Greenwood High School math teacher Holly Milam-Bush is one of only 200 educators selected for the LearnZillion "Dream Team" that will work this summer on ideas and tools to improve teaching and assessment.
More than 4,000 educators applied for the 200 spots available on the 2014 Dream Team, making it harder to get onto the Dream Team than to get into any Ivy League school. Selected for their content knowledge, grit and humility, these impressive math and English Language Arts (ELA) teachers represent the best of district, charter and independent schools in 42 states and three countries (U.S., Singapore and Tunisia). Together, the 2014 Dream Team has more than 2,300 years of teaching experience, ranging from two to 42 years in the classroom.
The Dream Team will convene in New Orleans for TeachFest, a unique professional development event from June 4-7, where they will kick-off a rigorous summer-long collaboration to create high-quality formative assessment tools and resources that will support teachers implementing the Common Core across the United States. Following TeachFest, Dream Team members will return to their respective districts and continue to work in facilitated online professional learning communities (PLCs).
LearnZillion is dedicated to championing teachers and supporting their ongoing professional development. Teachers develop expertise and insights while working with students, and have exceptional ideas for how to improve classroom learning. However, they have never been able to integrate that expertise into a curriculum that keeps getting better. We believe that empowering teachers to collaborate and share best practices creates new possibilities for students, and the profession.