There’s no better way for teachers to improve their practice than by learning from and with
other teachers. To help lead the way in this kind of Getting Better Together effort, Teaching Channel has assembled a group of Laureates from
across the nation who reflect the diversity of experiences and situations that make up public education today. Over the course of the 2015-2016
school year, the teachers on this Laureate Team plan to make visible their own problems of practice, and some will even be tinkering with the Common Core. They invite you to help them analyze their work, make refinements, and test out improvements. With the ultimate goal of supporting our young people to achieve at the highest levels
Join them in their respective journeys here, via the links to their individual
pages below, and at the Teaching Channel blog. Contribute your knowledge and expertise by adding comments to their blogs, joining live events
like Twitter chats and Google Hangouts on Air, and engaging in collaborative online spaces such as Teaching Channel Teams. We’d love to hear what
you’re working on, too. Together, we’ll document what it looks like when we tinker with our practice and co-create knowledge about what works for
our students. Let’s Get Better Together this year!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, we’re proud to
introduce our Tch Laureate Team:
High School English Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
Baltimore County, MD
The truth is that our students make the choice to opt in to learning completely, or not, every single day, and teachers often have the power to determine which way that decision goes. To meet that challenge is a worthy, demanding calling that drives me to constantly improve.
7th Grade Language Arts Bronx Studio School Bronx, NY
As a teacher, I’m passionate about ensuring that black and brown students from low-income communities have access to experienced and accomplished teachers. I’m passionate about creating positive change for and with my students, my colleagues, and our community.
Kindergarten Longfellow Elementary School
Oak Park, IL
Each year, as I anticipate meeting my new bunch of kindergarteners, I’m excited thinking about how much we will learn and grow together. The start of the year is a great time for establishing the culture and community of our classroom. It sets the stage for the growth and risk taking that we'll do during the course of our year together.
K-5 Math Specialist Richard A. Shields Elementary Cape Henlopen, DE
As a teacher, I’m passionate about being genuinely curious each day. Curious about the content I teach, the way in which I teach it, and most importantly about the work my students do. Understanding there is thinking and reasoning behind every piece of work and conversation that my students are involved with allows me to create effective learning experiences in my classroom.
Middle School Science/STEM Greenon Jr/Sr High School Enon, OH
I want to make a difference in the world of science education. Science is something that should be immersive and experiential. Unfortunately, in the past, many educators have not treated it as such and have missed out on a chance to engage as well as inspire students. I hope to leverage the chaos caused by the shift towards NGSS to change the way things are done in many places.
I could have been a doctor. I could have been a lawyer. I could have been a writer or a musician. Those are all good professions. But imagine this instead. As a teacher, I can help to create thousands of doctors, thousands of lawyers, thousands of writers, or thousands of fill-in-the-blank. This is my passion: to create the faces of our next future leaders, and to teach students how to be functional members of our community. Now that is what I call greatness.
6th Grade Literacy Armstrong Elementary School Chicago, IL
As a teacher I’m very passionate about making sure my students leave my classroom with a love and appreciation for reading. My challenge every year is to increase the number of students that gain a love for reading!
Instructional Coach Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School
My life's motto is to help people and solve problems. Therefore it fuels me to co-create learning experiences that engage students and colleagues in meaningful instruction. It's in this creative space that I can leverage relationships built with teachers and students to create authentic learning experiences over the course of a year.