K12 Outreach and Professional Development

Building on the innovative and successful work of the Evergreen Center for Educational Improvement, Evergreen State College’s Teacher Education Programs are expanding professional development offerings for K-12 teachers and staff.

We hope to provide schools with both focused short-term workshops and sustained, long-term partnerships that will help teachers positively impact student learning. We envision creating learning opportunities that will engage teachers in interpreting research findings while exploring effective learning strategies and invite teachers to participate in developing ways to meet state standards while also focusing on social justice and equitable learning opportunities for all students.

Contact us if you are interested in a professional development workshop at your school or district on one of the topics listed below.

Cultural Competence

Gilda L. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheppard has been an educator for 20 years.  For the past ten years she has taught curriculum development and pedagogy for social studies courses in the Bachelor of Arts and Teacher Certification program at Antioch University.  Her emphasis has always been the integration of issues of diversity whether it is race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, immigration, and diversity of ideas in all grade levels and teacher education.  She has given particular attention to disenfranchised youth and their families.  She places issues of social justice as an integral part of diversity. As a sociologist, filmmaker and media literacy educator she also successfully uses new media and media literacy in her classroom instruction.  She was a former member of the Board of the National Media Literacy Education Association where media literacy and the arts across curricula is practiced.

English Language Arts

Workshop Topics

  • Teaching Writing
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Classroom Management
  • Grading in the "Skyward" Age

Jon Davies

Jon Davies has been an educator for 29 years. He was a high school English teacher for 11 years in Encinitas, California, and has been a faculty member in teacher

education programs for the past 18 years. He is a National Writing Project teacher consultant and former director of the Upper Peninsula Writing Project in Marquette, Michigan. He is available to offer professional development for teachers in the areas of writing processes, reading and writing across the curriculum, portfolio development and assessment, and storytelling.

Lester Krupp

Lester Krupp taught high school English in the Yelm Community Schools for 33 years.  He is a National Writing Project teacher-consultant, and former director of the Evergreen Writing Project. He was involved in many departmental, school-wide, and district projects over the years, including curriculum reform, programs for at-risk students, small schools, and writing across the curriculum.

English Language Learners

Dr. Grace Huerta

Prior to her appointment at The Evergreen State College, Grace was an associate professor at Utah State University in the Dept. of Secondary Education. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University, her M.A. (English) from California State University, Los Angeles and her B.A. (English) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Grace also taught secondary English, ESL and Journalism in Los Angeles County for nine years. Grace's teaching and research interests include diversity and cultural studies, ESL/bilingual education, educational foundations, critical theory, whiteness theory and qualitative research methodologies. Her book, "Educational Foundations--Diverse Histories, Diverse Perspectives" was published by Houghton-Mifflin/Cengege in 2009.

ELL Workshop Topics:
Introduction to Language Acquisition and Teaching ELLs (English language learners) for Grades K-12
Introduction to Sheltered/Content Area Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners, Grades K-12
Implementing Multicultural/Diversity Education in the Content Areas, Grades K-12
Introduction to Funds of Knowledge: Using Cultural Capital in the K-12 Classroom
Latinas Unidas: Informal Conversations with Your Latina Students About Familia, Community and College

Dr. Magda Costantino

A native of former Czechoslovakia (currently Slovakia), Dr. Magda Costantino has been working in the area of cultural pluralism and education for diversity throughout her entire adult life.  Her professional career includes teaching in the Department of Bilingual Education at the Pennsylvania State University and in the graduate program in bilingual and multicultural education at the University of Findlay, Ohio.  Dr. Costantino also developed and coordinated an innovative teacher-training program for international teaching assistants at the Pennsylvania State University.  For a number of years, she has served as an academic specialist for the U.S. Information Agency in the area of international teacher training for East and Central Europe.  Prior to her recent retirement, she was the Director of the Evergreen Center for Educational Improvement at The Evergreen State College.  The primary focus of her work was on education reform, with special focus given to the issues of educating English language learners.  She provided technical assistance and support to teachers, curriculum directors and administrators throughout Washington State by conducting numerous workshops focusing on integrated, conceptually-based curriculum development and assessment of student learning.  In December 2001, the Thurston County Diversity Committee awarded Dr. Costantino was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions in promoting human rights and cultural diversity.  In June 2005, Dr. Costantino was awarded the David Douglas Award by the Washington State Historical Society for the Northwest Native American Reading Curriculum, a significant contribution to Washington State and local history.
Dr. Costantino is the principal author and co-author of two research reports on teaching reading to second language learners and Native American students, published by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Based on extensive research in the area of applied linguistics, early reading development and effective practices in Native American education, Dr. Costantino spearheaded a collaborative, culturally appropriate early reading development project for Native American learners in grades K-2.  Dr. Costantino directed an innovative community-based history and culture curriculum development project for Washington Native American Tribes.  Her curriculum development process has been used in the development of the state-wide curriculum on tribal sovereignty.  Dr. Costantino holds a Master of Arts in English and Spanish, a Master of Education in Spanish and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  She is a speaker of five languages.

ELL Workshop Topics:
Effective practices working with Native American Learners: Lessons from research
Developing Community-based Native American History and Culture Curriculum: Lessons Learned
Reading and English Language Learners: Lessons from Research

Mathemathics

Sunshine Campbell, Ph.D

Dr. Sunshine Campbell is a former middle school and high school mathematics teacher and currently holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught mathematics and computer programming for 8 years in public schools and internationally before going back to graduate school at the University of Washington. Her focus in graduate school was on teacher education, both new and continuing teacher education. She has worked with many public school teachers across the state in several capacities such as instructional coaching, facilitating lesson studies (Studio Lessons), and providing content-specific professional development and equity-pedagogy focused professional development. Her experience has spanned kindergarten through high school mathematics including AP Calculus and AP Statistics. Currently, Dr. Campbell teaches in the Master in Teaching program at The Evergreen State College.

Dr. Campbell will collaborate with your district or school in order to develop a professional development plan that meets the needs of the individual teachers. She has prior experience leading PD sessions using Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI), Algebraic Thinking (Driscoll), and Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI).

Krishna Chowdary, Ph.D

Mr. Krishna Chowdary is an experimental physicist who teaches math and physics at the Evergreen State College. Previously, he taught at Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania, where he worked with the Science in Motion initiative, offering high quality professional development and support to in-service teachers, especially on how to incorporate technology into teaching. He serves on the Evergreen Science Carnival Steering Committee, which provides the largest local opportunity to the South Sound community, including schools, to experience hands-on science and research presentations. He is the president of the Washington Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for 2009 - 2010, and serves on the Committee on Minorities at AAPT's national level.

Professor Chowdary can offer workshops and in-service opportunities to math and science (physics, chemistry, physical science) teachers at the K12 level, especially on incorporating inquiry-based methods into various teaching styles and situations, connecting the Washington State Math and Science Standards to class-room practice, helping teachers develop, update or refresh pedagogical content knowledge, and incorporating computers and technology into math and science teaching.

He can help teachers develop integrated activities to be done during regular class time or lab time, both from low-tech to high-tech implementation, especially on video analysis of motion. He can help teachers learn how to navigate the latest findings in physics education research, math education research, and cognitive science research as applied to teaching and learning. He looks forward to the opportunity to work closely with K12 math and science teachers.

Paul R. McCreary, Ph.D

"I believe that everyone can develop skills in math and can actually have fun discovering the genius within themselves. Currently I am working with a group of college students to create 3D animations of protein interactions. I am also working with high school and middle school teachers in Tacoma to increase the diversity and success of students in science and math classes. I have found collaboration during class sessions an especially effective way for students to learn."

Paul McCreary earned a B.S. in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MAT in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an M.S. in Computational Math and Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught high school for 9 years in Illinois, college in Louisiana and Washington, and has helped practicing and pre-service teachers learn how to bring collaborative practices into their classrooms.

Reading

Jon Davies

Jon Davies has been an educator for 29 years. He was a high school English teacher for 11 years in Encinitas, California, and has been a faculty member in teacher education programs for the past 18 years. He is a National Writing Project teacher consultant and former director of the Upper Peninsula Writing Project in Marquette, Michigan. He is available to offer professional development for teachers in the areas of writing processes, reading and writing across the curriculum, portfolio development and assessment, and storytelling.

Lester Krupp

Lester Krupp taught high school English in the Yelm Community Schools for 33 years.  He is a National Writing Project teacher-consultant, and former director of the Evergreen Writing Project. He was involved in many departmental, school-wide, and district projects over the years, including curriculum reform, programs for at-risk students, small schools, and writing across the curriculum.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:
Teaching Writing
Writing Across the Curriculum
Classroom Management
Grading in the "Skyward" Age

Science

Dr. Dharshi Bopegedera

Dr. Dharshi Bopegedera is a chemistry professor at The Evergreen State College and has taught there for 18 years. One of her passions is to bring science to the local community. She volunteers twice a year at the Olympia Public Library to do hands-on science labs in addition to working with local school teachers to bring science to their classrooms. She engages her college students in these activities as well because she believes that teaching is the best way to learn. She serves on the Science Carnival Organization Committee at The Evergreen State College, which brings many school children to The Evergreen State College campus in the spring quarter for a day of science. She has served on the Seattle Archdiocesan School Board for the past 5 years. She is available to offer professional development for teachers to provide expertise in hands-on labs in the classroom.

Krishna Chowdary

Mr. Krishna Chowdary is an experimental physicist who teaches math and physics at the Evergreen State College. Previously, he taught at Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania, where he worked with the Science in Motion initiative, offering high quality professional development and support to in-service teachers, especially on how to incorporate technology into teaching. He serves on the Evergreen Science Carnival Steering Committee, which provides the largest local opportunity to the South Sound community, including schools, to experience hands-on science and research presentations. He is the president of the Washington Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) for 2009 - 2010, and serves on the Committee on Minorities at AAPT's national level.

Professor Chowdary can offer workshops and in-service opportunities to math and science (physics, chemistry, physical science) teachers at the K12 level, especially on incorporating inquiry-based methods into various teaching styles and situations, connecting the Washington State Math and Science Standards to class-room practice, helping teachers develop, update or refresh pedagogical content knowledge, and incorporating computers and technology into math and science teaching.

He can help teachers develop integrated activities to be done during regular class time or lab time, both from low-tech to high-tech implementation, especially on video analysis of motion. He can help teachers learn how to navigate the latest findings in physics education research, math education research, and cognitive science research as applied to teaching and learning. He looks forward to the opportunity to work closely with K12 math and science teachers.