Teachers have a powerful voice and an invaluable perspective on what works to motivate both students and their peers at the school and district level. Convenings should focus both on raising teachers' awareness of their own strengths, interests, and potential as teacher leaders, and on giving teachers opportunities to lead.
Teachers should leave a convening ready to build strong teams, empower colleagues, and influence those in positions of power in their schools and districts. Convenings should guide teachers through the use of effective techniques for communicating with their peers, administrators, parents, and community members.
Innovative and Effective Instructional Practices
Convenings expose teachers to cutting-edge technologies and pedagogical practices, as well as to high-quality, evidence-based curricular materials and practices that are closely aligned to state standards. Teachers should leave a convening feeling like they have a greater understanding of, and access to, these materials and practices and can share them with their peers.
Equity in Education
Convenings should promote educational equity and advance efforts to
close the achievement gap. Teachers who work in high-need schools or with high-need students should leave with a network of support, connection, and inspiration.
In addition to these focus areas, regional convening planners often
supplement their events with unique and creative content.