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Congratulations Matthew Wysock, NWPE Grant Winner
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 12, 2014, 04:07 AM   

matthew wysockDescribing the impact of the grant, Mr. Wysock stated, “I teach in a small rural school and I am the district’s only science teacher. As such, providing the funding needed to purchase these materials will ultimately impact every student in the district for many years to come. However, they will also benefit other students in neighboring rural districts. I have been collaborating with two other teachers to organize a group launch. Other teachers have expressed an interest in participating as well. We are sharing equipment, programming, materials and expertise with these teachers in order to expand the program.” 

Raising his own professionalism and that of his colleagues is important to Matthew.  “As a science teacher I teach my students that part of the scientific method is to share their research with peers. Science is a collaborative effort and advancements are made only when scientists share the results of their experiments. This is also true of education. When I attend workshops and conferences the best sessions are those that are presented by other teachers. When I read articles in professional journals those that are written by teachers are the most helpful. A colleague of mine once told me that he believed teachers must become regular authors and presenters. This should be part of our job. As a facilitator for a professional learning community, I have come to the conclusion that we are our own best resource and educational solutions are not to be found in new standards, testing or legislative mandates. The solutions come from the collaborative work of educators working toward the common goal of improving education for all students. When teachers author papers and present their work they elevate themselves to the level of scientists, researchers and mentors. They take control of the flow of information and take control of educational reform.” 

We appreciate Matt’s dedication to advancing the achievement of his students and of the field of education as well!

 

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