High school teachers to participate in Reynolds Institute at ASU

June 12, 2014

Thirty-four high school journalism teachers from across the country will enhance their digital and teaching skills at Arizona State University this summer during a training program funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and administered by the American Society of News Editors through its Youth Journalism Initiative.

In its eighth year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the two-week Reynolds High School Journalism Institute immerses teachers in specialized skills, such as writing, editing, reporting, multimedia, layout and photojournalism. It also provides grounding in professional ethics, news literacy, the First Amendment and scholastic press freedom. woman working on a computer Download Full Image

Participants, many from underrepresented high schools, were selected in a competitive process. They are supplied with housing, meals, continuing-education credit and instructional materials free of charge.

The boot camp-style workshop is taught by Steve Elliott, director of digital news for the Cronkite School’s professional reporting program Cronkite News Service.

Elliott said teachers consistently describe the institute as a once-in-a-lifetime experience that enhances their skills and builds lasting professional contacts. “It’s been extremely rewarding through the years to see the benefits of this instruction, not just through these dedicated teachers, but through the countless students they influence back home by creating more engaged, informed campuses,” Elliott said.

The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute will take place in the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art media complex in downtown Phoenix from June 15-27. Other Reynolds institutes for high school teachers will be held this summer at Kent State University, University of Missouri, Columbia, and University of Texas at Austin.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $150 million to journalism initiatives nationally.

The American Society of News Editors (ASNE), founded in 1922, is dedicated to the leadership of American journalism. ASNE is comprised of top editors, producers and directors at news organizations; deans, directors and endowed chairs at accredited journalism schools; and leaders of journalism foundations and training organizations.

ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative, launched in 2000, provides journalism-related training and resources for teachers and students across the curriculum. Its goal is for every student to learn why news matters and acquire the skills needed to succeed as 21st-century citizens. These resources are available to all educators and the public at SchoolJournalism.org

2014 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute participants at ASU:

Tracy Anderson, Community High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Candace Bagwell, Heritage High School, Frisco, Texas

Lisa Biber, Brodhead High School, Brodhead, Wisconsin

Cynthia Brown, Woodland High School, Stockbridge, Georgia.

Travis Durfee, Watkins Glen Central School District, Watkins Glen, New York.

Silean Eaves, School Without Walls at Francis Stevens, Washington, D.C.

Steffi Floch, Taylorsville High School, Taylorsville, Utah

Kristin Garletts, Rio Rancho High School, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Kelly Gastman, Roseville High School, Roseville, California

Annie Gorenstein, Arvada West High School, Arvada, Colorado

Becca Hargis, Campbell High School, Smyrna, Georgia

Angela Hobart, Starkville High School, Starkville, Mississippi

Shelley Job, Hanover-Horton High School, Horton, Michigan

Kari Koshiol, Benilde-St. Margaret's, St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Shannon Kuehmichel, Berlin High School, Berlin, Wisconsin

Laura Medina, Montini Catholic High School, Lombard, Illinois

Ginny Miller, Tupelo High School, Tupelo, Mississippi

Jerry Miller, Sparks High School, Sparks, Nevada

Katie Moreno, Seven Lakes High School, Katy, Texas

Kristen Morey, Fremont High School, Ogden, Utah

Sharon Northington, McCracken County High School, Paducah, Kentucky

Bobby Oliver, San Pasqual High School, Escondido, California

Divona Phillips, Irving High School, Irving, Texas

Krystin Pinckard, Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix

Dana Savage, Innovations Early College High School, Salt Lake City

Luis Senteno, San Diego High School, San Diego

Terry Sheffield, Roy High School, Roy, Utah

Corie Shields, Classical Academy High School, Escondido, California

Jillian Singletary, Harding Fine Arts Academy, Oklahoma City

Cherita Smith, Creative Communications Academy, Calumet City, Illinois

David Strom, North-Grand High School, Chicago

Dave Tow, Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, California

Kenya Vance, Creative Communications Academy, Calumet City, Illinois

Kathryn Wilkins, Kearns High School, Kearns, Utah

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ASU math grad selected for competitive Woodrow Wilson fellowship

June 12, 2014

Arizona State University graduate Bethany Fowler of Uvalde, Texas, is among the first 50 Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows announced this week by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The highly competitive program recruits recent college graduates with strong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) backgrounds to teach those subjects in high-need high schools. Bethany Fowler Download Full Image

New Jersey is one of five states participating in the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. It is funded by a consortium of New Jersey donors, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, with initial funding of $11.4 million.

Fowler just completed her master’s degree in mathematics at Arizona State University’s School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. “In my time at ASU I had the opportunity to study mathematics education with professors Kyeong Roh, Marilyn Carlson and Pat Thompson. This group of individuals is highly experienced and successful in their field, and I learned so much from them about focusing on student understanding.”

Professor Marilyn Carlson says Fowler is an exceptional mathematics instructor: “Her research perspective and genuine curiosity about student thinking and learning is driven by a desire to make mathematics learning accessible to all students, including those who haven’t previously viewed themselves as being mathematically talented. She sets high standards for student learning and supports them in persisting to make sense of novel problems.

“Last semester, a precalculus student came by her office and was upset because Bethany was making her think in her class," says Carlson. "When the student claimed that she had never had to think in a math course before, Bethany politely informed the student that she needed to change her view of mathematics.”

Fowler enjoyed teaching precalculus classes at ASU. “I learned so much by working with so many students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds," she says. "My students continually inspired me to want to teach.”

Fowler and the other Fellows each receive $30,000 to complete a specially designed master’s program based on a yearlong classroom experience. She will attend Rowan University in New Jersey. In return, Fellows commit to teach for three years in urban and rural New Jersey schools most in need of STEM teachers. Fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring throughout their three-year commitment. Fowler will teach math and engineering at Millville High School in Millville, New Jersey.

“I have been paired with two veteran teachers with 12 and 13 years experience each. I feel that working with them in their classrooms over the next school year is an invaluable opportunity to learn how to be an effective teacher,” said Fowler. “I hope to learn as much as possible about helping my future students be as successful as possible.”

“Study after study has shown that the single most important in-school factor in student achievement is access to excellent classroom teachers,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “These fellows are bringing real science and math expertise to the kids who most need them.”

“Bethany will be an exceptional teacher and leader of other teachers. She has strong mathematical abilities and understands how foundational ideas are learned and connected,” said Carlson. “Bethany recognizes that every class of students is unique, and she works tirelessly to support her students in becoming more powerful and confident mathematical thinkers. She doesn’t just teach mathematics, but she teaches students mathematics.”

Fowler is honored to be named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. “I have the opportunity to join a group of highly motivated individuals working together to improve the quality of STEM education for many, many students in this country,” she said.

Rhonda Olson

Manager of Marketing and Communication, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences