Encourage Innovative Ideas to Become a Reality

Using Teach to Lead, NSEA Seeks Ideas
to Improve Teaching and Learning

Ask any teacher in any school building in Nebraska, and they will share potentially transformative ideas for improving education in their classroom, school or community.

Now there is an opportunity to formally propose those ideas and perhaps put them into action.

NSEA has formed a new 501(c)(3) organization called LEARN, for Leading Excellence and Robust Networks. Through LEARN, NSEA will sponsor a one-day Powered by Teach to Lead Teacher Leadership Conference in Kearney on Saturday, Dec. 2.

It is through the Teach to Lead process that a teacher's idea might become a reality.

Nationally, Teach to Lead has pushed a discussion on teacher leadership while helping educators turn ideas into reality. Under the Teach to Lead umbrella, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD and the U.S. Department of Education have been joined by more than 100 supporting organizations. This mission: to expand opportunities for teacher leadership by providing resources and encouraging collaborations to develop the work and ideas of teachers.

To start, all a teacher needs is an idea that might strengthen or improve a classroom, school building, school district – or even public education on a statewide basis.

Ideas must be submitted to NSEA no later than Sunday, Oct 15, at this website:

http://bit.ly/NE-LEARN

A team of working educators will review all submitted proposals. Those ideas that they believe will have the greatest impact or the best chance for success will be paired with a "critical friend" – someone with expertise in strategic planning or with expertise in the area of the proposal. The friend will help a team from the school building or community further develop the idea.

A webinar to prepare you for the final step will follow, and on Saturday, Dec. 2, the team will attend a one-day conference in Kearney.

There, a national trainer will help the team develop a strategic approach to implementing the plan. That plan, or roadmap, will get the plan to reality.

There is no registration fee for the Kearney conference. Meals will be provided and most travel costs will be covered. Funding is courtesy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, which has generously allowed funding for the former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska scholarships to be diverted to this purpose.

For more details, go to the website at:

learnnebraska.org

 

 
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