GCTE Reflection: Being Named Teacher of the Year

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What a weekend! I have been an active member of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) since I was a preservice teacher over twelve years ago, and I have always enjoyed the annual conference the years I have been able to attend. Really, my doctoral pursuits really plugged me back into the organization as well as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). I have presented at both conferences several times in the last five years, but this year was particularly special and was by far my favorite GCTE conference. Continue reading

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See You @ GCTE!

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Just 24 hours before #GCTE2018 begins! As I wrote about in a previous post, I have several of my colleagues presenting this year. I am so proud of them, and I am thankful to call them colleagues and friends. I highly recommend their sessions! It also appears most of my doctoral cohort mates will be at the conference and presenting as well, so I am really looking forward to a reunion with the folks I toiled away with towards our respective doctorates.

My friend and colleague, Glenn Chance, and I will be presenting on leveraging visual literacy tools to aid students understanding and use of author’s purpose–all through the use of Banksy’s art and documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Interested? Stop by and say hi! Below is our session info:

Exiting Through the Gift Shop: Enhancing Non-Fiction Instruction through Banksy, Documentary, and Memoir”  Saturday, February 10 during Breakout session G from 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM in Room D

 

Panelist on P21 Patterns of Innovation Webinar: Distributed Leadership

 

I had the honor and pleasure of acting as a panelist for a webinar yesterday hosted by Partnership 21 (P21) on distributed leadership. P21, while not quite a household name yet, is a large non-profit education organization that partners with schools, industry, and government to support 21st century learning in schools. They have an exemplar program that my school and our cluster of schools were recognized for this past fall.

From their website: “P21’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for 21st century learning by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community, and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.”

The panel is made up of principals of schools who are doing the 21st century learning P21 advocates for, so I was thrilled to be asked to sit on the panel as well to represent what we do in the Lanier School Cluster within Gwinnett County Public Schools. If so inclined, check out the video above, and consider finding a way to get out to Napa for the Patterns of Innovation conference in March. I’ll be there as a presenter. I’m looking forward to meeting my fellow panelist there as well!

GCTE Preview: See You in Athens!

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The Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) conference in Athens, GA is in just a few short weeks, and this year feels particularly special since I have so many of my colleagues presenting this year too. I cannot entirely pinpoint why I wanted to ensure more of the ELA teachers at my school presented this year, but I know part of the inspiration came from the stellar work they were doing. I have always, no matter the setting, worked with phenomenal ELA teachers. My current school is no exception, so when the time came, I sent an email encouraging several of my compatriots to submit a proposal. Thankfully, most all accepted the challenge, submitted a proposal, and were accepted! In today’s post, I will preview many of the presentations/workshops my colleagues and I will be showing on the weekend of February 9 and 10 as well as why you should check them out! For anyone interested, it is not too late to go to GCTE this year. Go here for conference information. Continue reading

Authentic Learning in CTE: An Exercise Physiology Project Launch Combines Content, Data, and Real Athletes

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I have become a bit of a jack of all trades in the last four years, including becoming a career and technical education (CTE) teacher and now department chair. One of my goals this year was to increase my teachers’ capacity for innovative instruction and project-based learning (PBL). While some of my teachers need more traditional support for classroom management and instructional planning, I have several who are wading deep into the PBL waters. One such teacher is one of our health occupations teachers, Mr. S. Mr. S is teaching the third level class of the Healthcare Pathway named Exercise Physiology. The class can end in students achieving national certification as a personal trainer recognized anywhere and certifying them to work in any gym. The work is technical and heavy in vocabulary, jargon, and math, which can be off-putting for students no matter how engaged they are with going into the healthcare field. So Mr. S and I started planning a project that would authenticate the processes and jargon they were learning through application with very real clients–some of the school’s student athletes. Continue reading