Congratulations to Math in the Middle teachers Tanya Archie and Patrick Derr and Primarily Math Cohort 2 teacher Heather Bryan, who are 2013 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher award winners from Omaha Public Schools. The Omaha World-Herald announced the 15 winners on May 13. Archie, a math teacher Benson High; Derr, a sixth-grade teacher at Springville Elementary; and Bryan, a kindergarten teacher at Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary, each received a medallion, $10,000 cash and $500 in McDonald's gift certificates. Archie was featured in a full story in the World-Herald on May 10.
On April 12-13, NebraskaNOYCE sponsored a visit by Dr. Marta Civil from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She met with the Noyce Master Teaching Fellows and colleagues for a workshop on the intersection of ELL students, families, and mathematics, and how teachers can work to effectively engage families in supporting student mathematics learning.
"Primarily Math: Success Stories" tells the story of Primarily Math, a teaching, research and development program for K-3 teachers. Over the past four years, 227 outstanding Nebraska elementary teachers have participated in this program. Enjoy this magazine's stories and classroom photos, more of which can be seen in the slideshow on the Primarily Math page, and download a PDF copy of the magazine.
Danielle Buhrman, a teacher at Grand Island High School and a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow, was featured in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' daily news brief on Dec. 10, 2012. The article highlighted Buhrman's website, which features videos of lessons designed to help her students receive assistance with their school work 24/7. For more on the story check out the Smartbrief, or read the Grand Island Independent.
Making science exciting and important to middle school students can be an endeavor but Lincoln educators are aiming for the stars. On Oct. 5, 2012, a group of eighth-grade science teachers from five local middle schools participated in Astronomy Tools and Curriculum: A Workshop for Middle-School Teachers, a curriculum enhancement workshop, in Jorgensen Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Dr. Kevin Lee of UNL's department of physics and astronomy presented with the help of five undergraduate students: Mirina Bradaric, Samantha Cajka, Lauren Wolterman, Ethan Van Winkle, and Tina Riley. Jeff Wilkerson, Associate Professor of Physics at Luther College, and Brian Thomas, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy of Washburn University, also presented.
Assistant Professor Marilyn Stains of chemistry, along with the Center's technology director Dr. Kevin Lee of physics and astronomy, was awarded in September 2012 the $300,000 NSF grant "WIDER: EAGER: Evidence-Based Instructional Practices in Action: Enhancing Exemplary Teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln." Their project seeks to implement a professional development program on evidence-based instructional practices for chemistry, biology, and physics & astronomy faculty at UNL, as well as train current and future faculty in the implementation of such a program.