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Past Award Recipients

2011
Nancy Iverson and Pat Wiedel

Professional Learning Advocacy Award


This award has been established to recognize an individual who shows exceptional support for high-quality professional development.
    Recipient: Dr. Nancy Ryan Iverson, University of VA,
    Assistant Dean for K-12 Education and Director of the Center for K-12 Education, University of Virginia, School of Professional and Continuing Studies

    Contact information: nri5s@virginia.edu

    Nominated by: Dr. Billy Cannady and Dr. Steward Roberson at UVA. Pam Roland was the key contact at pamroland@gmail.com
Nancy Iverson has decades of service to public schools in a variety of roles, but is most recently the Assistant Dean for K-12 Education and the Director of the Center for K-12 Education at the University of Virginia's School of Continuing Studies. As one of her nominators, Dr. Stewart Roberson, from the University of Virginia, wrote, "Indeed, I am truly impressed that Nancy continually derives her own inspiration from the knowledge, skills, and experiences she acquired through her formal training and, particularly, through her keen understandings of how we must invest in the quality development of those called to teach and lead."

A second nominator, Dean Billy Cannaday, shares a variety of professional development-focused resources and programs begun by Dr. Iverson including:
  • the SCPS K-12 Advisory Council for the development of collaborative partnerships and opportunities to share best practices across the state
  • Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence for education leaders
  • The Virginia affiliate for Learning Forward
These programs and resources highlight Dr. Iverson's understanding of the need for high-quality professional development for our teachers and leaders and her recognition of the variety of ways in which meaningful teacher development can occur.


Professional Learning Team Award


This award recognizes a team of educators who has developed action through teamwork that has resulted in a collaborative school culture that increases student learning.
    Recipient: Riverbend High School, Spotsylvania County Public Schools

    Contact information: Bryan Lutterbie, School Improvement Chair, Math Department Chair, Teacher blutterb@hs.scs.k12.va.us
    Troy Wright, RHS Principal
    Eric Wright, Asst. Principal
    Christine Rogucki, Asst. Principal
    Amber Belako, Asst. Principal
    Rod Goode, Asst. Principal
    Katie Breth, Asst. Principal
    Joanne Rahm, Asst. Principal

    Nominated by: Annmarie Mulholland at amulholland@scs.k12.va.us" and Jan Streich at jstreich@scs.k12.va.us
According to Jan Streich, Director of Instructional Technology and Professional Learning, "Members of Riverbend High School's staff have embraced the national professional learning standards and through professional communities of practice are working very hard to develop teacher-led, embedded professional learning throughout their culture." AnnMarie Mulholland, former ITRT at the school and current Secondary English Coordinator in Spotsylvania, further explains that the school formed a Professional Learning CLAW (Collaborative Leaders at Work) which goes along with their school mascot the bear. This CLAW began with some culture-building steps including the creation of "a teacher professional learning rubric to allow teachers to reflect on their own strengths and areas in need of growth." These reflections are then used in teacher goal-setting with their administrators. Surveys on school culture and needs allowed the CLAW to determine initial steps for the development of professional learning courses for all teachers. The culture that has been developed at Riverbend High School is one that is conducive for both teacher and student learning and development.


School Administrator Professional Learning Award


This award recognizes a school administrator who ensures that every educator in his/her school engages in effective professional learning so every student achieves.
    Recipient #1: Mrs. Guylene Wood-Setzer,
    Montgomery County Public Schools, Principal, Auburn Middle School

    Contact information: gwood@mcps.org

    Nominated by: Judy Barylske at jbarylske@mcps.org
According to one nominator, "Ms. Wood-Setzer has a passion for her own learning, for the learning of the staff, and most of all, for the learning of the students of Auburn Middle School." In order to promote this focus on learning for all members of the school community, Ms. Wood-Setzer brought the concept of Professional Learning Communities to Auburn. She personally meets with each PLC twice a month to discuss student performance data and research-based practices and to analyze trends. To facilitate the work of the PLCs, Ms. Wood-Setzer helped them develop needed characteristics such as effective collaborative communication skills, a focus on common goals, and processes for ensuring that everyone's opinion is given a voice. As a result of this focus on community and common goals, Auburn, a former low-performing school is now consistently the division's highest performing middle school.

Melvina Michie and Pat Wiedel
    Recipient #2: Mrs. Melvina Michie,
    Principal, Dumfries Elementary, Prince William County Schools

    Contact information: michiemb@pwcs.edu

    Nominated by: Michele Sims at mfsims@fcps.edu Principal, Fairfax County Public Schools
"The collaborative culture encouraged and developed at the school allows staff to address data driven issues and collectively address the identified areas of student need." This culture has been enhanced by Ms. Michie through her modeling of lifelong learning, her careful monitoring of implementation of professional learning in classrooms in her school, and her practical steps to encourage collaboration. One such step includes establishing a schedule that provides teams with common planning time needed to review student data collaboratively and determine interventions and next steps. Another example is seen in encouragement for teams and/or individuals to lead professional development components during faculty and team meetings. This collaborative culture focused on learning has helped the Dumfries faculty promote instruction that has led the school to be fully accredited for the past four years and be awarded numerous awards for excellence.


Andrea Lund and Pat Wiedel

Teacher-Leader Professional Learning Award


Brad-Bizzell and Pat Wiedel

Professional Development Research Award

    Recipient: Dr. Brad Bizzell,
    School Improvement Coordinator, Virginia Tech Training and Technical Assistance Center

    Contact information: bbizzell@vt.edu

    Nominated by: Dr. Patty Bickley bickley@vt.edu and Helen Barrier hbarrier@vt.edu, Virginia Tech T-TAC
Brad Bizzell's recent research has focused on the nature of professional development for principals in rural schools in Appalachia. Following national trends, he analyzed the principals' responses based on three key components: the extent to which the professional development was on-going, job-embedded, and connected to school improvement goals. Cultural factors that may have influenced the degree to which these three components were realized were considered and several areas for future research were noted, all of which can provide additional key information for further enhancing professional development offerings for teachers and leaders including: (1) role of school division leadership in principal development; (2) use of distance technology for principal professional development; and (3) relationships between professional development designed for teachers and that which is designed for instructional leaders.

Brad is able to translate his research into practice through exemplary relationships with teachers and school leaders throughout Regions 6 and 7 as a professional developer who provides coaching and critical conversations focused on improving practice.

With Brad's past experience as an elementary principal and his current T/TAC role of working with educators in Regions 6 & 7, he is able to translate his research into practice through exemplary relationships with teachers and school leaders as a professional developer who provides coaching and critical conversations focused on improving practice.

2010

Professional Learning Advocacy Award

Jerri Adams was awarded the established to recognize an individual who shows exceptional support for high-quality professional development.

Stephanie Hirsch and Jerri Adams
Pictured (left to right): Stephanie Hirsch, Executive Director, Learning Forward and Jerri Adams, Director of Special Education, Wise County Public Schools

School Administrator Professional Learning Award

This award recognizes a school administrator who ensures that every educator in his/her school engages in effective professional learning so every student achieves.

Stephanie Hirsch,JoAnne Baker and Pat Wiedel
Pictured (left to right): Stephanie Hirsch, Executive Director, Learning Forward, JoAnne Baker, Principal, Rocky Run Elementary, Stafford County Public Schools, Pat Wiedel, VSDC President


Professional Learning Team Award

This award recognizes a team of educators who has developed action through teamwork that has resulted in a
collaborative school culture that increases student learning.

This team was chosen because it has put into practice the strategies learned in the VSDC Coaching Academy.
They have developed a strong coaching program and effective instructional team. Their efforts continue to be focused on curriculum, classroom instruction and assessment, use of data, professional development and coaching, intervention, collaboration and family connections.

Stephanie Hirsch and the 2010 Learning Team Winners

Professional Learning Team: Laburnum Elementary School and Henrico County Public Schools

Pictured (left to right): Stephanie Hirsch, Executive Director: Learning Forward, Kevin Paris, Title I Math Specialist, Ingrid G. Grant, Principal,
Nicole Kurz-McDowell, Title I Reading Specialist, Whitney Prusek, Title I Reading Specialist, Peronica Carter, Title I Math Specialist
Barbara Stevenson, VSDC, Professional Services Learning Chair