Collaboration is vital to successful teaching. During my time as a second, third, and fourth grade teacher I successfully collaborated with colleagues, parents, and community members. In my time at William & Mary I have collaborated with classmates, professors, community members, and even fellow gifted education advocates around the world! I feel like my professors in my program have done an incredible job of pushing me to become a teacher-leader. I didn't know if I would like this role, but I am finding it exciting and rewarding.

Examples of Collaboration during my program at William & Mary:

With colleagues
  • I have completed several group projects in my education courses and have informally helped a few classmates by providing feedback on lesson plans and papers.
  • For Project Civis, I collaboratively planned units for our research demonstration grant in middle school history.

With professors
  • I recently co-presented with Dr. Carol Tieso at the National Association for Gifted Children national conference in Atlanta, GA on modifying history instruction for gifted learners.
  • I co-authored an article with Dr. Jeremy Stoddard that has been submitted for peer review and will hopefully be published.
  • Project Civis unit planning was truly a collaborative effort amongst professors and graduate assistants. It was an incredible learning opportunity! We continue to work collaboratively to collect data and communicate with teachers.

With community members
  • While researching for the Civis units, I worked with some wonderful folks at Colonial Williamsburg. They proved to be extraordinarily helpful!
  • While researching for my thesis, I was able to contact experts on historical interpretation and conduct a phone interview.
  • I keep up to date on advocacy issues and other concerns of the gifted and talented teaching and learning community via a variety of social networking tools, such as twitter, facebook, and blogging. It's powerful to see parents, educators, and other advocates from all over the world come together to discuss the issues of our field.