The academic, social, and emotional impact from Mrs. Brown's, Mrs. Jeffers', and Ms. Solomon's dedication to creating strong curriculum based learning experiences for all learners is evident each time you go outside and observe classes learning in the Trailblazer Discovery Center. Staff see this team of educators as a resource to enhance their own lesson designs to maximize this space for all learners. Their plan for sustained growth and implementation is resulting in an extended learning environment that is used by all.
Learning is so much more than memorizing facts, and Ms. Pjetrovic's learners have realized it truly is about making an IMPACT. They did not do it for the newspaper article, or the certificates from Smile Train. The learners took a passion for making an impact, and found a way to help others. This learning will last a lifetime, and for that, Ms. Pjetrovic is a SUPER Teacher!
Sam Neal- CHS
I believe it's most telling to listen to learners discuss how empowered they feel in Sam's class. http://samjkneal.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-big-picture-continues-hear-from-my.html
I learn from Sam during every interaction I have with her. She takes on a posture of experimentation daily - risk-taking, questioning, stretching and growing. Her learners are blessed to have an educator who is as innovative as she is. This learning experience is one that the learners are sure to remember for years to come - true transfer has taken place. Finally, I think it is important to note that this unit could have been nominated in each of the three domains provided. Please award Sam with this much deserved award - after all, what is recognized is repeated.
April Owen- Mockingbird
Mrs. Owen was teaching a math lesson on February 22, 2016. Learners were engaged and able to share their goals and explain what they were working on. Learners worked in a number of flexible spaces including the hallway, on the floor, and at tables.
Jodie Deinhammer (CMS East) /Sunny Richardson & Gail Cary (CMS West)
Jodie Deinhammer (East) developed the project idea with the Zoo Project and the iBook Sought collaboration between the campuses. Sunny Richardson (West) Collaborated with Jodie regarding the development of science lessons in connection with the Zoo Project. Wrote additional lesson plans for all iWest core content areas with relevance in each subject area. Gail Cary (West) Develop art challenge open to all Art B and Art 1 learners; which culminated in an Art Exhibition at the Dallas Zoo on February 13th & 14th. Art choice and medium was open to learner choice. Jodie Deinhammer developed the idea of the zoo project, Through Their Eyes, Animals of the Dallas Zoo, to challenge learners to deepen their understanding of systems, animal behavior and global impact on species. This idea then developed into a collaboration between CMS East, Coppell iWest and Westlake Academy 7th graders. These educators are fostering internalization of new concepts by making learning relevant to the learners as they create an iBook to publish in the App store. Through the iBook, learners will share with the world their findings, writings, art, designs, etc., and promote conservation; specifically highlighting the endangered and threatened animals of the Dallas Zoo. In Coppell iWest, the 7th grade blended learners at CMS West, Sunny Richardson led the educators to work cross-curricular to make connections between the four content areas as they produced photos, drawings, writings, etc. In Math, learners analyzed diet, comparatively looking at captivity versus in the wild, and produced infographics. In ELA learners created narrative, expository and poetic writings. In TX History learners learned of the native that President Lamar could not catch-the Texas Horned Lizard. Science learners created food webs and additional content for the iBook. This project started with a trip to the Dallas Zoo to obtain original photos taken by the learners, speak with the zookeepers about the endangered and threatened animals, as well as take notes and data from the zoo’s resources. Each school staggered their visit to the Dallas Zoo and shared media files via Schoology and Google Apps.