SANDERS AWARDED A ROWLAND FELLOWSHIP

Knowles Senior Fellow Rachel Sanders and her colleague, Laszlo Bardos, were named 2016 Rowland Fellows. Grants of up to $100,000 are awarded to Fellows’ schools for the implementation of a vision to transform an aspect of the school that will positively impact its culture and climate.

During the 2016–2017 academic year, Rachel and Laszlo used support from the Rowland Foundation to work with staff at their school, Rivendell Academy, on the implementation of Critical Explorations, a philosophy and pedagogical approach that positions students as active drivers of classroom conversation and ideas, and teachers as facilitators who strive to elicit student thinking and pull in all learners.

Learn more about Rachel and her work

PIENTA AND VANHALA AWARDED PROJECT KINDLE FELLOWSHIPS

2014 Knowles Teaching Fellows Susan Pienta and Michelle Vanhala were named as 2017 Project Kindle Fellows. The two were of a group of 16 teachers selected to take part in Earthwatch expeditions alongside world-class scientists, where they collected data connected to some of the world’s most pressing research questions in climate change, ocean health, wildlife and ecosystems, and archaeology. As part of the Fellowship, Susan and Michelle were trained to lead a group of their students on an Earthwatch expedition in 2018 or 2019.

Read about Project Kindle Fellowships

HAWTHORNE CERTIFIED AS GOOGLE EDUCATOR

Knowles Senior Fellow Sarah Hawthorne became a Level 1 Google Certified Educator in November 2016. Through the associated training, she became familiar with various Google tools and how to integrate them in the classroom.

Learn about Google Educator Certification

MYERS RECEIVED ECOLAB GRANT

2013 Knowles Teaching Fellow Justine Myers received a grant from the EcoLab Foundation that she used to purchase more than $3,000 worth of Vernier probes that enabled her biology and aquatic science students to engage in hands-on labs.

O’HARA CO-AUTHORED JOURNAL ARTICLE

An article co-written by Knowles Senior Fellow Casey O’Hara—Aligning Marine Species Range Data to Better Serve Science and Conservation—was published in PLOS ONE, a multidisciplinary, open access journal on May 3, 2017.

Read The Article

BROWN RECOGNIZED AS UNSUNG HERO

2014 Knowles Teaching Fellow Carly Brown was recognized as an Unsung Hero by St. Michael’s College in May 2017. Carly was nominated by a former student and was cited as being instrumental in their success.

See the list of Unsung Heroes

CONNER NAMED 2017 NAEd/SPENCER DISSERTATION FELLOW

Kimberly Conner, a Knowles Senior Fellow, was awarded a 2017 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. She was one of 35 dissertation fellows—selected from a pool of roughly 500 applicants—who received $27,500 for a period of up to two years to complete research and attend professional development retreats. “The NAEd/Spencer Fellowship Programs not only promote important research, but also help to develop the careers of scholars who demonstrate great promise for making significant contributions to education,” stated NAEd President Dr. Michael Feuer.

Read more about Kimberly and her research

STATE APPOINTED WASC SELF-STUDY COORDINATOR

During the 2016–2017 academic year, 2012 Knowles Teaching Fellow Sophie State served as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) self-study coordinator for Westlake High School. In preparation for an October 2017 visit, she involved all stakeholders in evaluating the school’s program and its impact on student learning relative to certain criteria. Additionally, Sophie trained a team of 12 to lead monthly focus groups on various topics to gather data for the final report. Further, she was responsible for coordinating the creation of the final report, preparing all teachers for the visit, and coordinating the visit of this accrediting body.

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT ASCENT TEAM RECEIVED AWARD

The Project ASCENT team from Westfield High School—Cortlyn Bristol, Mary Constantino, Jessica Finley and Rory McGlinnen—received a Team Excellence Award in Growth from Fairfax County Public Schools. This team is leveraging improvement science to close the achievement gap between English Language Learners and general education population biology students at their school. To tackle this issue, they developed a five-station Blended Learning Lab (BLL) model that requires students to use various learning skills required to be successful science learners. BLLs contain highly structured activities that require students to access information independently and/or collaboratively, rather than through direct instruction. One year after implementation, the test scores of affected ELL students increased by 6%. Originally intended to impact only one classroom of 30 students, six teachers at their school also used their model.

VANHALA ACCEPTED IN SECOND MEA CARBON TIME NETWORK

Carbon: Transformations in Matter and Energy (Carbon TIME) is a National Science Foundation-funded program that offers publicly available teaching units, teacher professional development, and teacher networks based in local education agencies. Michelle Vanhala, a 2014 Knowles Teaching Fellow, was selected as a participant in the second cohort of the Michigan Education Association‘s (MEA) Carbon TIME program. For  two years, she explored how to engage her students in science practices with 11 other middle and high school teachers in the state.

O’BRYAN RECOGNIZED FOR ENCOURAGING WOMEN IN COMPUTING

The fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC) ceremony, recognized 2012 Knowles Teaching Fellow Kaitie O’Bryan  in the educator honorable mention category. Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), Kaitie was recognized for her demonstrated commitment to encouraging young women’s aspirations in computing. Specifically, she taught the first computer science course to 20 students at her school in 2015. One year later, more than 100 students have been impacted by the program. Read more.

ELLIS NAMED EDUCATOR OF EXCELLENCE

2014 Knowles Teaching Fellow Timothy Ellis was named Washburn Rural High School’s Educator of Excellence for the fall 2016 semester. Students submit nominations for this award, which recognizes one teacher per semester for their efforts towards making a positive impact on the lives of the students.

STAMBACH NOVEL RECEIVED ALEX AWARD

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, the debut novel by Knowles Senior Fellow Scott Stambach, received a 2017 Alex Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, gives this award annually to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. Read more about the award: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/alex-awards

JOHNSON ACHIEVED NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION

Knowles Senior Fellow Kelsey Johnson—an engineering design, programming and AP Computer Science teacher at Academy of Engineering and Aerospace at Erie High School (CO)—achieved National Board Certification in December 2016. She is one of 533 teachers to achieve certification following revisions to the certification process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

National Board Certification is an advanced credential developed for and by teachers. To achieve certification, candidates must submit a reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documentation of the impact of assessment and collaboration on student learning. Additionally, candidates must successfully complete an assessment of content knowledge.

Read more about National Board Certification

WILD CO-AUTHORED BOOK

Knowles Senior Fellow Andrew Wild co-wrote Arguing From Evidence in Middle School Science: 24 Activities for Productive Talk and Deeper Learning. The book is available on Amazon.  

DARNALL NAMED PRESIDENTIAL AWARDEE

On August 22, 2016, Knowles Senior Fellow Laura Darnall was named one of two recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching for the state of Tennessee. As a Presidential awardee, Darnall will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science
Foundation. Additionally, she was recognized at an awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on September 8, 2016. Read more about the award in a White House press release.

MILLER FEATURED IN APS PUBLICATION

2012 Knowles Teaching Fellow Kate Miller was featured in Physics in Your Future, a publication of the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, a committee of the American Physical Society. Kate states, teaching is “just as rigorous, challenging and tiring as any other options a physicist has in front of them.” Read her full profile in the booklet.

WILD CO-AUTHORED JRST ARTICLE

Knowles Senior Fellow Andrew Wild co-authored an article titled, “The Development and Validation of a Learning Progression for Argumentation in Science.” The article was published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching online on April 3, 2016. Access the article here.

GOLDBERG AWARDED MINI STEAM GRANT

2014 Knowles Teaching Fellow Margot Goldberg was awarded a fall 2015 Pittsburgh Public Schools Mini STEAM grant. The $2,400 grant will be used to fund the purchase of WiFi-enabled digital microscopes and art supplies that will be used by her students to create original artwork out of microscopic images.

NEAL NAMED MOMATH SONG CONTEST WINNER

BOTHA WON AGAIN WITH EDUCATION APP

Teacher Aide Pro is an Android app that assists teachers with taking attendance, maintaining a gradebook and more. Teacher Aide Pro, developed by Knowles Senior Fellow Glen Botha, received first place in the Best Education App category in the 7th Annual BestAppEverAwards for Android competition.

BUSKIRK APPOINTED TO COMMON CORE TASK FORCE

Knowles Senior Fellow Heather Buskirk was appointed to the Common Core Task Force established by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Announced on September 28, 2015, the Task Force is composed of a “diverse and highly-qualified group of education officials, teachers, parents, and state representatives from across New York.” The Task Force “is charged with comprehensively reviewing and making recommendations to overhaul the current Common Core system” and the way the state tests its students. Read more about the Task Force or review its final report.

HILL RECOGNIZED AS PRESIDENTIAL AWARDEE

WILD CO-AUTHORED JOURNAL ARTICLE

Knowles Senior Fellow Andrew Wild co-authored an article entitled, “Beyond Construction: Five Arguments for the Role and Value of Critique in Learning Science.” The article was published in the International Journal of Science Education online on May 18, 2015. Access the article here.

NUTTER ELECTED TO LEAD STAFF ADVISORY COUNCIL

T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. elected 2010 Knowles Teaching Fellow Laura Nutter to serve as the chairperson of the Staff Advisory Council during the 2015–2016 academic year. She led the 20-member group as they met with school administration on a monthly basis to discuss questions and concerns.

HANZLICK-BURTON RECEIVED 2015 OUTSTANDING NEW BIOLOGY TEACHER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Camden Hanzlick-Burton, a 2012 Knowles Teaching Fellow, was named winner of the 2015 Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award sponsored by Pearson, the Neil A. Campbell Educational Trust and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). This award recognizes outstanding teaching (grades 7–12 only) by a “new” biology/life science instructor within his/her first three years of teaching who developed an original and outstanding program or technique, and made a contribution to the profession at the start of his/her career. Hanzlick-Burton—a biology teacher at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas—received a travel fellowship and recognition plaque presented at the 2015 NABT Professional Development Conference, and a complimentary one-year NABT membership. His win marks the fifth consecutive year that a Knowles Teaching Fellow was recognized in this capacity.

HANZLICK-BURTON NAMED 2015 OUTSTANDING BIOLOGY TEACHER FOR THE STATE OF KANSAS

Camden Hanzlick-Burton, 2012 Knowles Teaching Fellow, was named 2015 Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Kansas. Administered by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers (KABT), the award is given to an outstanding biology teacher (grades 7–12) in each of the 50 states. Candidates are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and student-teacher relationships. Hanzlick-Burton was recognized at the NABT National Conference Honors Luncheon. He received a complimentary one-year NABT membership, gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, resources from other sponsors, a trophy to display in his classroom, and a certificate for his school to display. Read the press release issued by the Olathe (KS) School District to learn more about why Camden was selected.

Hanzlick-Burton (center) is shown with Kelley Tuel, KABT Awards Committee Chairperson (left), and Gwen Poss, Olathe Northwest Principal (right).

HOLCOMB AWARDED STEM TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP

2014 Knowles Teaching Fellow John Holcomb was awarded the 2015 MG Eugene C. Renzi Memorial Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Teacher Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by ManTech International Corporation through the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) in honor of Gene Renzi, an inspirational and beloved ManTech leader. Holcomb used the scholarship to purchase chemicals and other lab equipment bringing chemistry to life for his students at Chicago-based ASPIRA Early College High School.

PERALTA NAMED FIRST YEAR TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to 2014 Knowles Teaching Fellow Jessica Peralta, who was named 2015 First Year Teacher of the Year by the Oxford School District. Peralta teaches mathematics at Oxford High School in Oxford, Miss. Read more about this special recognition.

36TH ANNUAL ETHNOGRAPHY IN EDUCATION FORUM

On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, Jeanne Vissa and Roseanne Rostock‪‎Knowles Science Teaching Foundation 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.”

WATSON SELECTED AS 2015 ROWLAND FELLOW

The Rowland Fellowship offers a unique 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. Knowles Senior Fellow Anne Watson was selected as a 2015 Rowland Fellow. Her proposal to create a public boarding program at Montpelier High School advanced with a $100,000 grant from the Rowland Foundation. As a Rowland Fellow, Watson took a sabbatical from the classroom in the fall of 2015, allowing time for the development of an action plan for her proposal. In the spring of 2016, she returned to her classroom with a reduced course load, allowing for further work on the boarding program.

CLAUSEN COACHED IB STUDENTS TO SUCCESS

The Robert E. Lee High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Environmental Systems and Societies students of 2010 Knowles 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.

MCCOLLUM NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Matthew McCollum, 2010 Knowles 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.

HOTCHKISS SPOKE ON ENGAGEMENT PANEL

On Feb. 4, 2015, 2010 Knowles Teaching Fellow Heather Hotchkiss served 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 took place at a two-day meeting of state teams and regional comprehensive center staff. The meeting focused on ensuring equitable access to excellent educators. In addition to speaking on the panel, Hotchkiss met 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.

HILL RECEIVED TWO APPOINTMENTS

Knowles Senior Fellow Bradford Hill received two appointments in his home state of Oregon. Hill was invited to serve on the Next Generation Science Standards Oregon State Communication Team. He was also appointed to serve as a core member of the STEM Strategic Planning committee for the STEM Investment Council for the Oregon Education Investment Board.

PERALTA CO-FACILITATED PD AT STATEWIDE MATH CONFERENCE

2014 Knowles 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.

BEANS INVITED TO SPEAK AT TEDX CONFERENCE

2012 Knowles 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 here.

HOTCHKISS SELECTED AS TEACHPLUS TEACHING POLICY FELLOW

2010 Knowles 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 focused attention on issues of teacher preparation and equitable access to effective teachers at the state and federal levels. Read more about Hotchkiss on the TeachPlus website.

BARICKMAN NOMINATED TO TEACHER LEADER ACADEMY

Brittney Barickman, 2010 Knowles Teaching Fellow, was selected to participate in a regional Teacher Leader Academy. Barickman 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 benefited from monthly critical friend group meetings.

2011 TEACHING FELLOW & PLC AWARDED $4000 IN GRANTS

2011 ‪‎Knowles 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 were 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.

BARLOW ADDED TO COMMUNICATOR EDITORIAL PANEL

2013 Knowles Teaching Fellow Rick Barlow was 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 began meeting with the editorial panel four times each year to edit and prepare upcoming issues of the publication.

KNOWLES FELLOWS PRESENTED TWO SESSIONS AT 2014 NABT CONFERENCE

Two Knowles Fellows presented hands-on workshops at the National Association of Biology Teachers’ 2014 Professional Development Conference, held in Cleveland, Ohio from November 12–15. Knowles Senior Fellow Isaac Stewart presented a session entitled “Tree-Thinking: A Models-Based Approach to Teaching Evolution.” Additionally, Knowles Senior Fellow Stephen Traphagen presented a session entitled “Student Choice AND Standards! A Reflective Portfolio Aligned to the AP Biology Framework.”

FUENTES WHITE HOUSE FEATURE

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2014, Knowles 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.

KIRSTIN MILKS RECEIVED YALE EDUCATOR AWARD

Knowles 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  recognized as an outstanding educator. Read on to find out more about the award and why Kirstin was selected.

MCCOLLUM RECEIVED TWO AWARDS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Matthew McCollum, 2010 Knowles 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, McCollum 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.

BOTHA WON SECOND AWARD FOR EDUCATION APP

Teacher Aide Pro 2, an app designed by Knowles Senior Fellow Glen Botha, was named Best Education App in the 6th Annual BestAppEverAwards for Android competition. Teacher Aide Pro 2, the professional version of the 2nd edition of Teacher Aide Pro, helps teachers take attendance, maintain a grade book and more.

Additionally, Teacher Aide Pro 2 was featured along with 16 other teacher apps on the Google Play Store, under the “Apps for Teachers & Educators” category.

SNODGRASS NAMED 2014 NABT OUTSTANDING NEW BIOLOGY TEACHER

Helen Snodgrass, a 2010 Knowles Teaching Fellow, was named a winner of the 2014 Outstanding New Biology Teacher award sponsored by Pearson, Ken-A-Vision and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). This award recognizes outstanding teaching (grades 7–12 only) by a “new” biology/life science instructor within his/her first three years of teaching who developed an original and outstanding program or technique, and made a contribution to the profession at the start of his/her career.

Snodgrass, a biology teacher at YES Prep North Forest, received a recognition plaque at the NABT Professional Development Conference, along with a microscope and a complimentary one-year NABT membership. Her win marks the fourth consecutive year that a Knowles Teaching Fellow was recognized in this capacity.

O’HARA SELECTED AS 2014 AAAS MASS MEDIA FELLOW

Knowles Senior Fellow Casey O’Hara was selected as a 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Sciences(AAAS) Mass Media Fellow. This 10-week summer program places science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations across the country. During the fellowship, AAAS Mass Media Fellows draw upon their academic training to research, write and report news headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. Please read the AAAS announcement to learn more about the program and why O’Hara was selected.

BRADFORD HILL AWARDED $9,000 MURDOCK GRANT

Knowles Senior Fellow Bradford Hill completed the Murdock Partners in Science Program, which involved doing scientific research on astronomical digital cameras in a physics lab at Portland State University. He started the program in summer 2012 and completed it in January 2014, when he presented at the Murdock National Conference. Following completion of the program, he was awarded a $9,000 grant that will allow his freshman physics students to conduct similar research. Bradford used the funds to purchase educational cameras that his students assembled and used to engage in real-world inquiry and engineering.

9 KNOWLES FELLOWS ACCEPTED INTO AP BIOLOGY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The below list of Knowles Fellows were accepted into the third cohort of the AP Biology Leadership Academy, run by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS). The NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy is a two-year professional development program designed to develop a new generation of leaders in biology education.

TWO SENIOR FELLOWS NAMED 2014 NY STATE MASTER TEACHERS

Knowles Senior Fellows Heather Buskirk and Derek Pope were named 2014 New York State Master Teachers. The New York State Master Teacher Program identifies, rewards and supports master teachers throughout New York State. As New York State Master Teachers, Heather and Derek engaged in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, and worked closely with pre-service and early-career educators to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers. Each received a $15,000 stipend per year for four years for their participation in the program. Heather is a physics teacher in the Greater Johnstown School District (Mohawk Region) and Derek is a math teacher in the Commack Union Free School District (Long Island Region).

LEE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS VISITED PORT ISOBEL

In fall 2013, Robert E. Lee High School Teacher and 2010 Knowles Teaching Fellow Rachel Clausen was awarded one of 75 Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants, sponsored by State Farm in partnership with Youth Service America(YSA). As part of YSA’s Semester of Service program, the competitive grant was used to support an extended service and learning framework that allowed Rachel’s students to address real-world problems in their community through connecting service activities. From March 10–12, 2014, Rachel and 13 of her IB environmental systems and societies students visited a residential education center on Port Isobel, a 250-acre island east of Tangier Island.

While at Port Isobel, the students participated in various field investigations designed to foster stewardship for the Chesapeake Bay. This experience culminated with the students sharing their learnings with local elementary and middle school students at the school’s Community Science Day, on May 31, 2014. Read more about this adventure in an article written by Janelle Germanos of the Springfield Connection.

PASQUALIN AWARDED GRANT THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

Knowles Senior Fellow Jordan Pasqualin, a science teacher at Chicago-based Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy, was awarded a grant for $6,125 from the charitable giving department at Exelon Corporation. The grant was used to support after school robotics enrichment and supplemental materials needed for an engineering class he initiated. This year marked the third year in a row that Pasqualin received a grant from Exelon. Previous grants, awarded in the amount of $5,000 for the 2011–2012 and the 2012–2013 school year, were used to support the school’s FIRST FTC Robotics team, which he founded  in 2010.

HILL WON PHYSICS TEACHING AWARD

Knowles Senior Fellow Bradford Hill won the American Association of Physics Teachers’ 2014 Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching. At the American Association of Physics Teachers’ (AAPT) 2014 Summer Meeting, Hill received a monetary award, an award certificate and a citation. Additionally, his travel expenses to the meeting, where he delivered an address, were covered. Read the press release issued by the AAPT to learn more about why Hill was chosen.

SCHAEFER LED SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES PROJECT

Senior Fellow Patricia Schaefer has been tapped to lead the writing and development of the Southwest Wisconsin Science and Engineering Practices Project. Over three years, this project supported 30 elementary science teachers and led the organization and implementation of grant activities. Funded by a discretionary grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership Program, the project increased the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts.

HILL RACKED UP ACCOLADES

Beaverton, Ore., physics teacher Bradford Hill received several awards and new positions. At the Oregon Science Teachers Association‘s (OSTA) Awards Reception, held on October 24, 2013, Hill was recognized as an Outstanding Classroom Teacher. In November 2013, he was elected President-Elect of the OSTA. Hill has also been named a Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) finalist. The PAEMST are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Most recently, he was named a member of the Oregon Department of Education Science Content and Assessment Advisory Group, where he’ll serve a three-year term.

WAKE FOREST COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER FEATURED IN VIDEO

Mark Hartman, a National Board Certified Teacher, was featured in a video produced by the Wake County Public School System about National Board Certification.

BUSKIRK FEATURED ON PBS AFFILIATE

Knowles Senior Fellow Heather Buskirk was featured in a WMHT segment entitled WMHT Talks Education. In this segment, Buskirk discussed her work with The Learning Project, a new integrated, project-based learning experience for seniors in the Johnstown (NY) School District.  Watch the segment now to learn more about this transformative learning environment.

KNOWLES FELLOWS PRESENTED FOUR SESSIONS AT 2013 NABT CONFERENCE

Three groups of Knowles Fellows presented educational sessions at the National Association of Biology Teachers’ 2013 Professional Development Conference, held in Atlanta, Ga., from November 20–23. 2010 Teaching Fellows Brittany BarickmanRachel Clausen and Helen Snodgrass discussed using the 5 Practices framework to facilitate productive classroom discussions. 2009 Teaching Fellows Kirstin Milks  and Steven Traphagen presented a session on the role student voice plays in engagement and motivation. Additionally, Senior Fellow Jim Lane and 2009 Teaching Fellow Isaac Stewart taught 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

Jim Clark was 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. While remaining in his role as the district science coordinator for San Lorenzo Unified School District in California, Jim will continue to provide support for third and fourth year Teaching Fellows as a Program Officer for Teacher Development, effective September 2017. Previously, he taught biology, AP biology and honors anatomy and physiology at Arroyo High School in the San Lorenzo Unified School District for 32 years. Jim founded the Academy of Health and Medicine, a small learning community at Arroyo, and worked as director for nine years.

KNOWLES STAFF AND FELLOWS ACKNOWLEDGED IN BOOK

Several members of the Knowles community, including both staff and fellows, were mentioned in the acknowledgements section of 5 Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science, a co-publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Press.

BURTON AWARDED AFCEA GRANT

SENIOR FELLOW SELECTED AS PANELIST FOR TEACHER TOWN HALL

Alexandra Fuentes—biology teacher, Knowles Senior Fellow and outspoken teacher advocate—was 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 the summit, “What It Takes,” the discussion focused on what it takes for teachers to be successful in today’s school system. The Teacher Town Hall aired 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 was 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 ELECTED 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.

BOTHA DEVELOPED AWARD-WINNING EDUCATION APP

Teacher Aide Pro is an Android app that assists teachers with taking attendance, maintaining a gradebook and more. Knowles 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.

2009 TEACHING FELLOW JOINED BSCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Stephen Traphagen, a biology teacher at Rolling Meadows High School, was named to the Board of Directors of Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) for a three-year term (June 2013-May 2016). In this capacity, Stephen helped to transform science teaching and learning through research and development.

STAMBACH AWARDED NOYCE FELLOWSHIP

Stambach, a 2009 Knowles Teaching Fellow, was awarded a five-year fellowship with the Noyce Mathematics and Science Master Teaching Fellowship Program at San Diego State University. This fellowship aims to support strong mathematics and science teachers in enriching their practice through engaging with content and students’ thinking. Also, Noyce supports teachers in becoming teacher leaders who then support other pre-service and in-service teachers in their school, district, and region. In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, the fellowship includes a yearly stipend of $10,000 and an iPad.

TWO TEACHING FELLOWS ACCEPTED INTO AP BIOLOGY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Helen Snodgrass, a 2010 Fellow, and Brittany Franckowiak, a 2011 Fellow, were accepted into the second cohort of the AP Biology Leadership Academy run by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS). The NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy is a two-year professional development program designed to develop a new generation of leaders in biology education.

2008 TEACHING FELLOW PICKED FOR I-RISE

Kelsey Johnson, a physical science teacher at George Washington High School, participated in the 2013 Interdisciplinary Research Institute in STEM Education (I-RISE). The event took place at Seattle Pacific University from August 5–20, 2013. I-RISE is a high-intensity summer research experience constructed to act as a hub of collaboration for interdisciplinary research on teacher professional development, conceptual understanding of energy, learning theories, and formative assessment practices.

JENKS TOPPED DISTRICT LIST

London Jenks, a 2009 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was named the 2012–2013 Teacher of the Year by Hot Springs County School District Number 1. In addition to earning this prestigious accolade, he was also in the running for the Wyoming Teacher of the Year Award.

CHIN RECOGNIZED AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Mary Chin, a mathematics teacher and 2012 Knowles Teaching Fellow, was named Mesa Preparatory Academy’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

2009 TEACHING FELLOW STOOD OUT FROM THE CROWD

Physics teacher Laura Darnall was named the 2013 Goodpasture High School Teacher of the Year. Voted on by all of the teachers at the school, only one award is given each year.

PALOMARES RECEIVED YOUNG ALUMNI IN SERVICE AWARD

In June 2013, mathematics teacher Tara Palomares received the Young Alumni in Service Award from her school, Albuquerque Academy. Palomares is a 2011 Knowles Teaching Fellow.

PRITCHETT NAMED EMERGING LEADER BY ASCD

Janae Pritchett, a mathematics teacher at Crested Butte Community School, was selected as part of the ASCD’s  (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) 2013 Class of Emerging Leaders. In its quest to build capacity, ASCD designed the Emerging Leaders program to prepare younger, diverse educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership.

DAVIS NAMED A BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Knowles Senior Fellow Carmen Davis  was selected as a Boston Public School (BPS) Educator of the Year. Along with only 13 other individuals in the district—including other teachers, paraprofessionals and counselors—Davis was recognized at the 13th Annual Boston Educators of the Year ceremony held on June 11, 2013. West Roxbury Transcript, a news source serving West Roxbury, Mass., wrote an article capturing the essence of why Davis is regarded so highly.

STEWART RECEIVED MULTIPLE HONORS

Isaac Stewart, a 2009 Knowles Teaching Fellow, was a winner of the 2013 Outstanding New Biology Teacher award sponsored by Ken-A-Vision and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). This award recognizes outstanding teaching (grades 7-12 only) by a “new” biology/life science instructor within his/her first three years of teaching who developed an original and outstanding program or technique, and made a contribution to the profession at the start of his/her career. Stewart received a recognition plaque at the NABT Professional Development Conference, along with a microscope and a complimentary one-year NABT membership. His win marked the third consecutive year that a Knowles Teaching Fellow was recognized in this capacity. Stewart was also chosen to serve as the Head of the Science Department for Fisher Junior/Senior High School, located in Fisher, Ill. Last, he presented two of his sessions on “Nature in the Classroom” at the 2013 NABT Professional Development Conference, which was held in Atlanta, Ga., in November.   

MILLER TRAVELED TO THE SOUTH POLE

2012 Knowles Teaching Fellow Kate Miller traveled to the Antarctic with Project IceCube in winter 2016. For the last seven years, the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) partnered with Knowles and PolarTREC to send high school math and science teachers to the South Pole to work closely with scientists and engineers on the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. From February 7–12, 2016, Miller attended orientation for her upcoming trip in Fairbanks, Alaska. While there, she tried out special cold weather gear and saw the Northern Lights. To learn more about her trip, please read her journal entries on the PolarTREC website.

Miller is the seventh Knowles Fellow to be involved with the project.

HAWTHORNE JOINED SCHOOL AP TASK FORCE

To study and increase participation of underrepresented students in Advanced Placement (AP) STEM classes, Mountain View High School formed an AP Task Force. Sarah Hawthorne, 2010 Knowles Teaching Fellow and Mountain View teacher, was a member of the AP Task Force. In her role on the AP seminar subcommittee, she designed workshops for students enrolled in STEM AP courses for the first time. Macway delivered a workshop to help new AP students prepare for finals.

GENETICS PROJECT PRESENTED AT GENETICS SOCIETY OF AMERICA CONFERENCE

2012 Teaching Fellow Camden Burton and his biology students at Olathe Northwest High School conducted a genetics project during winter 2013–2014. The primary investigator on the project presented their work at the Genetics Society of America‘s 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, which was held in San Diego from March 26–30, 2014. Read the abstract to learn more about the project.

O’HARA PRESENTED AT 2014 MEETING OF CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE UNIVERSITY

Knowles Senior Fellow Casey O’Hara attended the 2014 Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), which was held March 21–23 at Arizona State University. Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the Clinton Global Initiative, translates practical goals into meaningful and measurable results. CGI U commitments address specific challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas. While at the meeting, Casey spoke about his commitment to developing a network of appropriate technology experts to support STEM teachers in implementing project-based learning around appropriate technology development, which he defines as small-scale technologies—designed in collaboration with a local community in a developing nation or region—that are economically, culturally, and environmentally appropriate to a given community.

STUDENTS PRESENTED STORM WATER PLANS TO TOWN LEADERS

During the fall 2015 semester, the students in Susan Pienta‘s earth and environmental science class explored stormwater management. At the conclusion of the semester, they presented best practices and recommendations for filtering, retaining, and reducing stormwater runoff to district leaders, Town of Queensbury officials and the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District. Read more.

KNOWLES FELLOWS MET WITH COLORADO GOVERNOR

On May 4, 2015, Colorado-based Knowles Fellows, Knowles Executive Director Nicole Gillespie and Knowles President William Rulon-Miller met with Governor John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado to discuss teacher leadership.

2011 TEACHING FELLOW USES WEATHER PATTERNS TO TEACH EARTH MATH

2011 Knowles Teaching Fellow Sheila Orr teaches integrated Earth Math (Earth Science & Algebra 1). To encourage a deeper level of engagement and integration in the unit on severe weather and writing linear equations, she asked her students to make public service announcements (PSA) to be aired on the school’s closed television system. Each student picked a specific type of severe weather and produced a PSA to teach viewers important information, such as how the severe weather type impacts the community and how to stay safe during instances of severe weather. To bring in the mathematical modeling piece, Sheila’s students used high and low pressure data to write an equation that would predict when severe weather could strike in their area.

ORR CO-WROTE CHAPTER IN NEW BOOK

2011 Knowles Teaching Fellow Sheila Orr collaborated with Frances Harper, a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University, to write a chapter in Social Justice, the Common Core, and Closing the Instructional Gap. Their chapter, Algebra and Literacy: A Social Justice Pairing, describes how the two used literacy rates and representation of people of color in children’s books to teach Sheila’s students about variables. The book was published in 2015.

ISHARE WITH GUEST AUTHOR KRISTIN GERMINARIO

2010 Teaching Fellow Kristin Germinario, a biology teacher at Randolph High School (Randolph, N.J.), wrote a piece that was featured in the April 7, 2014 issue of her school’s electronic newsletter. In the piece, she wrote about her collaboration with the school’s instructional coaches to foster literacy in the science classroom. Read Kristin’s newsletter piece.

GRAVES LED STUDENTS IN AIR QUALITY MONITORING PROJECT

2012 Teaching Fellow Ben Graves and his Advanced Placement environmental science students at Paonia High School (Paonia, Colo.) worked with the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) and the Western Slope Conservation Center on a year-long project (2013–2014 school year) designed to evaluate air quality in North Fork Valley. Situated in an area with sparse air quality monitoring, low-cost air quality monitoring stations were installed on the roof of the school to assess the impact of recent oil and gas development. Throughout the year, the students analyzed the collected data. Additionally, they studied a unit on air quality monitoring developed by Graves.

The project was conducted as part of a five-year, $12 million study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and led by CU-Boulder, with involvement from other organizations, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. The study aimed to find ways to maximize oil and gas development while minimizing the impact on the environment and health. It focused on concerns such as air and water quality and the use of hydraulic fracturing.

TEACHING FELLOW PENS OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett visited Philadelphia’s Central High School—where KD Davenport taught—on Friday, January 17, 2014, to congratulate the students on receiving the second highest test scores in the state. Outraged by the budget cuts and educational policies enacted by Governor Corbett, KD and other Central teachers wrote an open letter to the governor. Read the letter to learn more about their specific concerns.

THREE FELLOWS JOINED FORCES TO PRESENT AT NSTA CONFERENCE

2009 Teaching Fellows Tracy SchloemerStephen Traphagen and Kirstin Milks presented at the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) 2013 National Conference, which took place in San Antonio in April. Their session, How Do You Explain the Explanation? Incorporating Claim Evidence Reasoning (CER) into Your Classroom, focused on how to teach students the difference between evidence and reasoning.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET ATTENTION OF NATIONAL POLICY ADVISORS

Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Town, students in his Technology, Engineering and Communications High School (TEC) physics class garnered the attention of national policy advisors. The students reviewed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policy Makers, a document which gathers current research, and is used by decision makers at local, regional, national, and international levels in business and government as they consider changes to policies related to climate change. As initially written, they felt that most readers without expertise in climate science would be unable to understand the document. Their insightful comments were included in the feedback given to the report authors by the state. Read more about their impact.

O’HARA PRODUCED DOCUMENTARY ON SCIENCE EDUCATION

Casey O’Hara, a physics teacher and Knowles Senior Fellow, produced a short documentary which highlights excellent educators inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through creativity, ingenuity and passion. The documentary was created for the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Environmental Filmmaking program.

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR PUBLISHED WELLS’ OP-ED

On May 7, 2013, The Christian Science Monitor published an op-ed written by 2009 Teaching Fellow Lindsay Wells on “Why America’s ‘hacker generation’ can thrive as teachers.” Published on Teacher Appreciation Day, this insightful piece discusses how to keep talented teachers in the classroom.

TRIO OF TEACHING FELLOWS PRESENTED AT NABT CONFERENCE

2010 Knowles Teaching Fellows Rachel ClausenHelen Snodgrass and Brittney Barickman were selected to present their “Five Practices Session” at the 2013 National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference, which was held in Atlanta, Ga., in November.

BLOOMBERG RADIO FEATURED BEE WORK OF TEACHING FELLOW

April 2013, Bloomberg Radio featured Isaac Stewart, a 2009 KSTF Teaching fellow, during their Honor Roll Segment. During the podcast, Isaac discussed how his students are actively designing solutions to current bee colony problems.

MOORE ADVISED IB SCIENCE SHOWCASE

On June 8, 2013, more than 100 junior and senior International Baccalaureate (IB) students from Robert E. Lee High School in Fairfax, Va., participated in the student-organized Lee High School Science Showcase. This event challenged students to share their high-level understanding of a particular science topic with community members—including peers, younger students and guest scientists—in a way that could be easily understood.

Outstanding public relations efforts coordinated by the students drew a large crowd to the showcase. Through exhibits and hands-on demonstrations, the students brought abstract science concepts to life. Kudos to the student participants and their faculty advisor, Heather Moore, a 2010 Knowles Teaching Fellow. See local coverage of the Science Showcase.

KNOWLES SENIOR FELLOW SPENDS SUMMER AT SEA

Rosalind Echols, a physics teacher at the Philadelphia-based Science Leadership Academy, took part in the Teacher at Sea program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In July 2013, she spent 18 days aboard ship Rainier. While on the ship, she mapped the bottom of the ocean and measured the temperature and salinity of the ocean. The students in Echols’ four fall 2013 physics classes had the chance to work with the data she helped to collect. To learn more, please read the Philly.com article written about her trip or visit her personal trip page on the NOAA website.

JOUJAN PUBLISHED MATH CURRICULUM

Alex Joujan—a mathematics teacher at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey—published Summit Math, a 15-book curriculum series. Summit Math covers Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, providing a guided discovery approach that allows students to learn math at different paces. Visit www.summitmathbooks.com to learn more.