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Barksdale, Mary Alice
  • Project ESTEEM: Collaboration between Virginia Tech, Radford University, the Christiansburg Institute, and Montgomery County Schools (Christiansburg Primary School specifically).  Approximately 10 families participate in the after-school partnership.
Brand, Brenda
  • The MCPS/VT FIRST Robotics collaborative involves three high school teachers, approximately 25 high school students, the School of Education, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The project focuses on developing engineering skills and aptitudes through relevant applications.  The P-12 contact persons are Michael Collver, Tiffany Anton, and Charles Odum. 
  • Project ESTEEM involves ten students in grades K-2, four faculty, a grad student, and the school principal who is the contact person.  The project is designed to positively influence conceptions of identity through meaningful representations of culture through literacy integrated with science, mathematics and the arts.
Brill, Jennifer
  • Collaborating with Dr. Mary Alice Barksdale and the leadership of Hurt Park Elementary School in Roanoke to explore the creation of a Professional Development School. Have completed two meetings to date and will be meeting next with the Roanoke City Instructional Lead for approval at the district-level.
Brott, Pamela E.
  • School Counselors Leadership Team:  comprised of representatives from PK-12 school districts (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania) and universities (George Mason ]University, George Washington University, Marymount University, Virginia Tech) for the purposes of keeping lines of communication open between local school districts and  universities to share information on practicum and internship placements, job fairs, school counseling issues.
  • Assist with organizing and serve as presenter at Summit IV – Fostering Resilience: Effective School Counseling in Challenging Times; approximately 150 school counselors and supervisors attended the ½-day Summit held at George Mason University, October29, 2009
Burton, John
  • Currently working with CITSIE Fellows on project in Danville in collaboration with Danville Public Schools and the Danville Community Culture and Education Center working with disadvantaged children.
Cash, Carol
  • Hanover High School – worked with the principal to develop master schedule and professional development activities for faculty
  • Worked with VASSP, VFEL, and DOE for WEBEX presentations to school divisions in school improvement
  • Worked with DOE in assisting two failing middle schools by working with/mentoring their principals – middle schools in Henrico and Richmond
  • Hanover County Public Schools – worked with Trade Center to develop compatible schedule to align with comprehensive high schools
Cennamo, Katherine
  • Partnerships with numerous school districts through the Center for Creative Technologies in the Arts (see Center for Creative Technologies annual report – Appendix A).
Craig, James R.
  • In conjunction with Bland County Public Schools (VA), I submitted, as the principal investigator, a development proposal to the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. The Title of the Project was “Development of the Continuous Advancement Summer School Alternative (CASSA) for application in small, rural high schools.”  Drs. Terry Wildman and John Burton agreed to be co-investigators on the proposal.  The purpose of the proposed two-year, $706,955 project was to have been to develop an open-entry-open-exit, technology delivered curriculum built on mastery-based learning as an alternative to traditional face-to-face summer school instruction targeted for high students who are at risk of dropping out and/or not graduating on time.
Creamer, Elizabeth
  • In the AITES grant, we are partnering with superintendents, counselors, and teachers, and 2 counties in 5 states to promote economic development through recruiting more women to prepare for jobs in information technology.
Eller, John F.
  • Presented opening day keynote address to Bath County Public Schools Staff entitled, Working Positively with Students. Conducted a study in the division of discipline perceptions and practices. Presented study information to instructional staff and the board of education. Assisted school in developing Student Assistance Team to develop interventions for at-risk students. Conducted professional development for division school bus drivers.
  • Conducted professional development for principals in SW Virginia in teacher evaluation and supervision strategies including strategies and practices for working with marginal and deficient teachers.
  • Conducted professional development to administrators in Dickenson County related to change management, school climate and culture.
Glenn, William
  • Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School partner:  Career Day Panelist, Facilitator for Challenge Day, Math Tutor (VT-Engage).
  • Worked on consulting projects in Kentucky, Washington, and Wyoming. The Kentucky project consisted of providing a state task force with an analysis of the equity of the state’s school facilities finance programs. The Washington and Wyoming projects involved advising legislative committees with regard to how each state could modify its school finance formula in order to provide an adequate education to the children in the state.
  • Ld 4 sessions covering school law and school finance (2 each) for prospective administrators at Hyde Leadership Charter School in Washington, DC
Hicks, David
  • Montgomery County Public Schools- Teaching American History Grant—Sharon Zuckerwar is the contact person. Last year of a grant—we have submitted a new one- the grant serves as written agreement
  • America on the World Stage Teaching American History Grant with Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Greene County, Madison County and Orange County Public Schools--  I serve on the Editorial Review Board to  evaluate teacher work products and also on their Advisory Board for the Transatlantic Teacher Exchange program as part of that grant. The contact person is Andy Mink. The program is designed to improve the teaching of American History within those districts.   The Grants itself serves as the written agreement.
  • My work as CUFA chair and past chair involved charting a course for the creation of an organizational diversity statement. The focus of our conference always has a massive social justice initiative and that involved bringing in keynote speakers--- Rep John Lewis, Deborah Lipstedt (holocaust education) and Morris Dees (Southern Poverty law center). I also helped initiate a book drive for a local school in need in Atlanta.
  • Hicks, D., Shires, S, & Neiberg, M. (2013-14). Chronozoom project: Unit I: Causes of World War I. Unit 3: The Chronozoomer’s Guild. New York/ Seattle, WA. Microsoft Research.  (Creative Commons)* http://join.chronozoom.com/teach/

    http://join.chronozoom.com/curriculum-overview/

*ChronoZoom is an award-winning, open source, cross-platform, openly-authored timeline of the history -- of Everything- a digital canvas to visualize big history. Together with a team of teachers and content experts we developed a series of units that aligned with Common Core and the C3 Social Studies standards and released through Microsoft Research under a free creative commons attribution license. Sam Shires and I took the lead and did the bulk of the work on two of the three units. A Video- discussing our development and testing of the Chronozoom curriculum from Microsoft Research  can be found here;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgojRULj4v8

http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/dl.aspx?id=205594

  • Sherman, T., Tucker, T., Ogle, J.T., & Hicks, D. (2013-14). Odd Fellows Hall: New Town Remembered, A virtual recreation*

* New Town was an African American Neighborhood on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus. New Town was the home of the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall which was the social center for area African-Americans from 1906 until the end of segregation. The only remaining structure is the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall which the Town of Blacksburg has restored. This project is designed to memorialize New Town and its people, via the production of a virtual reality re-creation of New Town as it was about 1950, and also a New Town Remembered educational program that includes an augmented reality representations of homes and people and a historical fiction book Three Boys in New Town designed for school age children.

  • Hicks, D., Wigginton, E., Stripling, B., Gregory, C., Potter, K. (2012). Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module.  Richmond: Virginia Department of Education* www.civiceducationva.org

    *This is an online module that was contracted by the Virginia Department of Education to meet new state licensure requirements for History and Social Science Teachers K-12. The module is made up of 4 sections Federalism, State Government, Local Government, and Citizenship Education along with extensive appendices. Each module contains an opening scenario to orientate the reader to the topic in question, expert video analysis, detailed narratives, and a short assessment. This product is a result of a contract with the VDOE. They own the copyright.

Organized Professional Development Workshops/Presentations/Courses for Teachers

  • Sept/Nov 2014    Baseball Americana: National History Day Theme 2015 Leadership and Legacy. Analyzing Library of Congress Primary Sources Using the SCIM-C Historical Inquiry Process. TPS Eastern Region Professional Development Workshop Level II. Waynesburg University. I developed and co-taught this online course that was offered through Waynesburg State with Ann Canning and John Lee.
  • Oct. 2013           Analyzing Library of Congress Primary Sources using the SCIM-C Historical Inquiry Process. National History Day Resources at the Library of Congress 2014 Theme – Rights and Responsibilities in History. TPS Eastern Region Professional Development Workshop Level II. Waynesburg University. (October 3rd  - October 31, 2013- 6 sessions). I developed and co-taught this online course that was offered through Waynesburg State with Ann Canning and John Lee.
  • Oct/Nov 2012    Round the World in 72 Days With Nellie Bly 1889-1890 National History Day Resources at the Library of Congress 2013 Theme - Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. TPS Eastern Region Professional Development Workshop Level II. Waynesburg University. (September 20, 2012 - October 25, 2012- 6 sessions). I developed and co-taught this online course that was offered through Waynesburg State with Ann Canning and John Lee.
  • Jan/Feb 2012      Jane Addams, Peacemaker or Troublemaker? National History Day Resources at the Library of Congress 2012 Theme: Revolution, Reaction and Reform. TPS Eastern Region Professional Development Workshop Level II. Waynesburg University. (Jan, 12 -Feb 17, 2012- 6 sessions). I developed and co-taught this online course that was offered through Waynesburg State with Ann Canning and John Lee.
  • November, 2011  The Life & Legacies of Booker T. Washington: A Workshop for Teachers. Part of the team that helped to organize this one-day teacher workshop. The origins for this workshop grew out of the Library of Congress TPS grant that E.T. Ewing and I received. This led to a partnership/funding from the Booker T. Washington National Monument and the History Department at VT to sponsor a research workshop on Booker T. Washington.
  • Sept/Oct 2011     Jane Addams, Peacemaker or Troublemaker? National History Day Resources at the Library of Congress 2012 Theme: Revolution, Reaction and Reform. TPS Eastern Region Professional Development Workshop Level II. Waynesburg University. (September 22, 2012 - October 27, 2011- 6 sessions). I developed and co-taught this online course that was offered through Waynesburg State with Ann Canning and John Lee.

Invited Professional Development Workshops/Presentations/Courses for Teachers

  • Lee, J., & Hicks, D., (2014, December). Keynote: C3 and the NYS social studies tool kit project. Invited keynote at the Madison-Oneida Social Studies/School Librarian Conference, Vernon: NY.
  • Lee, J., & Hicks, D., (2014, December). SCIM-C Inquiry-based methodology for teaching and assessment with primary sources. Featured session at the Madison-Oneida Social Studies/School Librarian Conference, Vernon: NY.
  • Hicks, D. (2014 August). Inquiry in the Social Studies classroom. Presentation at the Connecticut Councils for the Social Studies professional development workshop on C3, Inquiry, and Connecticut State Frameworks, Hartford: CT.
  • Bowman, D., Hicks, D., Ogle, T., Singh, G., Cline, D., Johnson, A*, (2014).  CI Spy: Exploring the potential of mobile augmented reality for scaffolding historical inquiry learning. Invited Presentation at the Montgomery County Public School’s professional development workshop, Christiansburg, VA.
  • Hicks, D. (2014 July). Inquiry in the Social Studies classroom. Presentation at the Connecticut Councils for the Social Studies professional development workshop on C3, Inquiry, and Connecticut State Frameworks, Hartford: CT.
  • Hicks, D. (2014). SCIM-C: Scaffolding historical source document interpretation. Invited presentation at the Ancestry Teacher Scholars Work Summit. Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Hicks, D. (2013). Chronozoom: A case study. Invited presentation at the American Battle and Memorial Commission’s Teacher Scholars Work Summit. Washington DC.
  • Hicks, D. (2013). In search of resonance – from historians to the history classroom. Invited presentation at the New Perspectives on the Cold War Teacher Workshop. Blacksburg VA
  • Hicks, D., & Lee, J. (2012). Facilitating and scaffolding historical inquiry.  Invited two-day workshop presentation at the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the University of Central Florida, Orlando Florida.
  • Hicks, D. (2011). Scaffolding history as an inferential discipline: Playing with artifact bags, the museum of me, and junior detectives. Invited presentation to the Teaching American History Grant -Virginia Beach Public Schools.
  • van Hover, S. & Hicks, D. (2011) Race and place: Using Library of Congress historical sources. Invited presentation at the Teaching American History Grant Conference- Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium. Abingdon, Virginia.
  • Friedman, A., Hicks, D., & Lee, J. (2011). Using Web 2.0 technologies and the Library of Congress to teach social studies. Invited inservice workshop at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Hirt, Joan
  • The Free Clinic of the New River Valley provides a medical home to uninsured adults in Montgomery, Floyd, and Giles counties. Clients must have incomes less than 175% of the federal poverty line to receive services (i.e., economically disadvantaged).
Jones, Brett
  • Volunteered Boys and Girls Club of New River Valley with 10 6th-8th graders in Shawsville Middle School, 1/week for 5 weeks in Fall, 2009, to implement the Studio STEM program with Michael Evans.  The project was a revision of the Kids for Change project implemented in the same school last year.  The goal was to engage low socioeconomic children in interesting projects to acquire critical knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
Kreye, Bettibel
  • Worked with principals and teachers at Shawsville Middle and Eastern Montgomery High Schools to secure and maintain participation in NOYCE Grant
  • Visited principals of (13) teachers within the math specialist program as they entered the Math Education Leadership I course to facilitate the teachers’ work within their buildings throughout this course. These are principals within Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Franklin Co, and Botetourt Co schools.
Lockee, Barbara
  • Partnered with Garden Grove Elementary School, in San Diego, CA, for “University of Possibilities” project. Worked with teacher Kristi Allmen to inform her class of 24 kindergarten and first grade students about the importance of higher education through collaborating with VT as their partner institution. Coordinated gifts of t-shirts from VT Bookstore, visits by VT faculty, and also produced a video of Provost Mark McNamee to share with the class. Visited the class with Ken Potter and John Burton in March, 2010.
Magliaro, Susan

Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium: A Continuum of Support for Teacher and Student Learning.  A research and development grant sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, $57,000.  Participants include over 1300 teachers, 60 schools, 10 school divisions, and 4 universities.  The main goal is the development of supportive systems for pre-service and beginning teachers.  We have written agreements with all participating school divisions.

Mesmer, Heidi Anne

In about two-thirds of my courses I am teaching practitioners who either are working in K-12 schools or preparing to do so. My instruction must connect with the Virginia Standards of Learning, Virginia’s Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), Response to Intervention (RtI), and other national and state initiatives. By teaching courses in schools, talking to practicing teachers, reading the professional development literature, conducting research in schools, and consulting in school divisions, I increase my chances of learning about new requirements and trends in K-12 teaching. I learn a great deal from practicing teachers that helps me to make my content relevant for pre-service teachers and cannot imagine my courses without this interaction.

Pitts Bannister, Vanessa
  • Serve as a co-investigator of Project ESTEEM (Exploring Strategies To Engage and Empower Minority Students).   In this role, I plan, and deliver, (with the assistance of Virginia Tech (Mary Alice Barksdale and Brenda Brand) and Radford University (Tamara Wallace) education faculty) sessions to elementary grade African American children in Montgomery County and conduct appropriate research activities.
Tripp, Wayne
  • Virginia School Leaders Institute
  • VASS-Virginia Tech Aspiring Superintendents Institute
  • School Leaders Forum
  • Regional Superintendents Meetings (Regions VI and VII)
  • Radford University Superintendents Breakfasts
  • Western Virginia Public Education Consortium Board meetings
  • Virginia Western Community College Access Program
Wells, John
  • Blacksburg Middle School, 6th Grade Science, Angie Cave;  promotion of Integrative STEM Education through design-based biotechnology
  • Montgomery County Science and Career & Technical Education, Patricia Gaudreau and Rick Weaver, Integrative STEM Education across STEM subjects
  • Auburn High School Science, Charles Jervis, introduce the integration of design-based biotechnology literacy instruction based on my Biotechnology Literacy by Design: Teaching Guide
  • Roanoke Governor’s School, Biotechnology, John Kowalski (principal); introduce the integration of design-based biotechnology literacy instruction based on my Biotechnology Literacy by Design:  Teaching Guide
Wilkins, Jay
  • Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant with Montgomery County Public Schools. Contact: Jonathan Schulz (MCPS Mathematics Supervisor). Offer professional development for all 6th and 7th grade mathematics teachers and associated special needs teachers.  Number of participants: (15-36 depending on the PD experience).