Teachers learn new techniques
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 20, 2000
When parents send their children to school, they sometimes
don’t actually know what the teachers go through to better
enhance their students’ educations.Teachers at W.O. Parmer,
Greenville Elementary School and Robert L. Austin Elementary
School all participated in a demonstration given by Dr.
Katherine Mitchell, director of the Alabama Reading
Initiative.&uot;As part of an on-going literacy demonstration,
Dr. Mitchell has been traveling to elementary schools
demonstrating a new technique used to teach primary grade
students to read,&uot; said Carol Teague, principal of W.O.
Parmer School. &uot;Dr. Mitchell has led the way to bring
Alabama toward becoming one of the first states to develop a
program geared toward providing teachers with new
instructional techniques, based on research that has
examined how children learn.&uot;&uot;Students obtain a higher level
of comprehension and proficiency, said Dr. Mitchell.
proud of the teachers for their hard work and dedication to
this project.&uot;Mitchell earned her BA degree in psychology
from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., while minoring in
education. She completed an MA degree at New York University
in educational psychology.Later, Mitchell’s doctoral study
in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in
reading led to a Ph.D. degree.She has been recognized for
her significant accomplishments and contributions to
education in the state of Alabama through numerous awards
and honors, including the CLAS Little Red Schoolhouse
Award.She was most recently named the recipient of the 2000
Truman M. Pierce Leadership award, at the AAESA Conference
held this fall in Orange Beach.Teague said that beginning
last year, Butler County Schools applied for this program.
&uot;Last year our teachers attended two weeks of very intensive
training in sessions conducted in Andalusia,&uot; she said.
&uot;This was a pre-requisite to the demonstrations Dr. Mitchell
is conducting now.&uot;It is a great honor to have been selected
for this program,&uot; Teague said. &uot;Last year we applied as a
literacy demonstration site.&uot;&uot;Our people will be able to
serve as models for this program, utilizing the most
efficient strategies, at a higher level of professionalism,&uot;
said Allin Whittle, assistant school board
superintendent.&uot;Alabama is the first state to have this
program-other states are now modeling programs after this
one,&uot; said Teague.