Poughkeepsie Public Schools Teachers Association President Debbie Kardas saw her face on the big screen at the opening session of the AFT TEACH conference today heralding the announcement that her district won a $150,000 AFT Innovation Fund grant to build exemplary Common Core lesson plans for middle school and high school English language learners.
Poughkeepsie’s six ESL teachers and a coach are working this summer to develop and videotape the lesson plans. The lesson plans will be produced and shared with teachers across the nation through a partnership with public television station WETA and its Colorin Colorado website — a bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners.
Poughkeepsie is one of six locals involved in NYSUT’s Innovation Initiative that pioneered a model teacher evaluation and development system.
NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira said this latest grant is a great example of teachers leading the way in implementing the Common Core Learning Standards. Educators are eager for research-based, teacher-developed classroom materials, and Poughkeepsie’s work will certainly help fill the void.