Monthly Archives: October 2014

We Love Staff Meetings! Seriously.

Katie Brown helped her school transform their ho-hum staff meetings into energetic scenes of teacher leadership in action. School: Shuksan Middle School District: Bellingham Public Schools State: Washington Source: National Network of State Teachers of the Year If you walked into our library five years ago on a Tuesday at 8am, you would have heard the [...]

2014-10-28T16:37:52-05:00 October 28th, 2014|

Preparing State’s Evidence

Working with Hope Street Group State Teacher Fellows in Kentucky, Brad Clark mobilized teacher voice to inform state legislators about important issues, including the impact of the Common Core and reduced funding for education. School: Simmons Elementary District: Woodford County Public Schools State: Kentucky Source: Hope Street Group During the spring 2014 state legislative session, several policies were [...]

2014-10-28T16:10:50-05:00 October 28th, 2014|

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Need

Michael Dunlea organized a team of school and community volunteers to help students’ families rebuild after Hurricane Sandy hit their New Jersey township. School: Ocean Acres Elementary School District: Stafford Township State:  New Jersey Source: Hope Street Group In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy shut down our school for two weeks and rendered more than 240 students homeless. To [...]

2014-10-17T19:07:51-05:00 October 17th, 2014|

Cross Pollination

Allison Riddle, with the support of her principal, created a hybrid position to mentor teachers without leaving the classroom. School:  Foxboro Elementary School District: Davis School District State: Utah Source: Allison Riddle After twenty-one years of teaching elementary school, I took a leap of faith and became a full-time mentor leader for my school district. I was hired [...]

2014-10-17T20:02:54-05:00 October 17th, 2014|

Paradigm Shift: From Test Scores to Teaching

Jay Hoffman collaborated with educators to build a lesson-study model that uses video to examine educator practice and change the focus of professional development in the state. School:  Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School  State:  South Burlington, Vermont Source: National Network of State Teachers of the Year  I became inspired to lead during my travels as Vermont’s [...]

2014-10-15T17:02:46-05:00 October 15th, 2014|

Pushing the Envelope

Nick Lawrence tells his story of expanding teacher leadership—a story that began when he was an idealistic neophyte reaching out just to survive his first year but developed over time as he reached out to broaden his skills and assume greater responsibilities. School:  East Bronx Academy State:  New York Source: Educators 4 Excellence  My teaching career [...]

2014-10-15T18:05:05-05:00 October 15th, 2014|

Growing His Own

Kevin Henson supports new teachers through home-grown induction leadership. School: Lenape High School District: Lenape Regional High School District State: New Jersey Source: Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Kevin Henson has remained at the same New Jersey high school since he started teaching a decade ago. “What I like is that I have the ability to provoke change,” he [...]

2014-10-08T21:06:30-05:00 October 8th, 2014|

A is for Art

Christine Holajter led a group of teachers to adopt an alternative evaluation of learning for the arts and humanities that included improving curriculum and instruction. School:  Straub Elementary District: Mason County Schools State:  Kentucky Source: Hope Street Group  As the related arts teacher leader in my K-2 primary school, it is my responsibility to coordinate the collaboration of all [...]

2014-10-01T17:22:37-05:00 October 1st, 2014|