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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.

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.

SENIOR FELLOW NAMED BETTERLESSON MASTER TEACHER

Jessica Uy is a geometry teacher at Fremont High School, located in Sunnyvale, Calif. She has been named a BetterLesson Master Teacher, based upon her math knowledge, her ability to illuminate math for students and the leadership she exhibits in her school and community. BetterLesson was founded by public school teachers from Atlanta and Boston to connect educators and help them create, organize, and share their curricula, particularly innovative content and practices.

2009 FELLOW TWICE NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Kirstin Milks, a 2009 Fellow, was awarded the Air Force Association’s (AFA) 2013 Chapter and Indiana Teacher of the Year Award!

BORISH CHOSEN TO CHAIR MATH DEPARTMENT

Greg Borish, a 2008 Teaching Fellow, has been elected to serve as the 2013–2014 Mathematics Department Chair for Hart High School, located in Newhall, Calif.

GLEN BOTHA DEVELOPS AWARD-WINNING EDUCATION APP

Teacher Aide Pro is an Android app that assists teachers with taking attendance, maintaining a gradebook and more. KSTF Senior Fellow Glen Botha developed this app, which was awarded second place in the Best Education App category in the 5th Annual BestAppEverAwards for Android competition.

HENNESSEY RECEIVES BORCHARDT AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Margaret Hennessey, a mathematics teacher at the Durham School of the Arts, was selected as one of 10 North Carolina public school teachers to receive a Borchardt Award. The award provides funding for participation in a professional development program entitled India: A Study in Contrasts. Organized by the University of North Carolina’s Center for International Understanding, the program allowed participants to explore the historical, political, and socio-cultural dimensions of technological innovation during a 14-day study trip which took place in India in July 2013. In addition to visiting schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, and cultural and historic sites, participants explored global challenges with implications for both India and North Carolina. Hennessey is a 2011 KSTF Teaching Fellow.