Perkins enjoys Google Applications for Education training thanks to Steve & Nancy Sprague Teacher Leadership Fund
"I would like to thank the FCEF for providing another opportunity for me to attend the EdTech Summit here at GMHS.
I was able to add additional skills that translate directly to our learning environment.
George Mason High School
Special Education Teacher, ED
Earth Science Teacher"
McKenrick and Parrish enjoy Literacy conference thanks to Teacher Training Grant from FCEF!
The Falls Church Education Foundation funded a grant for TJ Reading Teachers, Alexa McKenrick and Sarah Parrish, to attend the Literacy for All Conference in Providence, RI at the end of October. Sarah and Alexa had the opportunity to learn from experts like Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell, Nell Duke, Dorothy Barnhouse, and Lucy Calkins.
Workshop topics included responsive teaching in guided reading, complex thinking in complex texts, writing in response to reading, guided writing, literacy coaching (relationship awareness, structures for collaborative learning), literacy as inquiry, and using literature to support social-emotional development of students.
Sarah and Alexa plan to share the knowledge they gained by attending this conference through differentiated professional learning workshops at Thomas Jefferson. TJ teachers have selected one area to develop their own professional knowledge. Sarah and Alexa have scheduled job-embedded professional learning, including: Supporting English Learners with Decoding & Fluency, Comprehension Strategies, Guided Writing, and an Introduction to Guided Reading.
They greatly appreciate the opportunity to grow their professional knowledge and share it with others.
ANNOUNCING: Falls Church Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award
The Teacher of the Year Award Program has a new name and a new sponsor!
The Falls Church Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award. This award was formerly called the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award,.
When The Post significantly changed the award structure, FCEF stepped in to ensure that the winning FCCPS teacher receives a monetary award.
All nominees will receive tickets to the FCEF Annual Gala and the winner will receive a $1500 award. The nomination deadline is Thursday, January 5, 2017.
Everyone is encouraged to recognize a teacher who has made a difference! We will do surprise announcements of all nominees in January and the winner will be announced in March/April.
The winner will also be the FCCPS Finalist for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award.
Here is the nomination form.
Appreciation & Recognition WeekBusiness & Community Partnerships
This week, the Business in Education Partnership (BIE) is celebrating the power of partnerships in our schools and community. There are more than 500 unique partnerships in FCCPS every school year. Business & Community Partners get involved as:
Link to Directory of Business & Community Partnerships
Caught on Air...Fresh...And Fishy? School Gardens Fertilize Minds, Yield New Bounty - GMHS Senior Ian Leach (above, left) and teacher Jamie Lahy talked about hydroponic lettuce and aquaponics on WAMU 88.5 Kojo Nnamdi show yesterday. The GMHS & MEHMS Grow to Market program was "seeded" by a Falls Church Education Foundation Super Grant in 2014. Listen to the podcast to hear about how it has grown!