Educator Development, Growth & Enrichment (January 2016)

Welcome to the EDGE!

This newsletter is created by the CBEA Instruction and Professional Development Committee, a committee dedicated to promoting the educational objectives of the association. These objectives include fostering the continuous improvement of instruction and curriculum in order to assist each student in realizing his or her maximum potential.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

Do you know a K-6 grade teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Please consider nominating him or her for one of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. PAEMST is the highest honor the United States government bestows for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Award winners receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events, professional development opportunities, and policy-maker meetings; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Anyone—researchers, parents or members of the general public—may nominate a K-6 grade teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website ( To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher’s contact information. The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2016. Please consider nominating outstanding mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers today!

Course Spotlight: Izabella Mazzenga, Bridge Valley Elementary School

Last fall, I took an online art course called “Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers” which is a fully-accredited online graduate class from The Art of Education. This course is a full degree-level accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through our Educational Partnership with Morningside College. This five-week, highly interactive course covers critical art instructional strategies that helped me effectively deliver my content and refined some of my art demonstrations. The class incorporates a variety of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and fibers techniques into lessons you’re already teaching. It helps you use technology and unconventional materials to support and energize your instruction. I would recommend this class to any art instructor looking to take an online class. The class was exceptionally beneficial and relevant to my art teaching profession. Here is a video of what the course is all about!

From CB Staff Development

Staff development is excited for our professional development day on February 4th. As you know, elementary will take place at Tohickon Middle School and secondary will be at CB South. All teachers will attend 4 breakout sessions throughout the day that will be facilitated by teacher leaders, curriculum coordinators, staff developers, and outside presenters. Thank you in advance for registering promptly, and a special thank you to our teacher presenters who are working hard to make this day a valuable experience for everyone. More information regarding specific logistics for the day will be coming soon.

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) Accepting Summer Faculty Applications

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) is a five-year program for underserved New York City students with talent in mathematics. Students begin the program in the summer after 7th grade, with a three-week, residential program on a college campus learning advanced mathematics. All of the program students attend schools where at least 75% of students receive free lunch. For most of them, a program like this would normally be completely out of financial reach. This is the program's sixth year, and nothing quite like BEAM exists elsewhere. The program really changes lives and serves as a model for outreach across the country, while expanding the talent pool for mathematics and related fields. Find more information and the application for this rewarding program here,

Art Teacher Recognized by Pennsylvania Art Education Association

Congratulations to Ms. Danielle Scicluna for being recognized for her work by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association! Danielle's classroom was featured on the PAEA website as the Art Room of the Month. "Students should not be afraid to fail, take risks, and problem solve in my art room. I encourage my students to assume the teacher role, to make discoveries, and to create a community that embodies leadership."

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Featured PSEA Member Benefit: Paycheck Direct Purchase Program

The Paycheck Direct Purchase Program is a new member benefit as of October 2015. The program provides a convenient way to purchase products through electronic deductions The program highlights include:

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  • Payments made over 26 biweekly payments or 12 monthly payments
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About the CBEA Instruction and Professional Development Committee

Please email Lisa Mancini, IPD Chairperson, with questions, comments and suggestions. Contact information listed below.
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