What an amazing first day with our 44 STEM campers!
Today they experienced:
Camp Week Launch
A Rover Simulation activity
Biotechnology in a real lab
Environmental Science experiments
Exploring Mars via Virtual Reality
Flying a Drone
Rock wall/basketball/board games
... LOTS of walking
and an incredible lunch & dinner at The Commons
You can scroll through images and videos from today's adventures below.
We will continue to update throughout the week.
The adventure begins tomorrow!!!
Our Cohort 2 Fellows have designed a unique 5-day residential experience for rising 7th to 10th graders on our Demorest campus. Cohort 3 Fellows are assisting with this exciting endeavor as we embark on our
MISSION: LIFE on MARS
Stay tuned for updates and pictures!
These 11 amazing Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows have achieved some remarkable successes in recent weeks. Not only did ALL of them pass edTPA, ALL of them have been offered STEM teaching positions in high needs schools in the state!
Several also presented at the 5th annual Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference (PERC).
Dr. Reuben Gresham, Principal at a fellowship partner school, Lanier High School in Gwinnett County, delivered the keynote address: "Finding Your WHY."
Our metro Atlanta area Fellows had the opportunity to apply for Goizueta Foundation micro-grants to support STEM teaching and learning in their classrooms.
Woodrow Wilson Foundation staff, along with faculty from Georgia Teaching Fellowship Programs are working with Fellows throughout the grant process that will culminate in a Micro-grant Symposium later this spring. Piedmont's own Dr. Teresa Secules is providing support for Fellows to assess the impact of their grant-funded projects!
Images below highlight Fellows' (Derikson Rivera, Leslie Dunham, Tyler Kinner, and Tareha Hopkins) cross-institution work as well as work in their classrooms with grant-funded equipment. More to come!!!
In mid-January, nine administrators from partner districts and beyond engaged in a Mock Interview session with our Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows. In a process much like speed dating, Fellows spent approximately six minutes with each interviewer. This mutually beneficial opportunity gave Fellows experience with interview skills and attending administrators a chance to meet/ recruit these talented secondary math and science teachers-to-be!
Our second cohort of Fellows will complete the program in July and receive certification in either 6-12 Mathematics or 6-12 Broadfield Science. See their profiles HERE.
The Ron Clark Academy is a non-profit 5th-8th school founded by Disney Teachers of the Year Ron Clark and Kim Bearden, the latter a former Cobb County educator. In addition to receiving national acclaim for their success using unconventional teaching methods with high needs students, RCA serves as a demonstration school for public school teachers in Georgia and beyond. Check out the site for additional details.
The Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program provides opportunities throughout the year for our Fellows to visit exemplar schools, career academies, and non-traditional educational facilities across the region as part of our periodic Traveling Tuesday experiences.
Following our visit to RCA - and a stormy lunch at Mellow Mushroom - the Fellows met with Dr. Diane Ray at the PAGE offices for a pre-employment session rife with tips on preparing to interview and for the job of being a Georgia public school educator. All Fellows are required to be student members of either PAGE or GAE.
Fellows will be participating in mock interviews with administrators and human resources personnel from several regional districts on our Demorest campus in early January.
Cohort 2 Fellows experience Breakout EDU
Dr. Randy Hollandsworth, Piedmont College Instructional Technology Coordinator, engaged our Cohort 2 Fellows in a simulated Breakout experience this week where they discovered how to develop and facilitate the popular breakout events being used in k-12 education.
Recently, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation published two videos featuring our Piedmont Cohort 1 Fellows.
The first showcases Daron Martin, a teacher at Lanier High School in Gwinnett County, and includes images of other Cohort 1 Fellows, Daron's Host Teacher, Dr. Margaret Rohrbaugh, and the Fellows working with Piedmont School of Education faculty member, Dr. Candice Southall.
The second features commentary from Curriculum Director, Lynn Rambo and Project Director, Julie Palmour along with clips of our Cohort 1 Fellows, including Leslie Dunham and Tyler Kinner, both teachers at Meadowcreek High School, also in Gwinnett County (note that the featured Fellow in this second video is from Indiana).
Our Cohort 2 Fellows are very busy working in their Host Schools and with Piedmont Faculty as they continue the transformation from STEM experts to STEM professional educators.
Individual stories and highlights will follow but, for now, here's a visual of their myriad experiences this semester!
Check out our Fellows and their amazing Host Teachers below:
This weekend we held commencement exercises and celebrated the graduation of our first cohort of Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows!
In a few short weeks, these amazing STEM professional educators will be working in high needs secondary schools across northern Georgia. Their new schools are fortunate to have them and we can't wait to see the wonderful learning experiences they create with their students this year!
After a busy summer that included: the Foxfire Experience, the Cedar Shoals 9th Grade Transition Academy, science and math content development, introductory labs and explorations with PC faculty, school visits, the Piedmont College STEM Discovery Center Open House, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship National Convening in Detroit, and pairs training with their future host teachers...
Our second cohort of Fellows will begin an intense year of work in their clinical placements. We are thrilled to have this group of STEM professionals on board and look forward to watching them learn and grow as they, too, become STEM professional educators.
Stay tuned for more updates - and guest posts - throughout the year!