We have a big announcement to share with the SDW Staff and the community of Waukesha.
Kathy Miller, an instructor at the Waukesha Transition Academy, has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator for the Class of 2015.
The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) program is a highly selective program that honors educators who have made meaningful use of technology, coupled with high quality instructional practices, in their classrooms to transform their students' educational experiences.
We asked Kathy to guest blog this week and share a bit more about herself, about being selected for this honor, and about what she is doing in her classroom with technology.
This video from Kathy Miller is a reflection on her work with students and how she builds community and student voice in her classroom.
Becoming an ADE: Blog Post by Kathy Miller
This honor is the result of participating in as much of the rich and relevant professional development SDW offers as I could. We are fortunate to have such dynamic teachers willing to share their time and talents. I share my class resources with the young adults and we could not have come this far without those teachers.
My application (for ADE) included written information and a video clip. Describing the transformation of my learning environment started with talking to some of our veteran participants; “How has your learning changed?” They were not shy talking about fear of failure, being laughed at or being the only one not to understand. From there I was able to do something I love to do: tell people about the hard work, along with spectacular works, young adults have accomplished.
There is a commitment to being an active member of the ADE community and sharing experiences. On July 9-14, I will attend the ADE Institute. Until we can register, we do not know the scope of our adventure, but in looking at past ADE Institutes I am awestruck. The part that impressed the young adults the most was the format is very similar to Apple events; we have watched a few. I cannot wait to learn new tools, ideas and collaborate with people from the Americas group (Canada, Latin America & United States). I have promised to FaceTime young adults when I can or at least make a podcast or two. They know I will because they are part of this adventure too. The feeling of excitement, overwhelmedness, gratitude, and panic come and go at this point. In the ADE portal we are told often that it is a life changing event. I cannot wait!