Picturing America: Principled Dissent and Democratic Practice, a Professional Development Conference for Teachers
“Picturing America: Principled Dissent and Democratic Practice” is a new professional development program for middle- and high-school teachers of history and/or social studies at "Picturing America" schools. We gratefully acknowledge support for this project from the National Endowment for the Humanities "Picturing America" initiative. This new initiative from NEH brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of art.
Leaders for Teacher Preparing Schools
The Leaders for Teacher Preparing Schools (LTPS) project was funded through the Department of Education's School Leadership Program and led by the Goodlad Institute's director, Dr. Bellamy. The project aimed to improve principal leadership nationally for teacher-preparing schools that serve high-need communities through a series of professional development programs and short intensive workshops.
The LTPS project allowed the Goodlad Institute and the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) to offer a year-long professional development program for principals of schools that work in partnership with universities to prepare new teachers in NNER settings. The project also supported three cohorts of teacher leaders from partner schools as they worked toward principal certification.
LTPS provided a renewed focus on the critical role of principals in the simultaneous renewal of schools and the education of educators. A total of 45 principals and 36 teacher leaders participated in these programs, and most are continuing to provide important leadership in the schools and districts within NNER partnerships.
In partnership with the NNER, the Goodlad Institute expects to sustain the LTPS project's impact and continue to stimulate discussion and support of school leadership as a continued focus in NNER meetings and programs.
Math 2.0: Teaching Math in a Technical World
The Math 2.0: Teaching Math in a Technical World (TMTW) project is an innovative program designed to enhance mathematics instruction with new emerging interactive technology. Assistant Professor of Education Robin Angotti, Ph.D., received $660,220 from the Higher Education Coordinating Board to fund this three-year project built upon an award-winning professional development program coordinated by the North Central Educational Service District’s Mathematics Leadership Alliance.
The goal of TMTW is to help educators harness new online technologies and mathematics software to teach students math, particularly in grades 6 through 10, a critical time for laying the foundation for readiness for college-level learning. Technological tools appeal to 21st century learners and may pique their interest in mathematical concepts leading to motivation, engagement and success in higher-level mathematics. Of special interest is creating effective instruction for English language learners and students of low socioeconomic status. Teachers will be taught how to foster mathematical discourse by using Web 2.0 tools (i.e. blogs, online journals, and wikis) and other nontraditional communication strategies.
The project is funded by a grant authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education and Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board.