has its first teacher-in-residence
By Charlotte Crystal
U.Va. Center for Science,
Mathematics and Engineering Education has begun an Educator-in-Residence
program that gives an elementary school teacher the opportunity
to take time off from regular classroom duties to research
new instructional methods and share them with other area teachers.
As part of the program, co-sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation and
Albemarle County, Jill Cragg, the first teacher to hold this post,
is co-teaching a course at the Curry School of Education with
professor Maria Timmerman, as well as studying there. She'll also
attend state and national mathematics and science education conferences.
on effective teaching methods are engineering professor Kathryn
Thornton (left), and elementary science teacher Jill Cragg.
the lead science teacher at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, is spending
her year-long leave of absence traveling to elementary schools
throughout Albemarle, offering suggestions, procuring new materials,
and fueling the fire of classroom teachers.
educator-in-residence is a bridge between the University and the
community," said Kathryn Thornton, director of the Center
for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education. "Jill
helps us strengthen ties between theory and practice by sharing
her expertise and classroom experiences with college students,
giving prospective teachers firsthand knowledge of how to apply
their learning to actual classrooms. She also brings new ideas
about teaching and learning to Albemarle County's elementary schools."
with third-, fourth- and fifth-grade math teachers, Cragg is helping
to plan, implement and evaluate the best methods of teaching the
math concepts and skills required by the state's Standards of
Learning. Cragg is concentrating her efforts at four county elementary
schools: Agnor-Hurt, Scottsville, Stone-Robinson and Yancey.
has been extremely helpful researching new materials and methods
to share with classroom teachers who are stretched for time,²
said Marlene Robinson, K-12 instructional coordinator in mathematics
for Albemarle County schools. "She's done co-teaching and
provided one-on-one professional development for teachers, helping
them see where new ideas fit in with the curriculum and with the
of Cragg's salary is paid by Alcoa, a quarter is paid by U.Va.,
and the other quarter is paid by Albemarle. "I hope we can
expand this partnership between U.Va., Albemarle County and the
Alcoa Foundation in the future," Thornton said.