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Talented KSTF Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows are demonstrating their leadership in education every day. Here are some of their recent achievements.

BRADFORD HILL WINS PHYSICS TEACHING AWARD

KSTF Senior Fellow Bradford Hill won the American Association of Physics Teachers’ 2014 Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching. At the American Association of Physics Teachers’ (AAPT) 2014 Summer Meeting, Bradford will receive a monetary award, an award certificate and a citation. Additionally, his travel expenses to the meeting, where he’ll deliver an address, will be covered. Read the press release issued by the AAPT to learn more about why Bradford was chosen.

SCHAEFER TO LEAD SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES PROJECT

Senior Fellow Patricia Schaefer has been tapped to lead the writing and development of the Southwest Wisconsin Science and Engineering Practices Project. Over the next three years, this project will support 30 elementary science teachers and will lead the organization and implementation of grant activities. Funded by a discretionary grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership Program, the project is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts.

SENIOR FELLOW BRADFORD HILL RACKS UP ACCOLADES

In recent months, Beaverton, Ore., physics teacher Bradford Hill has received several awards and new positions. At the Oregon Science Teachers Association‘s (OSTA) Awards Reception, held on October 24, 2013, Hill was recognized as an Outstanding Classroom Teacher. In November 2013, he was elected President-Elect of the OSTA. Hill has also been named a Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) finalist. The PAEMST are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Most recently, he was named a member of the Oregon Department of Education Science Content and Assessment Advisory Group, where he’ll serve a three-year term.

WAKE FOREST COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER FEATURED IN VIDEO

Mark Hartman, a National Board Certified Teacher, is featured in a video produced by the Wake County Public School System about National Board Certification. Watch it now.

Mark is a 2009 KSTF Teaching Fellow.

HEATHER BUSKIRK FEATURED ON PBS AFFILIATE

Senior Fellow Heather Buskirk was recently featured in a WMHT segment entitled WMHT Talks Education. In this segment, Heather discusses her work with The Learning Project, a new integrated, project-based learning experience for seniors in the Johnstown (NY) School District.  Watch the segment now to learn more about this transformative learning environment.

KSTF FELLOWS TO PRESENT FOUR SESSIONS AT 2013 NABT CONFERENCE

Three groups of KSTF Fellows will present educational sessions at the National Association of Biology Teachers’ 2013 Professional Development Conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Ga., from November 20–23. 2010 Teaching Fellows Brittany BarickmanRachel Clausen and Helen Snodgrass will discuss using the 5 Practices framework to facilitate productive classroom discussions. 2009 Teaching Fellows Kirstin Milks and Steven Traphagen will present a session on the role student voice plays in engagement and motivation. Additionally, Senior Fellow Jim Lane and 2009 Teaching Fellow Isaac Stewart will teach attendees how to incorporate simple inquiry-based activities to inspire curiosity and awareness for the natural world in the context of course content during two sessions.

CLARK APPOINTED TO UC BERKELEY ADVISORY GROUP

Team 2 specialist Jim Clark has been appointed to the Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG) of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education. The group provides input on trends and developments that will impact how teachers are prepared. In addition to serving on the TEAG, Clark teaches biology and honors anatomy and physiology at Arroyo High School and works as a program manager at the Academy of Health and Medicine, a small learning community within the San Lorenzo (CA) Unified School District.

KSTF STAFF AND FELLOWS ACKNOWLEDGED IN BOOK

Several members of the KSTF community, including both staff and fellows, were mentioned in the acknowledgements section of 5 Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science, a copublication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Press. Read more about their specific contributions: 5_Practices_Acknowledgements

BURTON AWARDED AFCEA GRANT

Camden Burton, a 2012 Teaching Fellow, was recently awarded a $1,000 grant by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). Burton will use the teaching tools grant to purchase supplies for his biology classes at Olathe Northwest High School, located in Olathe, Kansas. He is shown here with his principal, Gwen Poss.

SENIOR FELLOW SELECTED AS PANELIST FOR TEACHER TOWN HALL

Alexandra Fuentes—biology teacher, KSTF Senior Fellow and outspoken teacher advocate—has been selected to participate in a panel discussion on teacher voice that will take place during the fourth annual Education Nation Teacher Town Hall. To coincide with the overall theme of this year’s summit, “What It Takes,” the discussion will focus on what it takes for teachers to be successful in today’s school system. The Teacher Town Hall will air live on MSNBC on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 12:00–2:00 p.m. EDT.