Learning Time

Time, Teachers and Tomorrow’s Schools

Partner:  Chicago Public Schools
Idea Exchange Participants:  570
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 392
Timeframe Start to Finish: 19 Days

In the 21st Century, we can break the structure of 19th Century schools and make better use of student and teacher time.   Chicago teachers re-imagined the school calendar and schedule to maximize opportunities for Chicago’s students. And to provide themselves with more time to hone their craft. They called for year-round schools, an increase in attendance days and curriculum that fully incorporated arts, technology and down time. They identified many time-wasters to eliminate on the road to better use of time.

Teacher Voices for Education Reform: Making the Most of Time In School

Partner:  National Education Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  338
States Represented: National
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 346
Timeframe Start to Finish: 21 Days

In the 21st Century, we can break the structure of 19th Century schools and make better use of student and teacher time. In addition to calling for a longer school year and extended school hours, teachers envisioned grouping students by pace of growth not age in order to maximize learning time for all students. The also proposed numerous tactics to include more time for professional collaboration and increase the use of technology as a tool to extend student learning time.

Changing with the Times

Partner:  Colorado Education Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  124
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 139
Timeframe Start to Finish: 17 Days

In the 21st Century, we can break the structure of 19th Century schools and make better use of student and teacher time. Colorado teachers called for an extended school year and a restructured school day that gave students more uninterrupted learning time and reflected their habits. They called for more full day Kindergarten and more creative use of tools that allow for enrichment or intervention for students and more collaboration for teachers.

Transforming Learning Time

Partner:  National Education Association, Teacher Leadership Initiative
Idea Exchange Participants:  192
States Represented: National
Total number of ideas and comments contributed:     455

In the 21st Century, we can break the structure of 19th Century schools and make better use of student and teacher time. This report, prepared by members of the first two NEA Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI) began with the previous VIVA Idea Exchange collaborations on time and learning, reflecting the work of 1200 classroom educators.

Educator Licensure and Career Pathways

Ensuring an Effective and Supportive Teacher Licensure and Renewal System

Partner:  Colorado Education Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  205
Total number of ideas and comments contributed:203
Timeframe Start to Finish: 17 Days

Licensure is an opportunity to define and describe what great professional instruction looks like. Public interest requires that states use licensure as a human capital lever for recruiting, retention and investments in the public school teaching workforce. Colorado’s model performance evaluation will only succeed if its licensure system has an aligned construct. The licensure process should be used to drive excellence in teacher preparation, including alternative certification. Licensure should include multiple data sets, in order to equip the state with reliable information to support & evaluate its teaching workforce.

Strengthening Our Practice

Partner: Minnesota Department of Education
Idea Exchange Participants:  365
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 260
Timeframe Start to Finish: 22 Days

In the wake of significant legislative change to the professional evaluation standards for all Minnesota public school educators, state leaders deployed the VIVA Idea Exchange to generate unprecedented input directly from classroom teachers. In this report, the second of two, teachers across the state described a data-rich approach to teacher performance evaluations. They envision new roles for educators to gather and use data on a statewide rubric, with local flexibility to ensure teachers across the state are evaluated in a consistent manner.

Opening Doors to Professional Communication and Collaboration

Partner:  New York Department of Education
Idea Exchange Participants:  52
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 26
Timeframe Start to Finish: 27 Days

New York teachers propose a professional evaluation structure that builds connections between professional educators in a single school, across a district, and between districts so that all New York teachers are provided a fair investment in their growth. Anchoring this approach are teacher evaluations that factor in student growth with data from all subjects and a statewide rubric, adapted for district-wide specifics.

Changing the Story

Partner:  National Education Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  953
States Represented: National
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 1236
Timeframe Start to Finish: 31 Days

Student behavior is the foundational indicator of school success and science has equipped educators with the ability to quantify growth in behavioral norms. Envisioning a revised national accountability framework, teachers called for increased professional responsibility for performance evaluations, curriculum design and professional training. Student growth is at the center of their vision for increased professional responsibility to enforce and support effective instructional practice over a wider career span and in more public school classrooms.

Reflections from the Classroom

Partner:  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Idea Exchange Participants:  156
States Represented: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC; Dallas Independent School District, TX; Denver Public Schools, CO;Hillsborough County Public Schools, FL; Memphis City Schools, TN; and New York City Department of Education, NY.
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 147
Timeframe Start to Finish: 34 Days

Voices From the Classroom

Partner:  US Department of Education
Idea Exchange Participants:  148
States Represented: National
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 155
Timeframe Start to Finish: 27 Days

Teachers proposed restructuring Title II of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act in order to revise early career teacher support and career long continuing education for American teachers. Among other recommendations, they proposed dramatically increasing pre-service clinical training and incentives for a common standard for teacher preparation. They also called for using Title II funding to offer compensation enhancements for growth in effective teaching practices.

Teacher Leadship

Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century

Partner:  Iowa State Education Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  316
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 192
Timeframe Start to Finish: 23 Days

Iowa’s teachers envisioned a new career structure that would empower teachers to raise the caliber of teaching by creating hybrid roles for teachers in schools and across disciplines. This approach will increase the caliber of teaching for all students through cooperative professional standards and training, bringing better instructional skills to all districts in the state.

360 Degree Leadership

Partner: Minnesota Department of Education
Idea Exchange Participants:  502
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 389
Timeframe Start to Finish: 31 Days

In the wake of significant legislative change to the professional evaluation standards for all Minnesota public school educators, state leaders deployed the VIVA Idea Exchange to generate unprecedented input directly from classroom teachers. In this report, the first of two, teachers across the state diagramed the complex role of a school principal and prescribed a three-track process for principal evaluation. They called for data from all stakeholders, including parents and students, and off-site and on-site evaluation processes as part of the process.

School Saftey

Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools

Partner:  National Education Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  570
States Represented: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 372
Timeframe Start to Finish: 35 Days

Student behavior is the foundational indicator of school success and science has equipped educators with the ability to quantify growth in behavioral norms. In response to the tragic mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school, teachers in seven states called for reshaping the role schools play in promoting positive problem solving and improving community mental health connections. They called for sensible national gun law changes and an aggressive public awareness campaign about alternatives to gun violence for conflict resolution. They did not however call for a ban on guns in schools.

Student Growth and Learning

Character 2.0

Partner:  New Jersey Charter School Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  36
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 28
Timeframe Start to Finish: 64 Days

Student behavior is the foundational indicator of school success and science has equipped educators with the ability to quantify growth in behavioral norms. As innovators in New Jersey’s public school system, teachers in the state’s charter schools set out to identify school-wide success measures. They envision school and professional evaluations that quantify student’s growth in content knowledge, skills development and cultural competency. An indispensable first step is to cultivate school cultures that foster cultural competency and character development.

 

Addressing Educational Inequities: Proposals for Narrowing the Achievement Gaps in Massachusetts Cities 

Partner:  Massachusetts Teachers Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  173
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 170
Timeframe Start to Finish: 44 Days

Teachers in Massachusetts’ 26 ‘Gateway Cities” proposed a coordinated effort to make these cities higher impact drivers of the state’s economy. They envisioned starting a statewide movement toward dual language competency and to further integrate social and academic curriculum and expand partnerships with existing community-based programs, to transform isolated schools into the hub of community growth. Their recommendations were adopted as official policy of the statewide teachers’ union.

Arizona Charter Teachers Guide to Common Core Implementation

Partner:  Arizona Charter School Association
Idea Exchange Participants:  196
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 160
Timeframe Start to Finish: 35 Days

As innovators in Arizona’s public school system, teachers in the state’s charter schools were the first to begin implementation of Common Core aligned standards. They sought to share early lessons with fellow public school educators across the state. Expressing enthusiasm for the opportunities to increase the depth and diversity of classroom content. They rang an early warning bell about the necessity of repeated public information outreach to distinguish standards from curricula. They also called for careful implementation of content-aligned assessments.

Common Core State Standards: The Keys to Student Success

Partner:  Education Post
Idea Exchange Participants:  131
States Represented: National
On Line Participation rate: 393
Timeframe Start to Finish: 27 Days

These teachers shared their early experience with the opportunities new state standards bring to increase the diversity and depth of classroom content. They called for repeated public information outreach to distinguish standards from curricula and identified opportunities for expanded partnerships with community to enrich curricula and tighten adult guardian links to students’ studies. To make the most of this change, assessments and curricula roll-out need to be carefully calibrated.

Connections for Learning

Partner:  Minneapolis Public Schools
Idea Exchange Participants:  286
Total number of ideas and comments contributed:316
Timeframe Start to Finish: 27 Days

Student behavior is the foundational indicator of school success and science has equipped educators with new capacity to quantify growth in behavioral norms. Minneapolis teachers work in a community with large and multiple refugee communities. They prescribe an approach to student discipline that creates system-wide integration of social & academic curriculum. They focus on strategies for creating a system wide culture of behavior that reinvents a punitive student discipline code into a touchstone for positive behavioral norms.

Remaking Public Education in Pittsburgh

Partner:  Pittsburgh Public Schools
Idea Exchange Participants: 155
Total number of ideas and comments contributed: 321
Timeframe Start to Finish: 30 Days

A community/teacher collaboration to inform Pittsburgh’s need to reshape its school system in the face of three rounds of school consolidations and closings. The report described a system of community schools with curriculum for tomorrow’s skills and a fully supported professional faculty in every school.