many challenges on a daily basis. These challenges can cause great stress to those in education. This stress then impacts the education system in negative ways. It has been my experience and observation that the well-being of those in education is not taken into account and this leads to stress, burnout and/or retention problems. We have a responsibility to ensure that we are leading the next... more »

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(@buce10)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Field Trips

In my experiences in education so far, the field trips I have been on have happened during summer camps. Commonly, the answer is PSSA preparation and lack of funds. WIth so much effort in adhering to the standards and how teachers will be evaluated, I think a lot of the "fun" that educational institutions can provide is diminishing. Fostering learning experiences through field trips can open up new opportunities for... more »

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(@betsycavendish)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Harnessing Technology Across School Districts

School districts often allocate resources unevenly among schhols, sometimes fir reasons of demand or interest, but sometimes this magnifies inequality among schools, particularly for able kids at high-poverty schools that offer fewer advanced courses. Teach to lead by finding the kid(s) who need(s) an AP class --or some other class not offered at your school-- that class at another school in the district. Work with... more »

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(@anniealto)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Teach peer- student helpers how to teach

I teach students with profound intellectual disability in a high school setting and I teach regular students how to teach them. My idea is to use peer- helpers to become extensions of me, so that my students with disabilities are taught and taken care of at the same time. I teach general information about disabilities, teaching techniques, various conditions that lead to a student being placed in our program and much... more »

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(@klukacs)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Teacher Leader "Boot Camp"

"Teacher leadership" is a popular notion these days; everyone seems to agree that it is vital to school success - so much so, in fact, that some states even offer it as an "add on" endorsement to a license! For the most part, though, teachers interested in becoming teacher leaders either have to be identified by traditional school leaders (like the principal) or enroll in a formal teacher education program.

But wouldn't... more »

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(@amriccio)

Fall 2014 Campaign

Using Our Resources to Create a Coaching Team

Our school currently has a team of 8 amazing individuals who can serve as instructional coaches to help teachers in the building. This coaching team will spearhead the 2nd and 3rd Year Coaching Program.

In this program, each teacher in their 2nd and 3rd year (1st year teachers receive a coach through the county), will receive an instructional coach that will meet with them once per month to help them perfect their... more »

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