School: Keene Elementary School
District: Christina School District
“Being an Institute Fellow has
deepened my passion and commitment to bringing enriched learning experiences to
my school and community, challenged and energized me as a life-long learner,
and expanded my support network of excellent educators.”
School: Wilbur Elementary
Colonial School District
of the Institute has made me a happier, more knowledgeable, and ultimately a
way better teacher. P.S. my students are a lot more engaged and working at a
real high level"
School: William Penn High School
District: Colonial School District
Mike has been a Fellow since 2016 and is a 2017 Yale National Initiative Fellow.
Reflecting on the DTI Experience:
"This is a curriculum development unlike anything you have access to in
your buildings or districts. You get to be in charge of the unit you develop,
providing you with an opportunity to infuse your personality into your teaching.
My unit from last cycle replaced
my final exam, and the project is really giving students an opportunity to
explore topics of interest to themselves while also using the principles of
chemistry we have covered this year."
School: McKean High
District: Red Clay Consolidated School District
Reflection on DTI:
"I am a 5-time Yale Fellow since
2007, and a 7-time DTI Fellow (since it began); also part of the Planning
Committee to start DTI!
Teachers Institutes are the BEST
Professional Development I have ever participated in. It is all of the
best things about teaching – collaborating with other teachers from different
schools, states, grade levels, learning content, finding ways to help your own
students, and “walking out” with a product I can use in my classroom.
One highlight comes from my unit
on Nanotechnology. My vocational students did research about a use of
nanotechnology in their career areas and presented their findings to the class.
The presentations were excellent and there was a lot of excitement and support
during the presentations. They found similarities in the properties that made
nanomaterials useful from one field to the next. Nanotechnology is an emerging
field and my students are leaving high school with some background knowledge
they can apply in college or to what they see or hear in the news."
Thurgood Marshall Elementary
Christina School District
Reflecting on the DTI experience:
part of DTI has really helped me grow personally and professionally. It
has given me opportunities to meet like-minded colleagues, professors and just
amazing educators! it is challenging and rewarding and has definitely
made me a better teacher.
My favorite unit so far
is about the Horseshoe crab, created while participating in a seminar with Jack
Bartley. I was able to secure grant funding to take my students to the
Delaware Bay for a mock crab count and to participate in some awesome
scientific inquiry. One of my students gained
international recognition for her artwork submitted to a contest at the
end of the unit."