Dennis Pawlikowski, a math teacher at Oswego Middle School in the Oswego City School District, spent June 4-7 in New Orleans participating in TeachFest, a unique professional development event focused on creating high-quality Common Core curricular resources.
Pawlikowski attended the event as part of LearnZillion’s Dream Team of 200 talented math and English language arts teachers.
At TeachFest, the Dream Team kicked-off a rigorous summer-long collaboration with educators from around the country — deepening their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and gathering best practices as input for their work with LearnZillion.
Dream Team members have now returned to their respective districts to continue their work as part of a LearnZillion-facilitated digital professional learning community.
“I had two colleagues go to TeachFest, and they both raved about the networking impact where you can work with people who are very motivated to do exactly what you want to do,” said Pawlikowski.
“Dennis, like every member of our Dream Team, has embraced this challenging professional learning opportunity because he is passionate about developing his practice and scaling his impact for the benefit of teachers and students around the world,” said Eric Westendorf, LearnZillion CEO.
“It is an honor to work with and to champion talented, impact-oriented educators like Dennis,” Westendorf said.
The diverse 2014 Dream Team members were selected from a competitive pool of 4,000 applicants. They represent 42 states, three countries (U.S., Singapore and Tunisia) and more than 2,300 years of teaching experience, ranging from two to 42 years in the classroom.
LearnZillion champions teachers and provides schools and districts with an effective bridge to the Common Core.
More than 400,000 teachers now use the LearnZillion platform. Customers include District of Columbia Public Schools, Syracuse City Public Schools, the Delaware Department of Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education and various school consortia throughout the United States.
Founded in 2011 by two former teachers, LearnZillion is onFast Company’s World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.
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