Monday, September 29, 2014

A New Model


Interestingly, one of the most promising properties of the fullerenes is their ability to serve as ligands in organo-metallic systems.  Think of them as connectors, facilitators and catalysts.  

Call me crazy, but C60 reminds me of CT40  (the forty Consulting Teachers in Sioux City CSD).

Educational models of leadership are being reinvented in Iowa, thanks to the Teacher Leadership and Compensation grants.  This model of teacher-leadership is an attractive new structure that promotes collaboration and empowers classroom teachers. In Sioux City, Consulting Teachers serve as catalysts to accelerate growth for the schools structures in which they serve.

We may not win the Nobel Prize, but I think that the TLC may just be the Buckminster Fuller of education:  an architect of a new way to think about school structures. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Consulting Teachers PLC

Consulting Teachers spend 80% of their time working directly with teachers in the classroom.  At other times, they meet to discuss strategies which shape their work with teachers.

In every case, the Consulting Teacher is asking the question, "How can I support classroom teachers to increase student achievement?"

The focus is always on students.

In this photo, the STEM Integration Program Coordinator is working with Consulting Teachers to design math and science resources which will impact student achievement.