EIGHT FWISD Teens Participate In Latina STEM Fellowship Program
Eight Fort Worth Independent School District students recently completed an eight-day summer camp as participants in the Latina STEM Fellowship program.
Hosted at the Tarrant County College- Trinity River Campus, the Latina STEM Fellowship introduces girls ages 9-12 to careers in STEM (science, engineering, technology and mathematics). The girls participate in interactive STEM skills lab activities; tour Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and hear from STEM professionals. Activities also include the girls preparing for their undergraduate and graduate education, networking, professional and peer mentoring opportunities.
Camp participants delivered presentations about their experience during a closing luncheon, June 28.
‘We the People’ Book ChronicleS Students’ Unforgettable Trip
A compilation of student essays and photographs make up Fort Worth ISD’s 2018 Staff Ride booklet, “We the People: Freedom, Liberty, Justice and Equality,” now available online.
The 64-page booklet chronicles the feelings and experiences of 20 mostly Fort Worth ISD JROTC students on a five-day field trip to historic U.S. landmarks in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The students recently traveled to battlegrounds, museums and monuments with the assignment of linking together the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Civil War (specifically Gettysburg), the atrocities of World War II, and the American civil rights movement, all under the over-arching theme of “We the People…”
“These students were thrust into a virtual time machine and were given a unique opportunity to visit pivotal points in our nation’s history from the very beginning to modern day,” said Col. Steve Scioneaux, senior Army instructor for the JROTC program at Southwest High School, in the booklet. “The true benefit of this experience is found in the words of the students themselves. I invite you to read their thoughts and share in this unique experience.”
LTC Richard Crossley, director of FWISD JROTC programs, calls the trip “a remarkable journey of seeking, acquiring, reflecting, learning and growing for both cadets and instructors.”
“The annual Honors U.S. Military History Staff Ride is more than a ride; it’s a story,” he says in the booklet’s forward. “Our cadets gained unique insight and a greater knowledge and understanding of their rights, responsibilities, sacrifices and roles as citizens to strengthen and protect our democracy.”
Joseph Niedziela, director of the FWISD Social Studies Department, calls the trip “a powerful experiential learning activity built into the curriculum.”
“By the staff ride’s end, students better understood their responsibility as future citizen leaders to protect and advance our nation’s core values,” he says in the booklet.
View the complete Staff Ride booklet and view videos from the recent trip at www.fwisd.org/staffride.
100+ Applications Submitted for Teaching Chair Honors
More than 100 Fort Worth ISD teachers have applied for consideration in this year’s Fort Worth ISD Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence In all, 14 winners will be chosen this fall.
The applications will be passed on to committees of judges later this month. Finalists will be notified in August, and the 2018 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence will be announced this October.
Two Chairs of Teaching Excellence have already been named. Prior to the close of the 2017-2018 school year, Julia Worthington, a theater arts director at Western Hills High School, and Brandi Waller-Pace, a music teacher at Bruce Shulkey Elementary School, were named the 2018 Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Theater and Dance and the Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts, respectively.
All Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Nov. 15.
Modeled after the university-level chair program, the title of Teaching Chair -- established in 1994 -- recognizes outstanding classroom teachers and awards them with a $5,000 honorarium.
We asked FWISD employees how they're spending their summer.
Here's one response submitted to the Inside FWISD inbox recently:
Kiana King, FWISD's social media coordinator, spent a recent Friday afternoon visiting the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and trying out the fare at a nearby restaurant.