Teacher Leadership

Challenging stereotypes, changing lives

By myralopez on October 25, 2017 in College Access, Science, Teacher Leadership

Located at the southernmost tip of Texas, the Rio Grande Valley is at some points less than a mile from Mexico’s border. While it is home to some of the poorest counties in the country, it’s one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. That growth amounts to more than 340,000 students...

Integrating computer science in schools

By myralopez on October 15, 2017 in STEM, STEMpact, Teacher Leadership

More than 100 years before the invention of the modern computer, the idea of computer programming existed. Created by a gifted mathematician named Ada Lovelace who wrote instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. “The takeaway from her work is that computational thinking is not...

Battling misconceptions of teaching evolution

By myralopez on September 15, 2017 in Science, STEM, Teacher Leadership

Teacher Deirdre “Didi” Noelker climbs up on a stool and grabs an animal skull from atop a cabinet. It’s a replica of a saber-toothed cat. A gift from her husband. “The more I teach, the more I realize evolution weaves through everything I teach in biology,” says Noelker, as she cradles the skull....

Hawthorn teacher named PBS Digital Innovator

By myralopez on May 15, 2017 in Charter Schools, Teacher Leadership

Growing up, Andrea Woods was the person everybody in her family turned to for technology issues –  whether it was setting up the VCR to record or finding her grandmother’s favorite radio station in the car. That early problem solving experience laid the foundation for what has become her life’s p...