The Lead Teacher's Role in Making Systemic Change...Various models and perspectives of the Lead Teacher's role in implementing a
Presenters: Jane Hazen Dessecker, Mike Daulbaugh, David Lewis, David Miller, Nancy Varian, Stark County, Ohio
SEEDS (Science Education Enhancing the Development of Skills) is a community driven, teacher led, NSF local Systemic Initiative to transform the way elementary science is taught in Stark County, Ohio. Seventeen individual school districts are collaborating with the Stark County Education Service Center, Ashland University, and a local school-business partnership on this ten year initiative. The key components of the innovation are: use of exemplary science materials, an individual professional development plan, a national standards-based curriculum, and teacher leaders. The use of Lead Teachers in developing the curriculum, implementing the professional development, and providing on-going support for teachers is crucial to the SEEDS Model. Three alternative approaches to the "Lead Teacher Model" will be shared and discussed. Each Lead Teacher will describe their model, with its advantages and disadvantages. Access to all relevant information will be demonstrated on the project via the Home Page on the World Wide Web. This systemic change model can be easily transferred to other districts as it relies heavily on the district's own best resources: their teachers.