professional development

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+00:00 October 28th, 2014|

UnCommon Planning

High school teachers Joanna Schimizzi and Rob Leichner formed a teacher-driven professional development community called Uncommon Planning, which works to collaboratively build and evaluate Common Core instructional tools. District: Charlotte State: North Carolina Source: America Achieves Hearing the concerns of teachers about lack of collaboration and planning around the Common Core in Charlotte, North Carolina, [...]

2014-09-09T20:05:31+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|

Core Recommendations For Teachers, By Teachers

Courtney Fox worked with teachers and other partners develop recommendations about what teachers need to successfully implement the common core in Delaware. School: First State Montessori Academy State: Wilmington, Delaware Source: Hope Street Group Courtney Fox was Delaware’s 2008 Teacher of the Year and still continues to be an active member of the Delaware Teacher [...]

2014-09-05T18:51:52+00:00 August 29th, 2014|

iPad Classroom 101

Jennie Magiera led a community of teachers to explore the use of iPads in schools and develop plans and supports for teachers to teach effectively with the devices. School: National Teachers Academy District: Academy for Urban School Leadership / Chicago Public Schools State: Illinois Source: Teacher In the summer of 2010, Jennie Magiera applied for [...]

2014-09-07T05:25:25+00:00 August 17th, 2014|

Tech To Lead

Assistant Superintendent Todd Wirt created a Wake County (N.C.) Teacher Leader Corps of 700 teacher leaders that provides them with structured opportunities to hone their leadership skills to build the capacity of the district’s teachers to use technology effectively. District: Wake County State: North Carolina Source: Discovery Education The Wake County Teacher Leadership Corps’ story [...]

2014-09-05T18:51:14+00:00 July 29th, 2014|

The power of peer-review and providing a voice for teachers in the school hiring process

Dr. Dee Weedon, of Keystone Elementary in Memphis, needed to hire more staff as the school transitioned from an optional school with selective admission requirements to a neighborhood school with 180 new students and 10 new teachers. She included all grade-level teams in the hiring process. Teachers collaboratively developed interview questions and scoring rubrics, participated [...]

2014-08-27T16:44:06+00:00 July 16th, 2014|

Expanding leadership from the legislature to the hallways

Pictured: TOSA team honored at a board meeting on 4/28/13. In the last three years, teacher leadership has been driving implementation and policy decisions in the Camas School District around the state’s new teacher evaluation model as well as alignment toward the Common Core. Starting with a cadre of Teachers on Special Assignment [...]

2014-08-27T16:40:23+00:00 May 6th, 2014|