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Teacher Heroes

Julie Christman – Largo Florida

This week’s Hero is an educator dedicated to fighting a battle faced by far too many children. Julie Christman is the Literacy Director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast in Largo.

“I am honored to be the guardian of a fantastic literacy program that I got to design,” Christman said. “We were awarded a grant by the juvenile welfare board two years ago to start in three clubs.”

The success of that program, called “unlock reading,” has now moved to eight clubs according to Bay News 9.

Jenna McCann – Madison Wisconsin

Jenna McCann is one of only 12 teachers to receive the ‘Harmony Hero’ award

A lot of people think teaching is something that happens inside a classroom. But Jenna McCann knows some of the most important lessons happen outside.

“It’s hard for kids, especially elementary students, to grab onto that concept of ‘Let’s save the oceans,’” McCann told News 3 Now. “But we can do something right here in our corner of the world, like growing milkweed. Because no milkweed, no monarchs,” according to Channel3000.

Estella Pyform -Palm Beach County Florida

Estella Pyfrom wore many hats: Fiercely protective momager to four highly successful children, longtime devoted wife, doting grandma known as “Gorgeous,” neighborhood mom, ingenious educator, and, of course, the fearless founder of Estella’s Brilliant Bus.

And though the world knows her as the latter, it’s all those former things that made her a pure gem to her family. Estella Mims Pyfrom succumbed to a lengthy illness on Dec. 29, 2021. She was 85 and died peacefully surrounded by family according to the Florida Courier.

Educator resource news

Survey from Clever on how teachers are best handling teaching during the pandemic.

As schools grapple with yet another fast-spreading COVID-19 variant in the wake of the holidays, a new survey administered by Clever – the most widely used digital learning platform in U.S. K-12 schools – examines educators’ perspectives on education technology in the midst of this period of profound change. Eight in 10 teachers say their (or their students’) use of ed tech has increased compared to before the pandemic according to Clever.

Learning Blade wins top STEM solution

Learning Blade® is honored to be recognized as a Top STEM Solution in 2022 by Education Technology Insights. Learning Blade, a product of Thinking Media, has worked hard to engage younger students and provide exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Computer Science (CS), and Career and Technical Education (CTE). As we know, students can’t be what they can’t see and Learning Blade helps give them an opportunity to learn about all the different high-demand STEM/CS/CTE careers that are out there today according to PR Newswire.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies, the country’s leading developer of early childhood curriculum, assessment, professional learning, and family engagement solutions, has been named to the GSV EdTech 150, a list of the world’s most transformative growth companies in digital learning, for the second consecutive year according to Victoria Advocate.

New tools available for teachers in CA

The California State Library and Riverside County Office of Education have partnered with Gale, part of Cengage Group, to provide California’s more than six-million K-12 students and over 300,000 educators with access to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) digital resources from Gale. These new resources are part of California’s K-12 Online Content Project and are available at all schools (10k+) and public libraries (1.1k+) throughout California to support and strengthen STEAM learning according to PR Newswire.

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