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Signs of Innovation, Leadership, and Sustaining Teachers: Snapshots from the Denver Teach to Lead Regional Summit

Editor's Note: The following post by Antero Garcia, U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow, is a reflection on the second Teach to Lead Regional Summit that was held in Denver from January 9-11th. His bio is below. “Why do you teach?” Amidst a lyrical chant, 7th Grade English teacher Genevieve DuBose provoked more than [...]

2015-01-27T19:58:21+00:00 January 27th, 2015|

Missing our Mr. Miyagi moment

Editor's Note: This blog is by Mike Lee, NBCT, director of outreach and engagement at the National Board. It is reposted from the Arizona K-12 Stories from School blog. His bio is below. Think about “Star Wars.” How would the tale have ended if Luke had confronted Darth Vader, but had yet to meet Obi-Wan Kenobi and [...]

2015-01-27T16:24:09+00:00 January 26th, 2015|

TeachToLead Summit – Denver: Washington is Different

Editor's Note: The following post by Mark Gardner, NBCT, is reposted with permission from the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) Stories from School blog. His bio is below. This past weekend I was surrounded by people ready to change their worlds. Teacher leaders from all over the nation converged in Denver for the regional Teach to [...]

2015-01-27T16:54:52+00:00 January 20th, 2015|

Looking beyond the summits

Editor's Note: This blog was co-authored by Hope Street Group Kentucky Fellow Natalie McCutchen and America Achieves Fellow Katrina Boone following the first Teach to Lead Summit in Louisville, December 6-7, 2014. Their bios are below. Although there is still some uncertainty and disagreement about the term, teacher leadership has quickly become a hot topic for discussion [...]

2015-01-27T16:23:27+00:00 December 15th, 2014|

Building The Capacity of Beginning Teachers

Anna Baldwin worked with a team to create professional learning to improve the teaching skills of beginning teachers in the district. School: Arlee High School District: Arlee Joint District State:  Montana Source: National Network of State Teachers of the Year In my hybrid position as a half-time instructional coach and half-time teacher, I am tasked not only [...]

2014-11-19T20:31:05+00:00 November 19th, 2014|

Building an Algebra Scope and Sequence That Makes Sense

John F. Mahoney partnered with other district math teachers to map out a scope and sequence for Algebra I that aligned with the Common Core State Standards and to teach the sequence to teachers. School: Benjamin Banneker Academic High School State: District of Columbia Public Schools Source: teacher The District of Columbia Public Schools started the [...]

2014-11-19T19:43:59+00:00 November 19th, 2014|

Literacy Leadership Across the Curriculum

Serving in a hybrid role, Sarah Yost created cross-curricular literacy training that dramatically improved students’ reading skills. School: Westport Middle School District: Jefferson County Public Schools State: Kentucky Source: Hope Street Group After our school was identified by our state as a school with repeated low performance on state tests in 2013, my principal asked me to [...]

2014-11-12T21:14:22+00:00 November 12th, 2014|

Transforming Student Relationships

As a teacher leader in his school and a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow, George Mueller helped initiate his school’s transition to Smaller Learning Communities , which has transformed relationships among students and teachers. School: Dunbar Vocational Career Academy District: Chicago Public Schools State: Illinois Submitted by: Teach Plus George Mueller is a high school social studies teacher at [...]

2014-11-12T20:02:36+00:00 November 12th, 2014|

A Team Approach to Literacy Leadership

Rebecca Gault worked on a team with two other teachers to improve literacy instruction at her middle school. School: Bel Air Middle School District: Harford County Public Schools State: Maryland Source: Teacher The story began when my former principal, Nancy Reynolds, saw a need for improved literacy instruction and brought together a team of teacher leaders to [...]

2014-11-05T20:16:22+00:00 November 5th, 2014|

Leaving a Comfort Zone to Extend My Reach

Maryann Woods-Murphy worked with school faculty, administration, and state organizations to reimagine gifted education as a lever to achieve whole school reform. State: New Jersey Source: National Network of State Teachers of the Year Sometimes being a teacher leader means being open to making big changes. After years of working as a high school Spanish teacher, [...]

2014-11-05T17:27:52+00:00 November 5th, 2014|