Talented KSTF Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows are demonstrating their leadership in education every day. Here are some of their recent achievements.
During the 2016–2017 school year, 2012 Knowles Teaching Fellow Sophie State served as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) self-study coordinator for Westlake High School. In preparation for an October 2017 visit, she involved all stakeholders in evaluating the school’s program and its impact on student learning relative to certain criteria. Additionally, Sophie trained a team of 12 to lead monthly focus groups on various topics to gather data for the final report. Further, she is responsible for coordinating the creation of the final report, preparing all teachers for the visit, and coordinating the visit of this accrediting body.
2014 Knowles Fellow Carly Brown was recognized as an Unsung Hero by St. Michael’s College. Carly was nominated by a former student and was cited as being instrumental in their success. See the list of Unsung Heros.
Kimberly Conner, Knowles Senior Fellow, was awarded a 2017 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. She is one of 35 dissertation fellows—selected from a pool of roughly 500 applicants—who will receive $27,500 for a period of up to two years to complete her research and attend professional development retreats. “The NAEd/Spencer Fellowship Programs not only promote important research, but also help to develop the careers of scholars who demonstrate great promise for making significant contributions to education,” stated NAEd President Dr. Michael Feuer. Read more about Kimberly and her research.
2013 Knowles Teaching Fellow Justine Myers received a grant from the EcoLab Foundation that she used to purchase more than $3,000 worth of Vernier probes that will enable her biology and aquatic science students to engage in hands-on labs.
Knowles Senior Fellow Rachel Sanders and her colleague, Laszlo Bardos, were named 2016 Rowland Fellows. The Rowland Foundation awards up to 10 Fellowships annually to secondary teachers in the state of Vermont who are visionary, willing to lead, motivated and committed to affecting change in an area of concern within their respective schools, and who take risks and work collaboratively with others. Grants of up to $100,000 are awarded to Fellows’ schools for the implementation of a vision to transform an aspect of the school that will positively impact its culture and climate.
During the 2016–2017 school year, Rachel and Laszlo used support from the Rowland Foundation to work with staff at their school, Rivendell Academy, on the implementation of Critical Explorations, a philosophy and pedagogical approach that positions students as active drivers of classroom conversation and ideas, and teachers as facilitators who strive to elicit student thinking and pull in all learners.
2014 KSTF Teaching Fellows Susan Pienta and Michelle Vanhala were named as 2017 Project Kindle Fellows. The two are part of a group of 16 teachers who were selected to take part in Earthwatch expeditions alongside world-class scientists, where they will collect data connected to some of the world’s most pressing research questions in climate change, ocean health, wildlife and ecosystems, and archaeology. As part of the Fellowship, Susan and Michelle will be trained to lead a group of their students on an Earthwatch expedition in 2018 or 2019.
At the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC) ceremony, 2012 KSTF Teaching Fellow Kaitie O’Bryan will be recognized in the educator honorable mention category. Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), Kaitie is being recognized for her demonstrated commitment to encouraging young women’s aspirations in computing. Specifically, she taught the first computer science course to 20 students at her school in 2015. One year later, more than 100 students have been impacted by the program. Read more.