Every year, LearnZillion selects 200 talented teachers to join their Dream Team. TeachFest is a mandatory, all-expenses-paid, three day professional development event that jump starts the Dream Team's deep dive into the Common Core.
If you are a teacher who wants to broaden your impact, learn from content experts, and challenge yourself in new and exciting ways, then this is the professional development experience for you.
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Other TeachFest events
In January 2014, LearnZillion, in partnership with the Delaware Department of Education, hosted TeachFest Delaware. The Delaware Dream Team (comprised of 40 super-talented teachers representing the state of Delaware) met for 2.5 days to work with LearnZillion content coaches on creating high quality, Common Core formative assessment tools and resources. Along with ample time to collaborate and receive professional development on the Common Core, this hearty community of talented educators is now working with their peers and coaches in virtual PLCs to complete their resource creation process, and will meet again as a group in May, 2014.
The State Department of Education (SDE), in partnership with LearnZillion, will host 100 teachers from across the state at an intensive 2.5 day event known as "Connecticut TeachFest." This opportunity is one initiative of the State's overall training and coaching program designed to provide support to school districts in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Every Connecticut TeachFest participant will produce high-quality Common Core resources for teachers to use in the classroom, and lessons that will be shared to support teachers throughout the state and the country. More information can be found in this press release.
In early May, 2013, the largest Dream Team got together for the biggest TeachFest yet! Two hundred amazing teachers from 42 states and 38 expert-coaches landed in San Fransciso for two-and-a-half days of Common Core study, collaboration, professional development, and lots of fun. Following the event, the Dream Team returned home and, over the summer, worked remotely with their coaches to produce over 10,000 Common Core resources. You can see the result of their great work on LearnZillion.com.View the conference agenda
Other TeachFest events
Thanks again to the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a subset of the 2012 Dream Team met up again in Scottsdale, Arizona. These thirty teachers focused on “road-testing” LearnZillion’s process for creating lessons and provided valuable feedback to improve the process for the Dream Team Class of 2013.
After two days diving into the Common Core State Standards, the group then served as teacher representatives at the Education Innovation Summit , where they participated in a “fish-bowl” style panel about teacher needs, challenges, and how ed-innovators can best support real teachers. With a captive audience of CEOs and entrepreneurs, the Dream Team contributed their teacher-voice to the conference.View the conference agenda
In September 2013, 45 teachers representing Washington, DC district and charter schools met up at E.L. Haynes Public Charter school for a day-long TeachFest to kick off their year-long participation in the DC Common Core Collaborative. Teachers spent the day working in groups with their colleagues and a content-coach laying the foundation for a year-long project focused on collaboratively studying the Common Core and creating high-quality, accessible math and ELA resources.
In June 2012, the Dream Team, now 123 strong thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, convened in Atlanta, GA. English Language Arts teachers from grades 3-8 joined in, and that group began to pilot the work of creating Common Core reading and writing lessons in LearnZillion’s format. The Dream Team, working in small coaching groups, spent three days digging into the standards with their coaches, analyzing complex texts, and attending workshops presented by guests such as Student Achievement Partners, America Achieves, EDU, Wolfram, IDEO, and more.View the conference agenda Read the story on CNN
Before it was even called “TeachFest,” the original “TeachFest” took place in Washington, DC over two hot days in July 2011. After winning a Next Generation Learning Challenge grant, LearnZillion was able to bring together twenty pioneering Math teachers to start diving into the Common Core standards, prototyping video lessons, and giving each other in-depth feedback.