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Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Reichenberg on being named a 2017 Reading Hall of Fame Emerging Scholar Fellow! (July 2017)

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Reichenberg on being named a 2017 Reading Hall of Fame Emerging Scholar Fellow!  Two fellowships are awarded annually to support scholars by pairing them with Reading Hall of Fame mentors and helping them maintain their focus on research and publication.  Dr. Reichenberg has been paired with SchoolRise co-founder and Reading Fall of Fame member Dr. Taffy Raphael.  Her current research focuses on literacy coaching at the secondary level.  

Dr. Jennifer Reichenberg is a New York-based SchoolRise consultant who specializes in literacy curriculum, instruction, and leadership. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Education at Medaille College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning with a specialization in Literacy. 

Kamakau Kumu (May 2017)

Here are some of the Kamakau teachers with their professional portfolios.  They recently finished up data collection and analysis to be used in their Educator Evaluation System, which SchoolRise helped them develop.

Keep On Keepin’ On, Knapp Elementary! (June 2017)

On May 31, Knapp teachers gathered to evaluate evidence they collected during the piloting of their performance tasks this year. Knapp is working in Level 4 of the Seven Levels to Success and preparing for Level 5, at which time they will pilot their assessment system and begin organizing their staircase curriculum in reading.

Thank you, Baldwin Community Schools, for 4 incredible years of partnership! (May 2017)

Thank you, Baldwin Community Schools, for 4 incredible years of partnership! There have been many successes, challenges, and fun times. Baldwin Community Schools, under the stellar leadership of Dr. Stiles Simmons, began the Standards Based Change Process and 7 Levels to Success in 2013. It is our great privilege to support their work and share in their many successes. #7levelstosuccess

SchoolRise is proud to sponsor Imerman Angels (May 2017)

We were honored to attend the ‘Angels on Fifth’ event in support of Imerman Angels in Royal Oak, MI this week.  SchoolRise is proud to sponsor the outstanding organization and thankful for all they do to support those touched by cancer.

Pictured (L-R): Karen Rist, Daryl Robbins, Kate Weber, and Sarah Williams

Meet our newest consultant, Julie! (March 2017)

Dr. Julie German-Murrey is a Michigan-based SchoolRise consultant who specializes in school leadership and school improvement. She worked with diverse learners in a variety of middle school settings (rural to urban) for 13 years as a language arts teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She received a Doctorate of Education with a focus in Leadership from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. She also has a Master of Education with a focus in Leadership and a Master of Arts with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. Julie’s favorite quote related to education is from Rita Pierson: “Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” SchoolRise couldn’t be more excited about having another incredible consultant supporting our Michigan customers!

Award Presented to Dr. Kathryn Au at LRA’s Annual Conference (December 2016)

At LRA’s Annual Conference last month, Dr. Taffy Raphael had the honor of presenting the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award to her dear friend and colleague, Dr. Kathryn Au. The purpose of this annual award is to honor, in P. David Pearson’s name, the author(s) of an article/chapter/book written at least 5 years prior to the nomination, that has demonstrably and positively influenced/impacted literacy practices and/or policies within district, school and/or classroom settings.

Receiving the Pearson award recognizes the influence of Kathy’s 1981 RRQ publication, based on her dissertation examining instructional conversations with Native Hawaiian children. This quote from her nomination letter captures the magnitude of her contribution: “The nominated article is not just a seminal text or a necessary read, it is revolutionary. It launched a movement that Dr. Au has dedicated her career toward advancing. As a consequence, culturally responsive pedagogy is a central concern of multiple policy briefs, published both nationally and by a range of states. Thanks to the line of research, practitioner effect, and policy work that was spurred by this specific article, students from all backgrounds are receiving improved instruction as the field of education continues to build upon the knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy.”

Dr. Fenice Boyd earned distinguished award! (December 2016)

At the LRA Conference in Nashville, TN, our dear colleague and friend, Dr. Fenice Boyd, was presented with the Albert J. Kingston Service Award. A colleague said this about her: “Dr. Boyd’s track record clearly demonstrates evidence of a strong commitment of service to LRA throughout her career at different levels of the organization. She is an outstanding scholar who understands the value of service to LRA and has made time to make appreciable contributions to the organization. Without a doubt she is very deserving of the Albert J. Kingston Award.”