On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, Jeanne Vissa and Roseanne Rostock—KSTF Senior Program Officers, Teacher Development—presented two sessions at the 36th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. As part of the forum’s Practitioner Inquiry Day, they presented on “Exploring Teacher Leadership Through Beginning Teachers’ Stories” and “Activity Systems As a Framework for Exploring Teacher Community & Teacher Leadership.”
The Rowland Fellowship offers aunique professional development opportunity for secondary teachers in Vermont. The Rowland Foundation seeks to fund proposals that transform an aspect of the school that will positively impact its culture and climate. KSTF Senior Fellow Anne Watson was selected as a 2015 Rowland Fellow. Her proposal to create a public boarding program at Montpelier High School will advance with a $100,000 grant from the Rowland Foundation. As a Rowland Fellow, Anne will take a sabbatical from the classroom in the fall of 2015, to allow time for the development of an action plan for her proposal. In the spring of 2016, she will return to her classroom with a reduced course load, to allow for further work on the boarding program.
The Robert E. Lee High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Environmental Systems and Societies students of 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow Rachel Clausen were recognized for earning the highest IB test scores in the Fairfax County Public School System during the 2013–2014 academic 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.