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P-12 School Partnerships
The College Bound 2009 summer transition awareness program for students with
disabilities, their parents and professionals is a collaborative project run by Continuing
Professional Education rather than OSP. Planning began in the fall with a team of
volunteers from VT, RU and NRCC including ADA office, disability services, faculty,
academic support personnel, VA departments of rehabilitation and education staff, & VT
graduate students. In summer 2009, my graduate student Ellen Bielema and I were co-
directors. We had 30 students with disabilities and their parents as well as 11 trained
college student leaders with disabilities participating.
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
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.
Beginning in the fall 2009, I have been collaborating with Drs. Michael Evans and
Brett Jones on a pilot study of an after school program for underserved youth in
the New River Valley. Studio STEM was piloted at Shawsville Middle School where
we introduced boys and girls to STEM careers while focusing on design issues
and concepts related to energy conservation and the environment.
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,
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.
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
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
Partnerships with numerous school districts through the Center for Creative
Technologies in the Arts (see Center for Creative Technologies annual report – Appendix
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
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 Teamto 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.
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
Ld 4 sessions covering school law and school finance (2 each) for prospective
administrators at Hyde Leadership Charter School in Washington, DC
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 STEMsubjects
Auburn High School Science, Charles Jervis, introduce the integration of design-based
biotechnology literacy instruction based on my Biotechnology Literacy by Design:
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
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).