I was blown away by the impact of Piedmont Woodrow Wilson Fellows Derikson Rivera and Colin Cederna, along with Fellows from other GA institutions yesterday at the 4th Goizueta Micro-grant Symposium in Atlanta!
Dr. Audra Watson, Director of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships Program welcomed attendees and commended ALL Georgia Fellows for their hard work and dedication to STEM and high needs students. Dr. Sabrina Walthall of Mercer University delivered an inspiring keynote, and Megan Hutchins, Director of the Georgia Woodrow Wilson Goizueta Micro-grant initiative, was honored for her work.
Our Piedmont College Innovation & Discovery Center provides educational support and opportunities through inquiry, collaboration, and leadership serving as a hub for interaction and exploration among STEM and STEAM learners, educators, and partners. The center is currently assisting a local high school student studying the mesohabitat of a recently identified bass species for presentation to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. These opportunities and our annual summer STEM camp introduce and develop project-based learning and place-based education for learners and educators across our northeast Georgia region.
The Piedmont College School of Education is proud to share our successful launch of a STEM Educator Certificate Endorsement Program!
In the vein of our Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, this program seeks to transform P-12 certified educators from grade-level, and in some cases discipline-specific, classroom teachers to STEM educators who demonstrate through their practice, dispositions, skills, and STEM habits of mind.
Through field work, online and face-to-face coursework, collaborative endeavors, and demonstrated application, current candidates in our Piedmont College Georgia STEM Education Endorsement Program pilot are developing as STEM educators who understand STEM teaching and learning is interdisciplinary, a way of thinking, a process, and collaborative; that STEM has a pedagogy, requires cross disciplinary knowledge of content and assessment, and is experiential in nature.
Click HERE for more information about our
STEM Educator Endorsement Program
We’re excited to announce that this cohort will demonstrate the ability to engage P-12 students in authentic STEM learning experiences through our 2019 Summer STEM Camp!
Look for further information on another exciting summer experience full of learning and adventure very soon!
We are proud to announce the publication of the Student Misconceptions in STEM Database!
Under the tutelage of Dr. Teresa Secules, veteran School of Education faculty and integral member of the Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship team, Fellows across all three cohorts worked to compile this tool to assist secondary STEM teachers.
You can access the tool using the link below.
This database consists of student misconceptions in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering fields. Each misconception is explained along with the correct scientific or mathematical understanding. Suggested instructional methods to dispel each misconception are included, as well as pertinent research and resources.
All these misconceptions have been encountered by Piedmont Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows during the course of their teaching in Georgia's public schools. The suggested instructional strategies and resources have been tried in their own classrooms.
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Fellows from all three cohorts attended and presented at our 6th Annual Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference (PERC) on Saturday, March 24th. Fellows' contributions to scholarship and practice included the following topics:
Dr. Tommy Welch, Principal of Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County and Georgia Secondary Principal of the Year delivered the keynote address.
Dr. Mary Bradbury-Bailey, Science Department Chair at Cedar Shoals High School and Woodrow Wilson faculty member received the Friend of Education Award, presented by Dr. Don Gnecco, Dean of the Piedmont College School of Education.
Dr. Julie Palmour (PC Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship Project Director) and Dr. Randy Hollandsworth (Instructional Technology Program Coordinator and Woodrow Wilson faculty) assembled a JellyBox 3D printer with the assistance of Joe Marshall (Cohort 1) and Valerie Brown (Cohort 1).
Our Fellows are truly AMAZING!!!
It's that time of the year when school systems are actively looking for the BEST and BRIGHTEST to join their faculties and serve students across Georgia. Secondary Science and Mathematics teachers are in high demand and, as some of the most desirable candidates, our Piedmont Woodrow Wilson Fellows had the opportunity to get some practice honing their interview skills and meet potential employers at our annual Mock Interviews early this month.
The process was a bit like "speed dating" where Fellows sat down for 7 minutes with each interviewer, then rotated to meet with another. Clarke, Cobb, Habersham, Hall, Gwinnett, and White County school districts were represented along with some Piedmont faculty who lent their expertise.
Fellows are currently busy completing edTPA, building comprehensive portfolios to demonstrate their readiness to become professional STEM educators. If you know any of these amazing Piedmont Fellows, pat them on the back for their hard work!
The cohort is also beginning to plan for this summer's third annual Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson STEM Camp... stay tuned for more information! Click HERE to see some memories from last summer's camp.
We're very proud of this amazing group of
soon-to-be high school STEM teachers :)
Our Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program operates through a year-long clinical experience based on a co-teaching model. You can read more about the benefits below.
We've gathered our own data from all three cohort pairs and presented at the recent National Conference on Co-Teaching in Minnesota... More on that later because the purpose of this post is to Share the Pairs who have been working together in the classroom since the start of this school year.
Below you'll see our Cohort 3 Fellows alongside their host co-teachers. If someone you're looking for is missing... stay tuned! A couple more will be added soon.
Dr. Randy Hollandsworth, Piedmont College Instructional Technology Coordinator, engaged our Cohort 3 Fellows in a simulated Breakout experience using Breakout EDU this week where they discovered how to develop and facilitate breakout events in K-12 education.
Cohort 2 PC Woodrow Wilson Fellows Graduate