5 Bammy Award Finalists Who Need To Be In Your PLN

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Diane Ravitch –    Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education.  She shares a blog called Bridging Differences with Deborah Meier, hosted by Education Week. She also blogs for Politico.com/arena and the Huffington Post. Her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines.  From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. For more on her amazing career go to http://dianeravitch.com 

Reecca Mieliwocki –  Mieliwocki has been teaching for 13 years, including nine years at Burbank Middle School, where she teaches general education and Gifted and Talented Education classes. She is faculty chair and serves on the school leadership team. Her lessons are infused with a wide array of technical tools that, as her principal says, “brings lessons to life.” Superintendent Torlakson: “Mrs. Mieliwocki is an innovative, creative teacher with boundless energy and an enthusiastic spirit that spreads through each class and each student. Her phenomenal approach toward teaching and her unshakable faith in the potential of her students, led me to nominate her for the national Teacher of the Year title.”If I accomplish anything with my students, I am proud to say it’s that when they leave my classroom, they are better people than when they walked through my door.”

—Rebecca Mieliwocki, from her 2012 California Teachers of the Year application

Larry Ferlazzo –   Larry teaches Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English Language Learners (as well as native English speakers) at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  After spending nineteen years working as a community organizer he has taught high school for the last nine years. In addition to writing his blog and maintaining his website, Larry also has another blog titled Engaging Parents In School.  He also writes regularly for the In Practice  blog.  “In Practice” is written by a group of teachers from around the world who teach in low-income communities and was started by Alice Mercer in 2007.   http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

Josh Stumpenhorst –   Josh is a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Science teacher in suburban Chicago, IL.  In his spare time he is the schools basketball coach, computer club advisor, and aspiring Jedi.  John has stated “I consider myself fairly competent in digital media and technology integration. Please read and share anything you find useful and I am always looking for ways to engage and connect my students to the best learning opportunities available. I am never happy with my work and am always finding ways to make it better for me and better for my students. The day I settle or am content is the day I need to step away. Until then, I will advocate for my students and push them to be the best they can be.”  May the force be with him and these are not the droids you are looking for.   http://www.stumpteacher.blogspot.com/

Alvin Davis – As a 21st Century educator, Alvin believes it is his duty and obligation to be wholeheartedly committed to the entire educational welfare of a pupil. He believes in reinforcing the basic skills learned in other classes, not only to achieve in the classroom, but in life.  “We forget sometimes as educators we are preparing generations not to just appreciate and imbibe a liberal art, but learn how to live and be successful in whatever becomes their chosen profession.  There is nothing more honorable than educating the leaders of tomorrow. We are servants to society; and with that great responsibility we must not fail”. http://EdOutTheBox.com

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