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What Happens After Teacher Leaders Meet?

On Friday, August 3, the US Department of Education hosted Transforming the Teaching Profession: A Teacher Leader Convening. The purpose of the meeting was to gather teacher leaders from various education organizations to identify priorities and develop strategies to move the RESPECT Project vision forward. The participating organizations included the AFT, NEA, NEA Foundation, Pearson Global Fellows, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows Program, America Achieves Fellowship for Principals and Teachers, Center for Teaching Quality, Center for Inspired Teaching, DCPS Common Core Math Corps, DCPS Human Capital Team, E4E, Hope Street Group, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of ...


Personalized Learning Requires Effective Teaching First,Technology Second

On Tuesday, July 10, the US Department of Education (ED) hosted "What Teachers Need to Know about Personalized Learning" as part of their Teacher Summer Seminars. Richard Culatta, Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, Matthew McCrea, Science Instructional Lead Teacher at G. James Gholson Middle School in Maryland, and I discussed our perspectives on promoting personalized learning in schools from the policy, classroom, and staff development perspective. What is Personalized Learning? ED describes Personalized Learning as: Adjusting the pace of instruction so that instruction is more individualized. Adjusting the learning approach so that instruction is differentiated. Leveraging student ...


Teacher Negotiation Reform: Beating Swords Into Ploughshares

Teacher leadership can take many forms. Some teachers lead within their schools and districts. Others lead within their unions and professional organizations. With the National Education Association Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly occurring this week, Steve Owens, an occasional guest blogger here, writes about his efforts to improve student learning through his union work. Steve is a National Board Certified Teacher and union leader from Vermont. His opinions are his alone, and do not represent the views of any organization with which he is affiliated. He writes about progressive unionism and education policy on his blog, Education Worker The second ...


Access the Real World To Inspire Career Awareness and Readiness

In 2001, Mark Prensky coined the terms "Digital Natives" and "Digital Immigrants" to describe the differences between adults and students in using technology. Educators are the "Digital Immigrants" who have to adapt and learn how to integrate technology into their lives. Students are "Digital Natives" born into a culture and lifestyle where technology immersion is the norm. Although I know a lot of educators who argue that immigrants can use technology in the same ways as the natives and that being a native does not necessary guarantee proficiency, I have found the Digital Immigrant and Native comparison to be helpful ...


How Can Teachers Create a Learner-Centered Environment?

As a classroom teacher, does the idea of a learner centered environment sound new to you? The Alliance for Excellent Education recently released Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered By Digital Learning. The report advocates that a culture shift to a learner centered classroom environment is needed to prepare students to meet the challenges and demands of a global economy, that: 1) Learning needs to be rigorous and based on college and career-ready expectations. 2) Learning is personalized. 3) Learning is collaborative, relevant, and applied. 4) Learning is flexible, taking place anytime, anywhere. This insightful report confirms and ...


Why Should Teachers Become Teacher Leaders?

As educators begin to discuss the knowledge, skills, challenges, and opportunities associated with teacher leadership, one question often overlooked is why teachers should aspire to become teacher leaders. This week's guest blogger is Erin Kelly, a middle school science department chair in Fairfax, Virginia. Why Should Teachers become Teacher Leaders? Who is a teacher leader? A teacher leader is someone who impacts students and teachers outside his or her classroom. Teacher leaders are the heart of a school. We are the silent partners in decision-making. We are the ones informing administrators of the specific needs of our students and families. ...


Technology for Online Standardized Testing vs. Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Creative Inquiry

As an educational technology geek, what is more exciting than reading about predictions and rumors if the next iPhone will have a larger screen or if the next Macbook Pros will be sleeker and without a CD/DVD drive? Reading about predictions about technology in schools- of course! After all, it's online testing season here in Virginia, where all students are taking their state standardized tests online. So imagine entire districts and schools this month preparing the computers to test all students. Yes, for many schools that means taking away all those desktop and laptop labs for setting up individual ...


Teacher Leadership Recap

A blog that's entitled "Leading from the Classroom" should have blog posts about teacher leadership. So, as the application window for the Teacher Leadership Online Community remains open, I've posted various blog articles from the past that explore questions of teacher leadership. As the Teacher Leader Model Standards website continues to add exemplars, research, and other articles about teacher leadership, we can develop a single resource for all things Teacher Leadership so our understanding of the knowledge, skills, and supports required for this evolution in the profession will be easily accessible. Teacher Leadership or Teacher Extra Duty? When Do Teachers ...


Join the Teacher Leadership Community

Dear Educator, How do you define teacher leadership? Do you consider yourself or any teachers with whom you work to be teacher leaders? What roles do teacher leaders currently serve within the educational community? How can teacher leaders help to move education forward and provide our students with 21st century skills? We, as practicing teacher leaders, are excited to invite practicing teacher leaders to join us as we launch the Teacher Leader Model Standards Community this spring. We can't wait to virtually explore, discuss, and promote the Teacher Leader Model Standards. The Teacher Leader Model Standards represent the various forms ...


Are School Libraries Becoming Obsolete?

Mrs. Carmenates, school librarian and guest blogger, and I recently had a discussion about Linda Braun's article Next Year's Model in the School Library Journal. Next Year's Model tells the story of Sarah Ludwig, a former school librarian, who later became a technology coordinator at a school in Connecticut. Realizing that librarians are experts in information literacy, she was in a unique position to help students and teachers. The article concludes: "Once you remove yourself from the physical constraints of the library, you have more freedom, because you aren't limited by the title and the expectations of the job. If ...


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