September 23, 2014
I was so pleased when I received a letter from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) informing me that they were honoring me with the 2014 NAGC President’s Award. This award reflects a body of work or significant impact an individual or individuals have made – directly or indirectly- on gifted education. The award will be presented at the NAGC’s convention in Maryland in November.
Today I am attending the McGraw Prize in Education awards celebration in New York City. As a former winner of this prestigious award, and now a judge for the prize, I always look forward to honoring the newest winners and hearing about their amazing innovative contributions to education.
September 3, 2014
First I would like to welcome all of our wonderful Towson students back to campus! It has been too quiet and lonely here without you. I wish each of you a successful and fulfilling fall semester.
I was quite pleased to learn that The Daily Record has named me an Innovator of the Year award winner for our “AllSySTEMsGo” project with the College Board. This is our new title for our Advanced Placement initiative that has three important components: a teacher workshop and program to support AP teachers with effective teaching skills; a summer bootcamp, with follow-up support for students who need additional skills for success in their AP course and exam; and an endorsement program for teachers in preparation who meet criteria to effectively teach an AP course as soon as they begin their teaching careers. All three of these components are important to provide additional access and rigor in STEM content areas for students preparing for college, and for teachers graduating for Towson to meet with success in teaching these high level STEM courses.
This award is quite an honor that I could not have accomplished without the significant contributions of Dr. Gail Kaplan, Professor of Mathematics; Billy Burke and Dr. Dallas Dance of Baltimore County; Towson High School teacher Kevin Dalsimer; and of course the College Board.