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Awards & Recognition

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

MCCOLLUM NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Matthew McCollum, 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was named Homewood High School 2015–2016 Teacher of the Year. Initially nominated by a colleague, Matt was chosen from among 103 teachers at his school to receive this honor.

HOTCHKISS TO SPEAK ON ENGAGEMENT PANEL

On Feb. 4, 2015, KSTF Teaching Fellow Heather Hotchkiss will serve as a panelist in a discussion about stakeholder engagement and communication. Hosted by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the panel discussion will take place at a two-day meeting of state teams and regional comprehensive center staff. The meeting will focus on ensuring equitable access to excellent educators. In addition to speaking on the panel, Hotchkiss will be available to meet with state representatives to discuss strategies for effectively engaging and communicating with teachers as they design and implement plans to ensure equitable access to excellent educators.

Hotchkiss is a 2010 Fellow.

HILL RECEIVES TWO APPOINTMENTS

KSTF Senior Fellow Bradford Hill received two appointments in his home state of Oregon. Hill was invited to serve on the Next Generation Science Standards Oregon State Communication Team. He was also appointed to serve as a core member of the STEM Strategic Planning committee for the STEM Investment Council for the Oregon Education Investment Board.

PERALTA CO-FACILITATED PD AT STATEWIDE MATH CONFERENCE

2014 KSTF Teaching Fellow Jessica Peralta co-facilitated a professional development session entitled “Meet All Your Students’ Needs by Using Tiered Instruction to Differentiate” with Dr. Allan Bellman, University of Mississippi, and Stani Schiavone, a pre-service teacher with the University of Mississippi and Oxford High School, at the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2014 Conference. Their session covered ideas for daily assessment, various forms of tiered instruction and flexible groupings, as well as tips for creating multi-tiered materials.

BEANS INVITED TO SPEAK AT TEDX CONFERENCE

2012 KSTF Teaching Fellow Liz Beans was invited to speak at a TEDx conference hosted by students at Summit Preparatory Charter High School, where she teaches. Beans discussed how she uncovered her passion for teaching, while working as a medicinal chemistry researcher at Stanford University. Her speech, Finding Purpose with Passion, can be viewed below.

 

 

 

HOTCHKISS SELECTED AS TEACHPLUS TEACHING POLICY FELLOW

2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow Heather (Moore) Hotchkiss was selected as a 2014–2015 TeachPlus Teaching Policy Fellow. As part of the third cohort of Teaching Policy Fellows in Washington, D.C., Heather will focus attention on issues of teacher preparation and equitable access to effective teachers at the state and federal levels. Read more about Heather on the TeachPlus website.

BARICKMAN NOMINATED TO TEACHER LEADER ACADEMY

Brittney Barickman, 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow, has been selected to participate in a regional Teacher Leader Academy. Brittney was nominated by her principal, along with four other teachers from her school and 20 teachers from her district. Hosted by the Northeastern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program (NNRPDP), the Teacher Leader Academy offers opportunities for the 60 participants in its’ first cohort to learn about instruction, professional growth and leadership via monthly seminars. Additionally, participants will benefit from monthly critical friend group meetings.

2011 TEACHING FELLOW & PLC AWARDED $4000 IN GRANTS

2011 ‪‎KSTF Teaching Fellow Rebecca Selleck and the members of her professional learning community at Cambridge High School (Milton, Ga.) were awarded nearly $4,000 in grants from their Parent Teacher Student Association. The grant funds will be used to purchase water and soil testing supplies for the school’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science program, and various magnets and electrical equipment to improve physical science lessons on electricity and magnetism.

BARLOW ADDED TO COMMUNICATOR EDITORIAL PANEL

2013 KSTF Teaching Fellow Rick Barlow has been added to the editorial panel of ComMuniCator. Published quarterly by the California Mathematics Council, ComMuniCator is a nationally recognized forum for mathematics educators. Effective January 12, 2015, Rick will meet with the editorial panel four times each year to edit and prepare upcoming issues of the publication.

KSTF FELLOWS TO PRESENT TWO SESSIONS AT 2014 NABT CONFERENCE

Three KSTF Fellows will present hands-on workshops at the National Association of Biology Teachers’ 2014 Professional Development Conference, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio from November 12–15. KSTF Senior Fellows Isaac Stewart and Sam Holloway will present a session entitled “Tree-Thinking: A Models-Based Approach to Teaching Evolution.” Additionally, KSTF Senior Fellow Stephen Traphagen will present a session entitled “Student Choice AND Standards! A Reflective Portfolio Aligned to the AP Biology Framework.”