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Freeda Pirillis

National VIVA Report: Voices from the Classroom

Members of the first VIVA Idea Exchange discussed pressing education issues and presented their report to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Teaches 1st Grade for Chicago Public Schools

Teacher for more than 10 years

Freeda became a teacher because she loved working with young children. “I wanted to motivate, inspire, and develop young children’s love of learning, of life, and their natural curiosity to ask questions,” she says. One important thing to know about Freeda is: “I am passionate about education and creating meaningful change in the systems that directly impact students, parents, and teachers. I love working with new teachers to develop their practice and believe all teachers, if properly supported, can positively impact student learning.” She is a NBCT, on the National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Advisory Group, and a 2015 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow. She’s her school’s Instructional Leadership Team. She also worked for the Chicago Teacher’s Union Quest Center to collaborate with NBCT’s to develop a K-2 Interdisciplinary Unit that serves an exemplar for teaching with the CCSS. It’s currently available nationwide on ShareMyLesson and available district wide to CPS teachers.

“The VIVA Project elevates teachers to the district, state, and national level, providing them with a vehicle to amplify the best thinking in the profession in order to inform policy.” – Freeda

Mark Anderson

VIVA New York Task Force: Opening Doors to Professional Communication and Collaboration

New York teachers discussd how placing evaluations in a Professional Learning Community context can be a cost-saving measure for New York.

VIVA CCSS Idea Exchange: Common Core State Standards: The Key to Student Success

This report represents the collective wisdom of early childhood, elementary, and secondary teachers from across the country who gathered to share their voices and ideas about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
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Teaches 7th-8th grade special education

Teacher for more than 3 years

Mark became a teacher because he wanted to develop and sharpen his abilities as a learner, listener, and leader. “There is no greater challenge to these skills than teaching — one’s very integrity, physical presence, stamina, content knowledge, and capacity for empathy are put on the line on a minute-by-minute basis each day. In other words, teaching is a great opportunity to become a better human being.” One thing you should know about Mark is that he maintains a blog, Schools as Ecosystems, as well as a. When he is not teaching, Mark is reading books, reading articles and blogs, writing blogs, giving attention to his Amazon parrot and parakeet, or running.

Charlene Mendoza

VIVA Arizona Project: Arizona Charter Teachers’ Guide to Common Core Implementation: Advice from the Classroom

Arizona Charter teachers ensure successful implementation of Common Core Standards, promote the development of professional knowledge and expertise of teachers, and maintain high expectations and academic achievement on the part of Arizona’s students.


VIVA CCSS Idea Exchange: Common Core State Standards: The Key to Student Success
This report represents the collective wisdom of early childhood, elementary, and secondary teachers from across the country who gathered to share their voices and ideas about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Teaches AP English Language and Literature at an Arizona charter school

Teacher for more than 15 years

Charlene became a teacher because she wanted to make a difference in the world. “I consider myself fortunate that I was blessed with a number of teachers and mentors who impacted my life greatly; teaching is a way to pay that back and forward,” she says. “I am also a person who loves a challenge and learning while despising being bored. As a teacher, I can indulge my love of words and learning, creativity, and innovation, and I have never been bored for a single day in my entire teaching career.” The person she most wants in her class is the student who is the first in his or her family to go to college “because I believe education changes lives.”

Ann Neary

VIVA MET Teachers Project: Reflections from the Classroom: Teachers Explore the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Research Experience and its Influence on Future Education Practice.Teachers share ideas for using their personal and professional networks to share the knowledge and insight gained from the MET project with fellow teachers across the country.

Teaches high school writing in the Bronx for New York City Public Schools
Teacher for more than 5 years

Ann switched careers after 9/11 to become a teacher because the attack made her rethink her choice. “One thing I like doing is interacting with kids, specifically teenagers. Another is reading and writing. So the natural conclusion I came to was to combine my favorite things into a new career: teaching. Each and every day is different and requires attentiveness. I enjoy that challenge.” When she isn’t teaching, you’ll find her playing with her six children, riding horses, walking in the woods, planting forests, baking, sailing, rock climbing, volunteering in her community, reading, writing or drinking coffee.

Justin McGehee

VIVA NEA 360 Idea Exchange: Changing the Story: Transformation toward Fair Accountability and Responsibility in Public Education

Educators exchanging ideas about 360 degree accountability systems and how they analyze the interplay of instructional leadership, teaching and student achievement.

Teaches high school writing in the Bronx for New York City Public Schools
Teacher for more than 10+ years

He is a staunch supporter of teacher-developed curriculum and collaborates in the approach the Stockton United School District has taken to adapt for the Common Core State Standards, creating their own standards-based units of study for their schools instead of contracting out for CCSS pre-aligned curriculum. He has worked to appropriate “best teaching practices” teachers use with students — and “translating” those practices to be authentically used during teacher PD. He is a part of a “Teacher Think Tank” here in California, and is a site union rep and also on our district’s bargaining team. Justin considers himself a teacher second and student first, because he believes the mantra “Students learn better when they are taught better” applies not only to students, but also to teachers, administrators, parents, and policymakers.

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Lesley Hagelgans

Lesley Hagelgans teaches Language Arts at Marshall Middle School in Marshall, Mich. She was a member of the National VIVA Task Force.

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Katie Morosky

Katherine Doerr Morosky teaches science at Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn. She participated in the VIVA NEA School Safety Idea Exchange.

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Kelly Waller

Kelly Waller teaches middle school language arts in Hillsborough County, Florida Public Schools. She participated in the VIVA MET Idea Exchange.

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Wade Sutton

Wade Sutton teaches Middle School English in the School of Logic at Eagle Ridge Academy in Eden Prairie, Mn. He participated in the VIVA 360 Degree Leadership Idea Exchange.

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Concetta Lewis

Concetta Lewis is a special education resource teacher, general education teacher, principal, and special education administrator with schools in the Detroit area. She participated in the VIVA Common Core Idea Exchange.

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Staci Tarricone Marshall

Staci teaches preschool and 1st grade at Juan Pablo Duarte-Jose Julian Marti School #28 in Elizabeth, NJ. She participated in VIVA New Jersey Charter Idea Exchange.

Sara Yedlik Arnold

Sara teaches elementary gifted and talented students in the Cedar Rapids Public Schools Teacher. She participated in the VIVA ISEA Idea Exchange.

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Jamyle Kathy Acevedo

Jamyle teaches ESL students in North Carolina. She participated in the VIVA NEA 360 Idea Exchange.

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Glenn Morehouse Olson

Glenn teaches English, journalism and broadcasting at a high school. She participated in the VIVA Minnesota Idea Exchange.

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Jim Szewc

Jim Szewc is a mentor to beginning teachers in Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools. He participated in the VIVA MET Idea Exchange.

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Steve Owens

Steve Owens teaches P-6 general music, strings, band and chorus in Calais VT and Sharon VT. He participated in the VIVA NEA TIS Idea Exchange.

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Kori Milroy

Kori teaches grammar school science for Chicago Public Schools. She participated in the VIVA Chicago Idea Exchange.

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Elizabeth Tarbutton

Elizabeth Tarbutton is a middle school math teacher at Hill Middle School in Denver, Colorado. She participated in the VIVA CEA Idea Exchange.

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Andrea Leggett

Andrea teaches in dance in Denver, Colorado. She participated in the VIVA NEA Time in School Idea Exchange.

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Jimmy Barnhill

Jim teacher High School Special Education in Minneapolis. He participated in the VIVA Minnesota II Idea Exchange.

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Allan Fluharty

Teaches high school science and math for the Chicago Public Schools. He participated in the VIVA Chicago Project: Time, Teachers, and Tomorrow’s Schools Idea Exchange.

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Chris Starmer

Teaches seventh and eighth grade science and math at Jefferson County RE-1 in Golden, Colorado. He participated in the VIVA NEA School Safety Idea Exchange and the VIVA Common Core Idea Exchange.

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Sharon James

Teaches middle school special education in Georgia. She participated in the VIVA Chicago Project: Time, Teachers, and Tomorrow’s Schools Idea Exchange.

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Anissa Emery

Teaches and counsels at Oscoda High School in northeast Michigan. She participated in the VIVA NEA TIS Idea Exchange.

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Amy Bruns

Taught Kindergarten and First Grade general education and English Language Development in Littleton, Colorado. She is currently a Product Specialist with Excent. She participated in the VIVA NEA School Safety Idea Exchange and the VIVA Common Core Idea Exchange.

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Judy Smizik

Taught Kindergarten and served as an Educational Specialist, Instructional Teacher Leader and Primary Intervention Specialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for over 35 years .  Presently, she mentors new teachers, provides professional development workshops, and has a private practice. She participated in the VIVA Remaking Public Education in Pittsburgh Idea Exchange.

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Josh Agpalza
Teaches history and is a Cambridge World History and AVID teacher at Federal Way High School (FWHS) in Federal Way, Washington. He participated in the VIVA NEA TIS Idea Exchange and the  VIVA NEA 360 Idea Exchange.

 

Tiffani BestVIVA Pittsburgh Idea Exchange: VIVA Pittsburgh Writing Collaborative
Cynthia BlackVIVA Arizona Project: Arizona Charter Teachers’ Guide to Common Core Implementation: Advice from the Classroom
Jamie BradleyVIVA Arizona Project: Arizona Charter Teachers’ Guide to Common Core Implementation: Advice from the Classroom
Joshua BrownVIVA NEA Time in School Idea Exchange: The VIA NEA Time in School Writing Collaborative
Timothy BrownVIVA CEA Idea Exchange: VIVA CEA Writing Collaborative
Katie CardusVIVA MET Teachers Writing Collaborative: VIVA Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Idea Exchange

Rhonda CarlbergVIVA Minneapolis Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA Minneapolis Teacher Writing Collaborative

Diedra CarlsonVIVA Minnesota II: Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation

James CarterVIVA Pittsburgh Idea Exchange: VIVA Pittsburgh Writing Collaborative

Stephen ChigerVIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Project

Catherine Chilton-WernerVIVA Minnesota II: Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation
JP ClaussenVIVA ISEA Project: Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century

Cheryl CofieVIVA National Education Association (NEA) Idea Exchange
Peggy CrouchVIVA New York Task Force: Opening Doors to Professional Communication and Collaboration

Steve DeFlitchVIVA Pittsburgh Idea Exchange: VIVA Pittsburgh Writing Collaborative

Donna DrescherVIVA Minnesota Project: 360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals

Anissa EmeryVIVA NEA Time in School Idea Exchange: The VIA NEA Time in School Writing Collaborative

Amy GraffVIVA National Education Association (NEA) Idea Exchange

Brian GravesVIVA Chicago Project: Time, Teachers, and Tomorrow’s Schools
Greg GroteVIVA Colorado Extended Learning Time
Nathan Grover VIVA MET Teachers Writing Collaborative: VIVA Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Idea Exchange

Melissa HagemanVIVA ISEA Project: Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century

Nancy HahnVIVA NEA Idea Exchange: Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools, An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments

Brionna HarderVIVA Minnesota Project: 360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals

Heather HarrVIVA Pittsburgh Idea Exchange: VIVA Pittsburgh Writing Collaborative

Keith HarrisonNational VIVA Report: Voices from the Classroom
Jenny HartVIVA CEA Idea Exchange: VIVA CEA Writing Collaborative
Amelia HerbertVIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Project
Beth HillernsVIVA Minnesota Project: 360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals
Nancy HilliardPublic Education in a Global Economy: An Agenda for Massachusetts Public Schools
Laura HirshfieldVIVA NEA Idea Exchange: Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools, An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments
Sarah HoganVIVA ISEA Project: Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century
Gin HooksChicago VIVA Project: Time Teachers and Tomorrow’s Schools
Ryan HowardVIVA Colorado Extended Learning Time
Aubree HusoVIVA Minneapolis Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA Minneapolis Teacher Writing Collaborative
James KobialkaPublic Education in a Global Economy: An Agenda for Massachusetts Public Schools
Nicky LewisNational VIVA Report: Voices from the Classroom
Elaine LiberatiVIVA Pittsburgh Idea Exchange: VIVA Pittsburgh Writing Collaborative
Leanne LisienVIVA Pittsburgh Idea Exchange: VIVA Pittsburgh Writing Collaborative
Eliza “Beth” LittletonVIVA Pittsburgh Idea Exchange: VIVA Pittsburgh Writing Collaborative
Daniel MagnusonVIVA Minneapolis Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA Minneapolis Teacher Writing Collaborative
Staci MarshallVIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Project
Joseph A. MedeirosVIVA NEA Time in School Idea Exchange: The VIA NEA Time in School Writing Collaborative
Julie Miller-HaysVIVA Minnesota Project: 360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals
Andria MitchellVIVA MET Teachers Writing Collaborative: VIVA Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Idea Exchange
Lynn MuellerVIVA Minnesota II: Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation
Kwesi NdzibahVIVA MET Teachers Writing Collaborative: VIVA Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Idea Exchange
Andrew NealeVIVA MET Teachers Writing Collaborative: VIVA Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Idea
Kevan NitzbergVIVA Minnesota II: Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation
Marie O’BrienArizona Charter Teachers’ Guide to Common Core Implementation: Advice from the Classroom
Michael O’ShaughnessyVIVA NEA Idea Exchange: Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools, An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments
Megan OrvisVIVA Colorado Extended Learning Time
Liz Parr-SmestadVIVA Minnesota II: Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation
Joel PattersonPublic Education in a Global Economy: An Agenda for Massachusetts Public Schools
Pia Payne-ShannonVIVA Minneapolis Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA Minneapolis Teacher Writing Collaborative
Marcine PurintonVIVA Minneapolis Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA Minneapolis Teacher Writing Collaborative
David QuanzChicago VIVA Project: Time, Teachers, and Tomorrow’s Schools
Dean RaizmanVIVA NEA Idea Exchange: Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools, An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments
Andrew RasmussenVIVA ISEA Project: Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century
Mary Cathryn Ricker VIVA Minnesota Project – 360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals
Carrie RobatcekVIVA Minnesota Project: 360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals
Lynnette RochfordVIVA ISEA Project: Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century
Jessyca SaavedraVIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Project
Melissa SassoVIVA Pittsburgh Idea Exchange: VIVA Pittsburgh Writing Collaborative
Sonia SmithVIVA NEA Idea Exchange: Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools, An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments
Suzanne SmithVIVA NEA Idea Exchange: Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools, An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments
Melony Smith-WellingtonVIVA MET Teachers Writing Collaborative: VIVA Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Idea Exchange
Fran StaniecVIVA Chicago Project: Time, Teachers, and Tomorrow’s Schools
Karon StewartChicago VIVA Project: Time, Teachers, and Tomorrow’s Schools
Luke StordahlVIVA Minnesota II: Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation
Kathleen SullivanPublic Education in a Global Economy: An Agenda for Massachusetts Public Schools
Elizabeth TarbuttonVIVA CEA Idea Exchange: VIVA CEA Writing Collaborative
Lindsey TerrillVIVA Chicago Project: Time, Teachers, and Tomorrow’s Schools
Nicolette Theodore-MoadVIVA ISEA Project: Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century
Blake Unger DvorchikNational VIVA Report: Voices from the Classroom
Annette WalenVIVA Minnesota II: Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation
Jeanne WalkerVIVA Chicago Project: Time, Teachers, and Tomorrow’s Schools
Franco WallsVIVA New York Task Force: Opening Doors to Professional Communication and Collaboration
Zaneta WilliamsVIVA MET Teachers Writing Collaborative: VIVA Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Idea Exchange
Jeanne Kleinman WilliamsVIVA CEA Idea Exchange: VIVA CEA Writing Collaborative
Maricia Jodi WilsonVIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Idea Exchange: VIVA New Jersey Charter Teachers Project
Pam WinklerVIVA Minnesota II: Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation
Ann WyattVIVA CEA Idea Exchange: VIVA CEA Writing Collaborative