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.
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.
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.
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.”
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2014, KSTF Senior Fellow Alexandra Fuentes was profiled by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Click here to learn about what sparked her passion for teaching and what keeps her passion ignited.
KSTF Senior Fellow Kirstin Milks received a 2014 Yale Educator Award. Selected from more than 300 nominees from 39 states and 20 countries, Kirstin is one of 54 teachers to be recognized as an outstanding educator. Read on to find out more about the award and why Kirstin was selected.
Matthew McCollum, 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was awarded a 2014 Excellence in Teaching Science Award from the University of Alabama’s (UA) Office of Research in Teaching. Click here to read more about the selection process and why he was chosen. Additionally, he received the E. Scott Barr Teaching Award at UA’s 2014 High School Physics Contest. Each year, this award is given to an outstanding high school physics teacher during the afternoon awards ceremony.