Stanford University

School of Education

Stanford Summer Teaching Institute

August 3-6, 2009

2009 Stanford Summer Teaching Institute


Institute Schedule

Session Descriptions

Special Session for Administrators

Session Facilitators

Keynote Speaker




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Morning Sessions

Knowledge of Mathematics for Teaching
Instructors: Hilda Borko is a professor in the Stanford University School of Education. She designs and implements professional development workshops for mathematics teachers, and studies the impact of professional development on teacher knowledge and instructional practices.

Erin Baldinger is a doctoral student in mathematics education in the Stanford University School of Education. Before coming to graduate school, she taught middle school mathematics, including Pre-algebra, Algebra, and Geometry.

The Glamour of Grammar: Mechanics, Style, and the Art of Persuasion
Instructor: Rod Taylor is a lecturer in The Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. Before earning his doctorate, he was a middle school and high school English teacher.

Teaching with Primary Sources: From Archive to Lesson Plan
Instructor: Daisy Martin, a former high school history and civics teacher, is currently the co-Director of the National History Education Clearinghouse and the Stanford History Education Group.

Principles and Practices of Effective Mentoring
Instructors: Christa Compton is a Postdoctoral Fellow and instructor for STEP, where she supervises teacher candidates and conducts research related to supervision and mentoring.

Kelly Bikle is a Clinical Associate for STEP Elementary. She supervises teacher candidates, mentors beginning teachers, and provides support for cooperating teachers and supervisors.

Providing Feedback that Improves Student Learning
Instructor: Peter W. Williamson is an assistant professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco. A former middle and high school English and journalism teacher, Peter studies the teaching and learning of practice, teacher professional development, and urban education. He is the founding director of the The Stanford Summer Teaching Institute.

Afternoon Sessions

Using and Teaching with Digital Technology
Christine Alfano is an Assistant Director for Stanford's Program in Writing & Rhetoric and also serves as the Technology Specialist for the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric Project, which connects students from countries worldwide through blogging and video conferencing. She specializes in teaching courses on visual culture and digital rhetoric and is, with Dr. Alyssa O'Brien, the co-author of the Envision textbook series (Pearson), which focuses using on visual rhetoric to teach analysis, writing and research.

Hands On Learning in the Science Classroom
Instructor: Octavio J. Rodríguez is a teacher of Biology and Integrated Science at Sequoia High School, Redwood City. He has 20 years experience as an educator, including eight years as a teacher of ELL life science for high school students and eight years as a mentor and professional development coordinator for the San Mateo County Office of Education biotechnology education program, Gene Connection.

Moving All Students Forward! Leveraging Differentiated Instruction to Increase Academic Success
Instructor: Laura Gschwend, Ed. D., NBCT is the Coordinator of California Professional Development for the New Teacher Center at University of California, Santa Cruz. She develops curriculum and trains secondary mentors in the areas of differentiated instruction and literacy.

Teaching with Contemporary Children's Literature
Instructor: Jennifer Lynn Wolf, a former high school English teacher, is a lecturer in the Stanford School of Education. Her interests include the role of literature and the arts in learning.