A Global Conversation on Teacher Appreciation
Next Wednesday, May 1st at 9PM EDT/6PM PST, join us for a LIVE Google Hangout sharing session as #PTchat discusses ideas on how we can appreciate and recognize today's teachers on a daily basis throughout the school year by default. Instead of waiting until Teacher Appreciation Week to take place each May, we will harness the "global room" to embed new and successful ideas and strategies into practices from day one.
As we've learned, Finland does a exemplary job in recognizing its teachers on a daily basis with trust, respect and autonomy. For this discussion, our LIVE video guests will include the #PennFinn13 nine who are just back from Finland. Edutopia blogger and school leader Joe Mazza will moderate this LIVE discussion as we spend time planning for the 13-14 school year with teacher appreciation at the heart of discussion.
Join us next Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9PM EDT / 6PM PST for Edutopia's LIVE Parent-Teacher Chat via Google Hangout. We'll use hashtag #ptchat during our conversation to backchannel the conversation, ideas and resources shared.
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Second Inter-American School Leadership Conference
Inter-American Educational Leadership Network’s co-director Mike Johanek, along with other GSE members are currently working, in alliance with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in the organization of the second Inter-American Conference of School Leadership and Management. The first version of this conference was conducted last January with the participation of Penn GSE’s Andy Porter, Stanton Wortham and Mike Johanek. This second version will be held in Santiago, Chile between January 7th and 9th of 2013.
Mid-Career in the News
Mid-Career in Phi Delta Kappan's November Issue: Cohort 5 alum, Wil Parker, Andrea Danial, David Jasin, Marilyn Tinari, Carol Baker, Anne Catena, Jerry Jellig, Karen Kolsky, and Karen Beckford-Bennett, and Carl Atkinson (cohort 7) gathered last spring to discuss current challenges facing educational leaders today around issues of teacher quality and evaluation. Jonathan Wallace, an editor at Penn's Graduate School of Education, captured the important perspectives and insights shared at this meeting. View the article here .
Congrats to Patricia Melton from Cohort 6 on becoming the new Executive Director of New Haven Promise:
Joe Mazza, from Cohort 9, works to engage the North Penn community via social media:
Mid Career Accomplishments
Congrats to T.J. Locke (cohort 1) who will return to the Philadelphia area as head of Episcopal Academy after serving as Head of School in an independent school in New Orleans since 2007.
Congrats to Deborah Gist, (cohort 8) Rhode Island State Commissioner, who was a winner of the Brian Bennett Education Warrior Awards, announced by Democrats for Education
Congrats to Charlene Reid, Head of School at the Bronx Charter School and Tony Sinanis, Principal at the Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, NY (both cohort 11) whose schools both received the National 2012 Blue Ribbon Awards!
Congrats to Joe Mazza (cohort 9) who was recognized among the top 20 Education Twitterers in the country at the Bammy Awards in DC.
Congrats to Marjorie Brown-Anfelouss (cohort 7) who is principal of The PEARLS Hawthorne School which recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by Arne Duncan on September 7th, 2012.
Congrats to Tom Maridada (cohort 5) who will speak at the North Carolina Education Summit on School and Community Engagement on September 26th. Tom, now at the Children's Defense Fund in DC, accomplished much as superintendent of Pontiac schools outside Detroit, Michigan.
Congrats to Juliette Pennyman, who is now the Chief of Schools for Rochester City Schools in New York.
Congrats to Jeff Rhodes (cohort 11) who is the recipient of the Charles R. Foster scholarship for full time graduate students from Phi Delta Kappa. In addition, the school where Jeff is the principal, Sligo Middle School in MD, just received a $ 4000 dollar grant from the Conflict Resolution Center to implement a school wide conflict resolution program.
Congrats to Sharon Ravitch who received a renewal of the grant awarded by the CISA Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Division to fund two additional years of her team’s research in Nicaragua.
Congrats to Diane Waff who received supplemental funding for a Learning Sciences Research Institute mini-grant from The National Writing Project.
Publications by Mid-Career Faculty, Alumni, and Students
Robert McGarry (cohort 4) authored a chapter called "Educators as allies in support of LGBTQ students and families" in a book called Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth and Families, E. Fisher, & K. Komosa- Hawking (Ed). (2013) Routledge.