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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.

BRADFORD HILL AWARDED $9,000 MURDOCK GRANT

KSTF Senior Fellow Bradford Hill recently completed the Murdock Partners in Science Program, which involved doing actual scientific research on astronomical digital cameras in a physics lab at Portland State University. He started the program in summer 2012 and completed it in January 2014, when he presented at the Murdock National Conference. Following completion of the program, he was awarded a $9,000 grant that will allow his freshman physics students to conduct similar research. Bradford will use the funds to purchase educational cameras that his students will assemble and use to engage in real-world inquiry and engineering.

 

10 KSTF FELLOWS ACCEPTED INTO AP BIOLOGY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The below list of KSTF Fellows were accepted into the third cohort of the AP Biology Leadership Academy, run by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS). The NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy is a two-year professional development program designed to develop a new generation of leaders in biology education.

TWO SENIOR FELLOWS NAMED 2014 NY STATE MASTER TEACHERS

KSTF Senior Fellows Heather Buskirk and Derek Pope were recently named 2014 New York State Master Teachers. The New York State Master Teacher Program identifies, rewards and supports master teachers throughout New York State. As New York State Master Teachers, Heather and Derek will engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, and work closely with pre-service and early-career educators to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers. Each will receive a $15,000 stipend per year for four years for their participation in the program. Heather is a physics teacher in the Greater Johnstown School District (Mohawk Region) and Derek is a math teacher in the Commack Union Free School District (Long Island Region).

LEE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS VISIT PORT ISOBEL

In fall 2013, Robert E. Lee High School Teacher and 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow Rachel Clausen was awarded one of 75 Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants, sponsored by State Farm in partnership with Youth Service America (YSA). As part of YSA’s Semester of Service program, the competitive grant is being used to support an extended service and learning framework that allows Rachel’s students to address real-world problems in their community through connecting service activities. From March 10–12, 2014, Rachel and 13 of her IB environmental systems and societies students visited a residential education center on Port Isobel, a 250-acre island east of Tangier Island. While at Port Isobel, the students participated in various field investigations designed to foster stewardship for the Chesapeake Bay. This experience will culminate with the students sharing their learnings with local elementary and middle school students at the school’s Community Science Day, which will take place on May 31, 2014. Read more about this adventure in an article written by Janelle Germanos of the Springfield Connection.

Photo provided by Rachel Clausen 

JORDAN PASQUALIN AWARDED GRANT THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

KSTF Senior Fellow Jordan Pasqualin, a science teacher at Chicago-based Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy, was awarded a grant for $6,125 from the charitable giving department at Exelon Corporation. The grant is being used to support after school robotics enrichment and supplemental materials needed for an engineering class he initiated. This year marks the third year in a row that he received a grant from Exelon. Previous grants, awarded in the amount of $5,000 for the 2011–2012 and the 2012–2013 school year, were used to support the school’s FIRST FTC Robotics team, which was founded by Pasqualin in 2010.

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.