Outreach Initiatives

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.

Jennifer, Brill

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.

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).

Katherine, Cennamo

Partnerships with numerous school districts through the Center for Creative Technologies in the Arts (see Center for Creative Technologies annual report – Appendix A).

Elizabeth, Creamer

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.

John, Burton

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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
  • 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.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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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