Center Grove Foundation

Fall 2016 Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants

Paideia: Socratic Seminar Training – $1,187.40

Timothy Dooms, North Grove Elementary School

“Mr. Timothy Dooms will attend the Paideia Seminar Institute Training in Asheville, NC in July. Paideia is active learning—fostering critical and creative thinking through Socratic seminar, intellectual coaching, and mastery of information.”

Helping Billy – $600

Mary Irvin, Special Services Program Support 

“We will offer a book study using the book “Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approaching to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom. This book clears the way for a better understanding of the true nature regarding traumatic experiences affecting the brain and learning.”

Choral Conducting with Rodney Eichenberger – $1,840

Elizabeth James, Center Grove Middle School North 

“I will attend the Choral Conductor’s Workshop with Rodney Eichenberger in Alexandria, Virginia. By attending this conference, I will be able to broaden my knowledge of methods that are geared towards motivating my students in ways that are authentically engaging. I will also be volunteering to take part in conducting master classes that will help me learn how to conduct my choirs in ways that help them improve their technical skills.”

Middle School Science: Taking It to The Next Level – $839

Susan Porter, Center Grove Middle School Central 

“The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is hosting an Area Conference in Columbus, OH. The conference sessions are designed to enable educators to become stronger in high-quality science education and STEM initiatives. Subsequently enabling educators to support and engage students in science rigor and innovation.”

Slide Certified – $2,766

Brian Quinlan and Heather Storey, Center Grove Middle School Central

“This is a 2-day conference at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA, March 23-24, 2017. We will have the opportunity to observe the interactive classrooms at RCA. We will observe master educators teaching classes, attend professional development workshops, and
experience school culture, rigor, and student engagement that can be applied to any subject and grade level.”

Making Sense of Math Instruction through Modeling – $5,000

Julie Young, North Grove Elementary School

“In the spring of 2016, a grant for Math Fluency and Problem Solving was awarded and has impacted all five elementary schools through a “train the trainer” model which has provided the potential to improve the math instruction of every K-5 student. Now in the spring of 2017, the Math Workshop professional developers, Ryan and Courtney Flessner, will provide further support to maximize learning by modeling math instruction within classrooms at each elementary building.”

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