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EXCEPTIONAL TEAM AWARD: Markham Middle School MESA Advisors (April 7, 2014)
Going the distance, Philip Gerlach and Oscar Espinoza at Markham Middle School coached their students to a win in the 2013 MESA National Engineering Design Competition. However, this is not everything that the teacher team has done for students: “Our team works by finding areas of student interest and then we strive to build opportunities for the students to learn and experience the knowledge first-hand. We work hard and we expect our students to work hard. This is our recipe for success!” Find out how else they transform kids’ lives by clicking the link above.
The South East High School Geometry team has been hard at work on their mini-grant, titled “CCSS Geometry Curriculum Extension for Trigonometry & Statistics Assessment/Writing.” This project is the second mini-grant they have received from the SIG Office, with the first one focusing on piloting four separate projects and supporting lessons integrating the Common Core State Standards. Any SIG team is eligible to submit a mini-grant application for up to $10,000, and projects have ranged from professional development, parent engagement, dropout prevention, and afterschool mentoring program. Click on the link above to learn more about the SEHS Geometry team's work and for more information about the min-grant application.
EXCEPTIONAL TEAM AWARD: East Valley High School English Department (February 26, 2014)
Congratulations to the English Department at East Valley High School, winners of the first Exceptional Team Award in 2013-14. Says Kathryn Gullo, Department Chair, "At the end of Spring 2012, during a department meeting, we looked around and realized, it was time for a change. We were aware that the Common Core Standards would prompt a new way of working and, having analyzed the data, the department realized that we needed to build a collaborative, consensus-driven model." Winners receive up to $10,000 towards supplemental materials, supplies, and PD time/ opportunities. Click the picture above to learn more about the team's transformation and the process for nominating a team for this award.
The School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC) is a key element in the U.S. Department of Education’s effort to provide support to state, district, and school leaders working to turn around the nation’s lowest-achieving schools. The site offers a wide range of resources and tools enabling users to share school turnaround practices and lessons learned to strengthen teaching and learning for all schools.This weeks newsletter features: A webinar about leadership traits associated with student success, hosted by the National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP). New resources, an archived webinar, and blog posts about personalized learning through The Journeys Project.