Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Daviess County Educators Attend State Conference

dcps3 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (2/27/14) – Three Daviess County Public Schools educators recently participated in the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers conference in Lexington, sponsored by The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky.

Jana Bryant, who serves the district as math staff developer; Heidi Givens, itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing; and Michelle Ruckdeschel, who teaches mathematics at Beacon Central High School, attended the Jan. 25 event dedicated to honoring and celebrating teacher leaders across Kentucky.

The event provided an opportunity to share and learn from colleagues, get connected to resources, and enhance inspiration for the teaching profession.

The program was also designed to help teachers become more effective leaders in the classroom and beyond, and to support the kinds of instructional shifts needed to achieve Common Core State Standards.

DCPS Superintendent Owens Saylor said, “We are so proud of the work of our teachers and the leadership they demonstrate, in and out of the classroom. Teaching has become an incredibly complex job and we must have leaders like these willing to step forward and share their ability and expertise on behalf of improving our profession.”

Bryant, Givens and Ruckdeschel were among educators who attended and facilitated breakout sessions and engaged in conversations as part of “colleague circles,” small groups of educators coming together to discuss topics relevant to their profession.

Breakout sessions were focused on exploring opportunities for advocacy, improve practices through collaboration, identifying key strategies to transform teacher leadership, sharing personal journeys and talking about college and career readiness.

Bryant, who is a Hope Street Group Kentucky Teaching Fellow, said, “Teachers must elevate and celebrate our profession. Every student deserves a highly effective teacher. This conference highlighted how important it is to create and to redefine teacher leadership positions within our schools. We have to be a voice for our students and our schools to help guide our policy-makers.”

“Participation in this event helped me to better define what a teacher leader is, and that all teachers have leadership capabilities,” said Givens, who was the 2013 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year." "I learned strategies for promoting teacher voice in order to advocate for high quality education. I will be able to better guide parents and educators of students who are deaf and hard of hearing on how to have their voices heard for equal access to instruction and implementation of the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.”

Ruckdeschel, who was honored as the 2013-14 DCPS Great Expectations Teaching Excellence/High School Teacher of the Year, said she benefited from positive and energetic collaboration with other teachers.

“It was inspiring and fun to see the creativity and knowledge embodied within those individuals,” she said. “As a classroom teacher, I gained knowledge of several different technology apps to utilize for my students; great ideas that could make me more efficient; and some innovative practices I can lead within my school to benefit the staff and student body. The conversations with other leaders were priceless.”

DCPS Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Julie Clark was supportive of the educators’ attendance at this event. “I am so pleased that Jana, Heidi and Michelle were able to participate in the ECET2 KY conference. These teachers have a great deal of expertise to share with others and always welcome the opportunity to continue their own professional learning.”

“This conference provided outlets for both – a win/win!”

SurfKY News
Information provided by Lora Wimsatt

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Three Injured in Single-Car Collision

DUNMOR, Ky. (9/14/14) ― Three people were injured after a single-vehicle collision occurred on U.S. 431 three miles… Read More

Archaeology Field School at Land Between The Lakes

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (9/14/14) — Land Between The Lakes will host an Archaeology Field School for youth ages 10 through 13… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

September 12, 2014 16095

Woman's Body Found in Theater Day After…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
September 10, 2014 8001

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Police Capture…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
September 10, 2014 4085

Hopkins, Webster Men Arrested for Meth by…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
September 10, 2014 3901

Woman Accused of Trying to Give Child…

in Top Stories by Det. Otis Chamberlain
September 13, 2014 2935

MPD Responds to a Disturbance at Baptist…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

September 10, 2014 8001

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Police Capture…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
September 10, 2014 3901

Woman Accused of Trying to Give Child…

in Top Stories by Det. Otis Chamberlain
September 13, 2014 2935

MPD Responds to a Disturbance at Baptist…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 11, 2014 2421

Suspect Arrested for Possession of…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 11, 2014 1931

Three Injured in Early Morning Two-Car…

in Top Stories by Officer Falon Graham

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

September 10, 2014 2077

Owensboro Police Department Activity…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
September 10, 2014 1912

Randy Lanham, Marty Brown, Team Up for…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 10, 2014 1551

Owensboro Police Conduct Investigations

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
September 11, 2014 1234

Owensboro Police Department Activity…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
September 11, 2014 1208

Owensboro Parks Plans Fall Day Camp

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

September 11, 2014 2918

Subject of Officer-Involved Shooting…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
September 10, 2014 2800

School System's New Finance Officer Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 10, 2014 2530

School System's Request for $5.5M Falls…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 11, 2014 2172

Two Accidents Occur on U.S. 62 Within…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
September 11, 2014 1704

Job Corps Students Volunteer with…

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06