Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Blog for Atlanta Presentation

Visit the new blog dedicated to the presentation called "Unclenching Our Fists: Making the Middle East Relevant to Students" by clicking here.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Saudi Arabia Experience Helps Educator Earn Teacher of the Year Award

I am honored to share the news that I have been awarded the California Council for the Social Studies 2009 Teacher of the Year Award, Middle Level!

Upon being nominated by my peers, I submitted a hefty portfolio which included several examples from this blog that highlighted the teacher and student participation in my once in a lifetime journey to the Middle East. Using technology to communicate with my students and colleagues was a powerful experience that I hope to continue using throughout the remainder of my career as a teacher.

This fall I will be presenting at the NCSS National Conference with my session entitled "Unclenching Our Fists: Making the Middle East Accessible to Today's Young Learners". Once my presentation is complete, I will post it to this blog.

Thanks again for all your visits and comments. The mission keeping the window of understanding between the US and the Middle East open is today's great challenge, one I am dedicated to fulfilling.