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2012 Golden Apple Academy of Educators Manual

The Golden Apple Academy of Educators is the heart of the Golden Apple Foundation. Academy members, known as Fellows, are past recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Golden Apples Mission Statement: At Golden Apple, our mission is to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois, especially in schools of need. Because the critical contributor to student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom, Golden Apple provides exceptional teacher preparation for teachers at all stages of their careers. Through our innovative programs offering method, resource and mentorship, we work to transform teachers and teaching, enriching both students and teachers lives.

Table of Contents Letter from the President and CEO Dominic Belmonte Introducing Golden Golden Golden Golden Golden Golden Apple Apple Apple Apple Apple Apple Founder, Martin J. Mike Koldyke Chair of the Board of Directors, Dave Chandler President and CEO, Dominic Belmonte Board of Directors Staff Programs

Golden Apple About Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards: Rewarding Excellence in Teaching Golden Apple Academy Becoming a Nominated Teacher Academy: What is the Golden Apple Academy? Golden Apple Academy of Educators Chairmen, 1987 - 2014 Golden Apple Academy Committee, 2012 2014 Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators Golden Apple Academy Profile How Golden Apple Fellows are Active Teachers of Distinction Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction Profile of Teachers of Distinction How Teachers of Distinction Are Active with Golden Apple 2012 Finalists, Fellows, and Teachers of Distinction 2012 Finalists Profile of 2012 Finalists Profile of 2012 Fellows 2012 Award Recipients Profile of 2012 Teachers of Distinction 2012 Teachers of Distinction Golden Apple Academy of Educators Business Academy Articles of Organization and Procedure Golden Apple Academy Reading Bill of Rights What Golden Apple Recognition Means Sabbatical Seminar Objectives Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program 1st and 2nd Summer Institute at DePaul 3rd Summer Institute 4th Summer Institute at Elmhurst College CORE: Center for Ongoing Renewal and Enrichment at St. Xavier

May 2012 Dear New Members of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, On behalf of the family known as Golden Apple our Board of Directors, the Golden Apple Staff, your colleague Fellows of the Academy, the Golden Apple Scholars, the GATE teachers and the Teachers of Distinction I welcome you to this unique collection of professional educators. By now we hope you already realize that you are now part of the most gifted, most committed, most creative, and most enjoyable set of educators and supporters of education you will find anywhere. You have been selected for a most distinct honor. Over the past two and a half decades, over 7500 Illinois teachers have been considered for what has now been bestowed to only 280 (10 from Central Illinois). You are now part of a most select body, and many opportunities to contribute lie ahead. We encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity during your sabbatical. Choose courses that will enrich you as a person and educator. Participate in the seminar sessions with gusto and enjoyment. Get to know your fellow Academy colleagues. Your own cohort will become new family to you, but dont miss opportunities to meet and interact with veteran Fellows. There are so many resources to share with you. This is your time to step back, take time, reflect upon what you have achieved as a teacher and what you hope to accomplish and contribute both to your fortunate students and colleagues in your school community and the larger community served by the mission of Golden Apple. You are now part of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators who created the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program, which has helped to prepare over 1500 excellent young teachers into schools of need in Illinois. The Academy created both the Inquiry Science Institute and two (one traditional, one digital) Storytelling Workshops to develop and renew teachers. Golden Apple introduced alternative certification to Illinois with its GATE program which from 1998-2006 brought 350 mid-career adults to teaching careers in mathematics, science and elementary teaching. For five years the Alphabet Bus, created by Fellows, encouraged the joy of reading to deserving Latino children and their parents. You are now part of this most honored group. Golden Apple gives you opportunities to contribute to the future of education, either by helping bolster existing programs or in the creation of new ones. We hold a reputation for sterling, transformative educational experiences for teachers, future teachers and students, and await with joy your participation in furthering our mission. At Golden Apple we assure you of our deep respect for the nobility of teaching. Together let us work to make it clear to all how important excellent teachers are to the enterprise of educating our children to participate in this complex and challenging world! We pledge our support to you, and look forward to working with you to bring your ideas to reality. Welcome to the Golden Apple community. You have joined a most unique and special group. Your life will never be quite the same. Ride the wave and enjoy!

Dominic Belmonte President and CEO

Introducing Founder, Board Chair, and CEO/President,

Martin J. Koldyke Martin J. (Mike) Koldyke is founder and Chairman Emeritus of Golden Apple. He is the retired chairman of Frontenac Company in Chicago, a venture capital firm that he founded in 1971. A graduate of Purdue University, Mr. Koldykes civic and professional activities include the following: Chairman of the Chicago School Finance Authority; chairman of the Academy for Urban School Leadership; and creative force in the creation of Chicagos first contract school, the Chicago Academy. He presently serves as a trustee of The Chicago Community Trust and The Chicago Public Education Fund, and is a life trustee of Northwestern University and Ravinia Festival Association. Mr. Koldyke is past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Window to the World Communications (WTTW/Channel11, WFMT Radio). He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and formerly served as officer and director of The Economic Club of Chicago and as a trustee of the Brookings Institution, Choate Rosemary Hall, Joffrey Ballet, and Common Cause. David G. Chandler David Chandler is a founding Partner of Chicago Growth Partners (CGP), a private equity firm focused on acquiring and/or investing in small and medium sized growth companies. Prior to founding CGP, Mr. Chandler was a Managing Director of William Blair Capital Partners and a Principal of William Blair & Company. Early in his career, he spent three years in Morgan Stanleys Investment Banking Division. In addition to his CGP responsibilities, Mr. Chandler is actively involved in a number of community and civic activities, including his role as Chair of the Golden Apple Foundation Board of Directors. He received a bachelors degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He is married to Liz Chandler and has four children. Dominic Belmonte Dominic Belmonte serves Golden Apple Foundation as its President and Chief Executive Officer. A 1987 recipient, in 1989 he co-created the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program, a pre-induction teacher preparation and mentoring experience which is now the Golden Apple Foundations largest program. In 1996 he also co-created the GATE (Golden Apple Teacher Education program), Illinois first alternative pathway to teacher certification for mid-career adults. Dom is the author of two books on teaching: Teaching from the Deep End, and Teaching on Solid Ground, published by Corwin Press (California). Dom earned his B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Xavier University, Chicago in 2011.

Golden Apple Board of Directors David Chandler, Chair Managing Director Chicago Growth Partners Reed M. Badgley Allegra E. Biery Senior Vice President The Northern Trust Company Daniel Braga Principal McKinsey & Company Carol A. Broos Fellow 08 Representative Robert Center Retired Director of Japanese Business Services Ernst & Young Global Marta Cerda, J.D. Deputy Director Presidents Office of Employment Training Jeff Cohodes Executive Vice President The Northern Trust Company Ron Davies Operating Partner Chicago Growth Partners Crystal Ellis-Abdullah Scholar 02 Representative Mark A. Fuller III Principal William Blair & Company, L.L.C Allan F. Duffy Gaynor Vice President, Global Services IBM Corporation Timothy M. Kenny Vice President Kenny & Kenny P.C. Janet M. Knupp President, Progressive Therapy LLC Martin J. Koldyke, Founder Chair Emeritus Patricia B. Koldyke, Co-founder Jay S. Layman American Midwest Client Services Ernst & Young LLP Marc Levin Glenn "Max" McGee, PhD President IMSA Academy James Mc Nitt Jim McNitt & Associates Rev. Calvin S. Morris, PhD Executive Director Community Renewal Society Franklin Morton Jeffrey C. Newman, J.D., C.P.A. Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, LTD Nancy B. Northrip Owner Ultimate Gymnastics Teresa Olson VP U.S. Controller McDonalds USA LLC Sanford E. Perl P.C. Partner Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Peter W. Poulos Partner Winston & Strawn LLP Douglas Schmidt Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Management Robert W. Baird & Company John Smart Managing Director BMO Capital Markets Ernest W. Torain, Jr. Associate General Counsel Illinois Tool Works, Inc. Ivy Walker Chief Executive Officer World Health Imaging Alliance

Matt Zafirovski Vice President, International Groupon, Inc.

Golden Apple Staff

Bianca Alonso Assistant to the Chief Program Officer Dominic Belmonte President and Chief Executive Officer, 87 Fellow Corey Burbridge Controller John Chomiak Chief Financial Officer Carolyn M. Cyriaque Scholars Program Assistant Director: Mentoring, 96 Fellow Mary Farmar Scholars Program Assistant Director: Mentoring, 89 Fellow Kelli Garcia Assistant Director, Annual Fund and Special Events Jason Graber Development Coordinator Gloria Harper Chief Program Officer Mark Alan Jones Chief Development Officer Patricia N. Kilduff Scholars Program Assistant Director: Recruitment Penny Lundquist Director, Professional Development, 86 Fellow Rocio Manriquez Scholars Program Associate Director: Selection Cassie Prugar Administrative Assistant, Development Nellie Quintana Awards Program Associate Director: Selection Ann-Morgan Rowell Scholars Program Administrative Assistant Jozel Shwatal Scholars Program Associate Director: Mentoring James R. Sorensen Director, Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois, 99 Fellow Sister Raeleen Sweeney, P.B.V.M. Scholars Assistant Director: CORE, 88 Fellow Linda Sylvester Office Manager and Assistant to President and CEO

Communication and Public Relations/The Harbinger Group

Eileen Rochford eileenr@theharbingergroup.com

Mailing Information
Mailing Address: Golden Apple 8 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 700 Chicago, IL 60603-3463 312-407-0006 312-407-0344 www.goldenapple.org

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Contact Information
Gloria Harper Nellie Quintana Bianca Alonso 312-477-7516 312-477-7521 312-477-7514 harper@goldenapple.org quintana@goldenapple.org alonso@goldenapple.org

Golden Apple Programs What We Are About Golden Apple works to address challenges in three fields spanning the career continuum of an excellent teacher: Recruitment and Preparation, Professional Development, and Recognition.

Professional Development Inquiry Science Institute Best Practices by Golden Apple Teachers Teachers for Tomorrow Conference

About Golden Apple

Created in 1985 to honor outstanding Chicago-area teachers as grandly as Hollywood honors its movie stars at the Academy Awards, the first Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching Ceremony was presented on public television as a black-tie gala spotlighting 10 teachers and showing their inspiring work in the classroom. In the decades that followed, Golden Apple has grown into an institution that continues to recognize gifted teachers, and also prepares and strengthens teachers who make a critical difference in the lives of all children, with a special emphasis on those teaching children at disadvantaged schools. There now are 280 teachers who have been celebrated as Golden Apple Award Fellows; 81 honored as Teachers of Distinction; more than 1,400 Golden Apple Scholars teaching or on their way to teaching in Illinois schools of need; 350 teachers in Chicago Public School classrooms who were prepared in our Golden Apple Teacher Education (GATE) Program for college graduates who chose to change careers to become teachers; and thousands of teachers who have participated in our professional development workshops and seminars and shared their insights online with peers on our Free Resources link and Teaching Excellence Network. In 2008 Golden Apple expanded its program to 18 counties in Central Illinois and honored 10 teachers. In 2010 Golden Apple Central Illinois closed due to lack of funding. We have done so much, but there is so much more to do! Please join us in our mission to transform teachers and teaching.

Dom, Cheryl, Natalie, Spider, Karla, Monica, Katie, Gerard, Brooke, W. Terrell, Griselle, and Marc participated in a Listening Tour at Pershing West with CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard

Golden Apple Awards: Rewarding Excellence in Teaching

The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching was the idea of Golden Apple founder Martin J. (Mike) Koldyke, who felt that excellent teachers did not receive adequate recognition for their contributions to building a stronger, better-educated society. Every year since 1986, Golden Apple has chosen 10 outstanding teachers to receive this prestigious award. These teachers become lifetime members of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, which conceives, develops and supports programs for teachers to make them more effective in the classroom The Golden Apple Awards are broadcast annually on Chicago public television station. The Golden Apple Award is a conduit to Award recipients (known as Fellows) creating or contributing to programmatic responses to the needs of schoolchildren throughout Illinois. In addition to the honor and public recognition, Golden Apple Award recipients enjoy these additional rewards: A paid spring semester sabbatical at Northwestern University in Evanston. Recipients may take as many courses as they wish in any subjects they choose. As part of the sabbatical, the recipients in addition design a seminar series to which they invite individuals who are making significant contributions in the field of education. A cash award of $3,000 Induction into the Golden Apple Academy of Educators Eligibility Requirements Nominees must be full-time classroom teachers at a public or non-public school in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake or Will counties for the Chicago area. Nominees must be committed to continue teaching in Illinois for at least two years after the sabbatical. For 2012, teachers must spend the majority of their assignment time teaching students in grades Pre-K to 3rd. NOTE: Eligible teachers come from a three-year grade rotation format.

Year of Award 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Grades Pre K- 3

Grades 4-8 X

Grades 9-12 X



Becoming a Nominated Teacher In order to be considered for a Golden Apple Award, a teacher must first be nominated. Anyone may nominate a teacher; however a teacher may not self-nominate. Each year, Golden Apple receives about 600 nominations. The nomination period is usually June 1st through December 31st. Golden Apple sends nomination materials to each school in the representative counties in August. Additional forms are available from Golden Apple. You also may nominate a teacher on the Golden Apple Website. Each eligible nominee must complete a detailed electronic application, including essay responses and three letters of recommendation. From the hundreds of completed applications, and from initial screening of the classroom practices by selection committee members, approximately 30 teachers are selected each year as finalists. Finalists are observed in their classrooms and their colleagues, administrators, parents, students and former students are interviewed, and Golden Apple considers the site observation report of each finalist before the 10 Golden Apple Award recipients are chosen. Choosing the Recipients Choosing 10 recipients from hundreds of excellent applicants is the responsibility of the Golden Apple Awards Selection Committee, made up of more than 70 volunteers including principals, administrators, members of higher education faculties, and previous Golden Apple Award recipients. Golden Apple selects teachers who exemplify the highest standards and practices of the teaching profession. These qualities include but are not limited to demonstrating distinguished classroom practice (pedagogical skill), professionalism and collegiality, high standards for themselves and their students, the ability to create a classroom environment conducive to learning, the ability to reflect on practice, creativity, commitment to students and their learning, and contribution to the wider school community. Our selection committee, composed of experienced educators, uses the Charlotte Danielson Framework for distinguished teaching practice to evaluate applicants. Teachers of Distinction In addition to the 10 Golden Apple Award recipients, the Selection Committee names Teachers of Distinction deserving of acknowledgment for their superior accomplishments in the Chicago area. For 2012 there were fourteen finalists named Teachers of Distinction. The Founding Partners that Make the Awards Possible The Golden Apple Awards program is a team effort. WTTW/11 produces and broadcasts the Golden Apple Awards ceremony, and Northwestern University provides tuition-free sabbaticals for the Chicago area Fellows.


Academy: What is the Golden Apple Academy?

The Golden Apple Academy of Educators is the heart of Golden Apple. Academy members, known as Fellows, are past recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Academy is independent of any school district, union, government organization, professional association, and subject area or grade level. Its members come from public, religious and independent schools.
Fall 2011 Quarterly at the Botanic Gardens

What is the Academys Mission and Purpose? Academy Mission: "Through a commitment to recognition, renewal, recruitment and reform, we advocate excellent and effective education for all children." Academy Purpose: "The purpose of the Golden Apple Academy shall be to create and sustain a community of educators who work to advance the profession of teaching and deepen the learning of students." What does the Golden Apple Academy do? The Academy serves its mission and fulfills its purpose in four ways: 1. Creating programs germane to the Golden Apple mission 2. Entering into alliances with other organizations that share a similar mission, including those focused on: Reading Small schools Early childhood education New teacher preparation Professional recognition and renewal Studying education issues and recommending public policy 3. Responding to local and national requests for assistance in Fellows' areas of expertise 4. Administering to existing Golden Apple programs The Academy creates and oversees all Golden Apple programs, in partnership with the Board of Directors and the Golden Apple staff. Academy Fellows are active in the following programs: Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Golden Apple Science Workshop Golden Apple Teachers of Tomorrow Conference


Golden Apple Academy Chairs, 1987 - 2012

Sally Zepeda 1987-1988 Dominic Belmonte 1988-1990 Terry Schwab 1990-1991 Frank Tobin 1991-1992 Peg Cain 1992-1994 Jan Yourist 1994-1996 Judith Stein 1996-1998 Mark Larson 1998-2004 Jim Arey 2004-2008 Griselle Diaz Gemmati 2008-2012 Carol Broos 2012-


Golden Apple Academy Committee 2012-2014 CHAIR OF THE ACADEMY Carol Broos, 2008 1ST VICE-CHAIR Cheryl Chapman, 1997 2ND VICE-CHAIR Cheryl Watkins, 1995 PRE-K-3RD GRADE LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES Carolyn Grantham, 2003 Gloria Moyer, 2009 Paddy OReilly, 1990 4TH-8TH GRADE LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES Marc Hans, 2011 Timothy McCollum, 2008 Linda Newman, 1996 HIGH SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES Jacob Gourley, 2010 Phyllis OConnell, 1995 Nancy Powell, 2008


Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators 1986 1987 1988 Chris Bacon (deceased) Dominic Belmonte Susan Jane Artabasy Barry Bradford Margaret Cain Esther Beer Millie Brudd (deceased) Ruth Nickelson Dalenberg Bernie Bradley (deceased) Randy Fowler Hanna Goldschmidt Louis Broccolo Charles Hamberg Nguyen-Trung Joseph Hieu Dale Halter Syd Lieberman Scott Iliff Manja Narret Penny Lundquist Frank Raispis Joan Preer Odis Richardson Shirley Redmond Terry Schwab Walter Sherrill (deceased) Frank Tobin Raeleen Sweeney Sally Zepeda William Wilson Theresa Wong 1989 Catharine Bell Scott Buzard Mary Farmar John Figlewicz Lois Fisch Carol Fisher Ken Klopack Karen Knudstrup Beverly Ruby Nancy Young 1992 Michael Bachrodt Guadalupe Barajas Renee Dolezal Jim Effinger Emiel Hamberlin Beverly Hawkins John Lewis John Quinn Judith Stein Jan Yourist 1995 Lawrence Baran Aiko Boyce Mark Larson Robert Lewis Judy Moe Phyllis OConnell Kevin Pobst Michael Sailes Rosa Sailes Paul Swanson 1998 Ramzi Farran Laine Gurley Lee Marek Karen Nyberg Lori Real-Griyech Miriam Socoloff Julie Soule James Stankevitz Kathleen Wandro Michael Whitmore 1990 Keith Anderson Ava Belisle-Chatterjee Barbara Canady Consuelo Milburn Gwendolyn Mollison Mary Murphy Paddy OReilly Charles Sentell Bill Vaananen John Zurbrigg 1993 Jan Cosmos Tom Crofts Jacquelyn Crook Nedra DeSavieu Griselle Diaz-Gemmati Janice Gould Judy Hanson Adrienne Le Dree Jim Pudlewski Eileen Zigman 1996 Carolyn Cyriaque Andy Galus Carol Gaul (deceased) Charles Barry Gold Donald Jones Frank Koerner David Mac-Williams Gregory Michie Linda Newman Georgene Sims 1999 Elizabeth Anne Blazejak Barbara Marie Figlewicz Dorothy Franklin Ranada Johnson Jacquie McGrew Sandra Pye Carlos Rodriguez Craig Segal James Robert Sorensen Steven Frank Tabisz 1991 Geraldine Banks Karen Bauder Patricia Bearden Ana Bensinger Tom Clark Betsy DAngelo Brigid Gerace Elsa Fonseca Gonzalez Sue Stoehrmann Cheryl Watkins 1994 Rosa Brown Lillian Degand Kerri Druckmiller Debra Erikson Susan Kajiwara-Ansai Jenny Knight Lois La Galle Jacki Lopushonsky Michael (Spike) Wilson Susan Young 1997 Claire Billingham Cheryl Chapman Nancy Dailey DeeDee Farmer Jessie Kalinowski Susan Moody Maciag Elise Mooney Peggy Nadziejko (deceased) Susan Vani 2000 Carl Berg Karla Daye Shari Frost Lucy Catherine Klocksin Jane Therese Klunk Richard Marecek Mireya Mata-Donnelly Sandra Kuchler Skonieczny Jill Janice Sontag Cissy Ann Sullivan


2001 James Arey Dean Auriemma Murray Fisher Devora Freeman Jacqueline Renee Gnant Erin Kelly Elizabeth Kirby Sarah Levine Rito Martinez Tracy Michael Van Duinen 2004 Venessa A. Andrews Jelaine Binford Timothy Devine Elena Diadenko-Hunter Diego Giraldo Chuck Gress Bill Grosser Rosa McCullagh Steve Newman Aaron Podolner 2007 Aaron Becker Kraig Conyer David Derbes Danna Dotson Samuel Dyson David Eanes Joseph Ekpo John Naisbitt Gina Williams Melinda Wilson 2010 David Baar Anthony Curtis Jacob Gourley Susan Harsa Darshan Jain Rosalind Kline-Thomas Jungsun Moon Scott Reed Aaron Reedy Patrice Turk

2002 Cynthia Bell Louise Huffman David Jones Barbara Joseph Dave Kayson (deceased) Mary Ryan Kennedy Mary Ridley Stephen Salski Margie Smagacz Susan Wachowski 2005 Seth Baker Kim Brasfield Jill Gontovnick David Hollander Tracy Kwock Michelle Navarre Mathias (Spider) Schergen Sharon Takahashi Elisabeth Trost Roel Vivit 2008 Holly Bontkowski Carol Broos Monica Gil Elaine Harmon GACI David William Hirst GACI Donald Thurston Jolly - GACI Samina Khan Nancy Kontney Roerta Marie Mauback GACI Timothy David McCollum GACI Suzanne McDowell - GACI Daniel Morvaji Natalie Neris-Guereca John Nieciak Nancy Norem Powell GACI Shameen Rakha GACI Hillary Sawyer GACI Sheila Stephens - GACI Brooke Tippett Thompson Donnell White 2011 Judy Choi Ronald Hale Marc Hans Arleta Ingram Gerard Kovach Kyle Radcliff Eliza Ramirez Michael Sementa Carla Stone Howard Templer

2003 Thomas Beck Mary Bianchi Carolyn Grantham Karen Weber Meany Donna Piazza Margaret Pyterek Jennifer Santo Betty Scalia Paula Ann Sprecher Luci Stein 2006 Kristie Charles Kristin Ziemke Fastabend Dianne Hamelly Erica Hilgart Sandy Lucas Sandra Noel Ziomara Perez Jennifer Sime Kevan Truman Karen Wylie 2009 Jeanette Hachmeister Christina Hayward Maria Hernandez Melissa Hooker Michelle Mangold Gloria Moyer Jennifer Phares Kristin Salamanca Peter Schreurs David Sobel 2012 Maria Barba Monique Blakes Kathy Burns Bryan Jackson Pamela Kelly Elizabeth Luna Denise Ostarello Zackary Ruelas Susan Stephan Robert William Taylor


African-American Recipients of the Golden Apple Award 1986: Odis Richardson Walter Sherrill 1987: Shirley A. Redmond William T. Wilson 1988: Joan Preer 1990: Keith Anderson Dr. Ava Belisle-Chatterjee Consuelo Milburn Gwendolyn Mollison 1991: Patricia Bearden Cheryl Watkins 1992: Dr. Emiel Hamberlin Beverly Hawkins 1993: Jacquelyn Crook Nedra DeSavieu Andrienne Le Dree 1994: Rosa Brown 1995: Michael E. Sailes Dr. Rosa M. Sailes 1996: Carolyn Marie Cyriaque Donald C. Jones 1997: Dr. Deneita Jo Farmer Elise Mooney 1999: Dorothy Franklin Ranada Johnson Sandra A. Pye 2000: Sharon Frost 2001: Elizabeth Kirby 2002: Margie D. Smagacz, NBCT 2003: Carolyn Grantham 2004: Venessa A. Andrews Jelaine D. Binford 2005: Kim Brasfield 2007: Danna Sharice Dotson, NBCT Samuel Elliot Dyson David Lee Eanes Father Joseph Felix Ekpo 2008: Donnell White Elaine Harmon 2010: Anthony Curtis Rosalind Kline-Thomas 2011: Ronald Hale Arleta Ingram Carla Stone (Bi-racial) 2012: Monique Blakes Bryan Jackson


Asian Recipients of the Golden Apple Award 1987: Dr. Nguyen-Trung (Joseph) Hieu 1988: Theresa Wong 1994: Lillian Degand Susan Kajiwara-Ansai 1995: Aiko Boyce 2002: Mary Acierto Ridley 2005: Tracy Kwock Sharon Takahashi, NBCT Roel Vivit 2006: Erica Hilgart 2008: Samina Khan Shameen Rakia, NBCT 2010: Darshan Jain Jungsun Moon 2011: Judy Choi Latino Recipients of the Golden Apple Award 1986: Dr. Sally Zepeda 1988: Manja Narret (ret) 1991: Elsa Gonzalez 1992: Guadalupe Barajas 1993: Griselle Diaz-Gemmati 1999: Carlos Rodriguez 2000: Mireya Mata-Donnelly 2001: Rito Martinez 2004: Dr. Diego Giraldo 2006: Ziomara Perez, NBCT 2008: Monica Gil, NBCT Natalie-Neris-Guereca, NBCT 2009: Maria Hernandez 2011: Eliza Ramarez 2012: Maria Barba Elizabeth Luna Zackary Ruelas Caucasian/White Recipients of the Golden Apple Award 1986: Christine Lucy Bacon Barry Bradford Mildred D. Brudd C. Randal Fowler Charles L. Hamberg Syd Lieberman Penny A. Lundquist 1987: Dominic V. Belmonte Margaret T. Cain, NBCT Hanna Goldschmidt Scott D. Illiff Ruth Nickelson-Dalenberg Frank P. Raispis


Frank A. Tobin 1988: Susan Jane Artabasy Esther Beer Bernard Bradley Louis Broccolo Dale Halter Terry Frank Schwab Sister Raeleen Sweeney, PBVM 1989: Dr. Catharine Bell Scott Buzard Mary Farmar John J. Figlewicz Lois A. Fisch Carol Fisher Kenneth Klopack Karen Knudstrup Beverly Ruby Nancy Young 1990: Barbara Canady, NBCT Mary Murphy Paddy OReilly Dr. Charles Sentell Bill Vaananen John Zurbrigg 1991: Geraldine Banks Karen Bauder Ana Bensinger Tom Clark Betsy Curtis DAngelo Brigid Duffy Gerace Sue Stoehrmann 1992: Michael Bachrodt, NBCT Dr. Renee Cargerman Dolezal Jim Efffinger John Lewis John Quinn Judith E. Stein Jan Yourist 1993: Janet Cosmos Thomas Crofts Janice M. Gould Judy Hanson James Pudlewski Eileen Zigman 1994: Kerri Druckmiller Debra Erikson, NBCT Jenny Knight Lois La Galle Jacqueline Lopushonsky Michael (Spike) Wilson Susan Young 1995: Dr. Lawrence J. Baran Mark Larson Robert Lewis


Judy Lynn Moe Phyllis OConnell Kevin Pobst Paul Swanson 1996: Andrew Galus Dr. Carol Gaul Dr. Charles Barry Gold Frank J. Koerner J. David Mac-Williams Gregory Michie Linda M. Newman Georgene E. Sims 1997: Clare Billingham, NBCT Cheryl Chapman Nancy Dailey, NBCT Jessie Kalinowski, NBCT Susan Maciag Terry Morris Margaret Nadziejko Susan Vani 1998: Ramzi Farran Dr. Laine Gurley Lee Marek Karen Nyberg Lori Real Miriam Socoloff Julie Ann Soule James Stankevitz, NBCT Kathleen M. Wandro Michael Whitmore, Jr. 1999: Elizabeth Blazejak Barbara Figlewicz Jacqueline McGrew Craig Segal James R. Sorensen Steve Tabisz, NBCT 2000: Carl Berg Karla Daye Lucy Klocksin Jane T. Klunk, NBCT Richard P. Marecek Sandra A. Skonieczny Jill Sontag Cissy Sullivan 2001: James Arey Dean M. Auriemma, NBCT Dr. Murray K. Fisher Devora Freeman Jacqueline Gnant Erin Kelly Sarah Levine, NBCT Tracy Van Duinen, NBCT 2002: Cynthia L. Bell Louise T. Huffman


Dr. David K. Jones Barbara Joseph David H. Kayson Mary Ryan Kennedy Steve Salski Susan Wachowski 2003: Thomas H. Beck Mary Bianchi Karen Meany Donna Piazza Margaret M. Pyterek Jennifer Santo Elizabeth Scalia, NBCT Paula Ann Sprecher Luci Stein 2004: Timothy Devine Elena Diadenko-Hunter Chuck Gress William Grosser, NBCT Rosa McCullagh Steve Newman Aaron Podolner 2005: Seth Baker Jill Gonotovnick David Hollander Michelle Navarre, NBCT Mathias Spider Schergen Elisabeth Trost 2006: Kristie Charles, NBCT Kristin Ziemke Fastabend, NBCT Dianne Hamelly Sandy L. Lucas Sandra L. Noel Jennifer L. Sime Kevan H. Truman Karen M. Wylie 2007: Aaron Michael Baker Kraig Raymond Conyer Dr. David Raoul Derbes John Naisbitt Gina Hartig Williams Melinda Ann Wilson 2008: Holly Bontkowski, NBCT Carol Broos David William Hirst, NBCT David Jolly Nancy Kontney Roberta Maubach, NBCT Timothy McCollum, Presidential Award in Science Suzanne McDowell Daniel Morvaji, NBCT John Nieciak Nancy Powell, NBCT, Presidential Award in Math Hillary Sawyer


Sheila Stephens Brooke Tippett Thompson, NBCT 2009: Jeanette Hachmeister Christina Hayward Michele Mangold Melissa Hooker Gloria Moyer Jennifer Phares Kristin ORouke Salamanca Peter Schreurs David Sobel 2010: Dr. David Baar Jacob Gourley Susan Harsa Scott Reed, NBCT Aaron Reedy Patrice Turk 2011: Marc Hans Gerard Kovach, NBCT Kyle Radcliff Michael Sementa Howard Templer 2012: Kathy Burns Pamela Kelly Denise Ostarello Susan Stephan Robert Taylor Deceased Fellows Christine Lucy Bacon 86 Mildred D. Brudd 86 Charles Hamberg 86 Walter Sherrill 86 Bernard Bradley 88 Margaret Nadziejko 97 David H. Kayson 02 Carol Gaul 96


Academy of Renaissance Fellows/ARC (retired from the classroom)

1986 C. Randal Fowler Syd Lieberman Penny Lundquist Odis Richardson 1987 Dominic Belmonte Hanna Goldschmidt Scott Iliff Ruth Nickelson-Dalenberg Frank A. Tobin Frank Raispis Bill Wilson 1988 Susan Jane Artabasy Esther Beer Lou Broccolo Manja Narret Joan C. Preer Terry Frank Schwab Sister Raeleen Sweeney 1989 Mary Farmar John J. Figlewicz Carol Fisher Ken Klopack Karen Knudstrup Beverly Ruby Nancy Young 1990 Barbara Canady Consuelo Deborah Milburn Gwendolyn Mollison-Douglas Paddy OReilly Mary Murphy Paddy OReilly John Zurbrigg 1991 Geraldine Banks Karen Bauder Ana Bensinger Tom Clark Betsy Curtis DAngelo Brigid Duffy Gerace Sue Stoehrmann 1992 Guadalupe Barajas Renee Cargerman Dolezal Jim Effinger Emiel Hamberlin Beverly Hawkins Judith Stein 1993 Jacquelyn Crook Nedra DeSavieu Jim Pudlewski Eileen Zigman Chicago Evanston Calumet City Gary Elk Grove Chicago Wheaton Addison Chicago Chicago Chicago Glencoe Oak Forest New Lenox Chicago Chicago Arlington Heights Chicago River Forest Palatine Morton Grove Chicago Chicago Wheaton Florida Kentucky Chicago Chicago Chicago Geneva Chicago Chicago Palos Heights Palatine Evanston Wisconsin Wisconsin Chicago Northbrook Wyoming Chicago Wheaton Chicago Chicago Chicago Tinley Park Chicago New Mexico Morton Grove


1994 Rosa Brown Susan Young 1995 Lawrence J. Baran Aiko Boyce Bob Lewis Judy Moe Phyllis OConnell Michael Sailes Rosa Sailes 1996 Carolyn Cyriaque Charles Barry Gold Donald Jones Frank J. Koerner Linda Newman 1997 Cheryl Chapman Elise Mooney 1998 Laine Gurley Karen Nyberg Miriam Socoloff Julie Ann Soule 1999 Barbara Figlewicz Jacquie McGrew Sandra Pye Jim Sorensen 2000 Carl Berg Richard P. Marecek Cissy Sullivan 2001 Murray K. Fisher 2002 Louise Huffman Mary Acierto Ridley 2003 Meg Pyterek 2004 Jelaine Binford 2006 Sandra Noel 2008 Carol Broos Elaine Harmon Tim McCollum Nancy Powell

Hazel Crest Northbrook Romeoville Elmhurst Naperville Prospect Heights Crestwood Chicago Chicago Chicago Grayslake Chicago Boston Palos Hills Brookfield Chicago Palatine Florida Chicago Chicago Palatine Northbrook Chicago Des Plaines Deerfield Des Plaines St. Marengo Morton Grove Naperville Chicago Northbrook Broadview Oak Park Urbana Charleston Bloomington


Golden Apple Academy Profile

Type of School City Public/Charter 3 City Private 1 City Religious 1 Suburban Public 5 Central Illinois Public 7 Central Illinois Private 2 Central Illinois Religious 1 Total Fellows inducted into Academy of Educators 280 Counties which Fellows Represent Champaign (CI) 3 Coles (CI) 1 Cook 222 DuPage 24 Kane 1 Lake 21 McLean (CI) 4 Morgan (CI) 2 Will 2 Grade and Subject Distribution of Fellows PreK-3rd grade 102 th 8th grade 4 94 High School Cooperative Education/Bus 1 High School English 17 High School Math/Accounting/IT 10 High School Science 19 High School History/SS/Theology 12 High School Languages 4 High School Special Education 7 High School Fine & Performing Arts 14 High School Adapted PE 2 High School Specials 2 Number of High School Fellows 88 National Board Certified 33 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Sci. Teaching 3 Deceased 8 Gender Female 172 Male 108 Retired from the classroom 90 Ethnicity Caucasian/White 201 Teachers of Color 79 25

How Fellows are active in the Golden Apple Foundation

Becoming a Fellow means playing an active role in the ongoing development of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators. I. Awards Selection Committee Reading applications Observing finalists (writing report) Surprising new Fellows Scholars Program Reading applications Interviewing finalists Assisting with final selection Planning DePaul summer institute Teaching in summer institute Observing Scholars Planning 4th summer Teaching 4th summer Planning CORE Conference Presenting at CORE Conference Observing teaching Scholars - GATS (written report, mentoring Scholars) Advising Scholars on an as-needed basis Serving on Scholars Advisory Committee Summer Science Workshop Planning and directing program Teaching Golden Apple Free Resources Participation in providing teaching tips and free resources, books, links and article recommendations for our GA on-line Free Resources, etc. Representing Golden Apple Foundation at various events and forums Academy Serving as an officer - (2 yr. term - 4+ after-school meetings/yr., GAF Trustees) Serving on Golden Apple Board of Directors (officers become GAF Board members) Representing grade levels - (2 year terms - after school meetings, 4+/yr.) Sponsoring a committee - AC members sponsor standing and ad hoc committees and attend committee meetings) o Awards Selection Review o Induction Committee o Board of Directors Subcommittees (meeting time varies) Social Committee - (birthday cards, flowers, social events) School Funding Equity Task Force




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Serving on Golden Apple Foundation Program Committee Attending Quarterlies (3 on school days, 1 during summer at CORE); participating in Open Space Dialogue Presenting at Golden Apple seminars Presenting at Academy Quarterlies Attending Events to support Fellows and Scholars (Volunteer) o Awards taping o Celebration o Scholars Reception VII. Teachers for Tomorrow Conference Presenting at the Teachers of Tomorrow Conference

VIII. Miscellaneous Volunteer Donating to the year-end campaign Donating to Academy book drives Advising the Foundation on an as-needed basis Voting in Academy elections Responding to Academy surveys Securing resources for GA (grants, personnel, information, opportunities, etc.) Speaking and writing through GA; contributing to The Teachers Voice e-letter Representing GA at meetings and events Serving as experts for media Writing, speaking and working on behalf of GA programs at the state level


Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction

2007 John Belcaster William M. Bultman Glenn Lid John OConner Robert Rodey 2008 Margaret (Meg) Burns Lisa Espinosa Virginia Kogen Sharon Kranz Mary Meade Esther Ohito Veronica Ruelas 2009 Enid Alvarez Christine Beukema Barbara Cataldo Alicia Costas Deborah Graziano Scott Naber Colin Reynolds Gail Sherwood Megan Whitney 2010 Mike DiMatteo Emily Feltes-Maslanka John Gonczy Dr. Roz Iasillo Luis Navarro Michael Pond Kelli Rushek Frederick Schill Darren Tuggle Jeanne Walker 2011 Scott Baeseman Barbara Binversie Meg Burns Rick Coppola Chandra Garcia Sharon Kranz Leah Lunde Jennifer Magiera Bradley Parker Katie Schneider Matthew Sniadecki Jeffery Berger-White Susan Khalaieff Zakieh Mohammed Scott Reed (2010 Fellow) Stephanie Skizas

Jennifer Cho Heather Kelsey Brenda Kraber Patrick McAndrew Mark Nelson Claudine Randolph

Sandra Bennett Rachel Binole Pamela Ciway Sara Covington Kristin Kaczmarck Carol Navarro Jaime Shanahan Sabrina Silverstein

Christopher Esposito Marilyn Gilbert-Mitchell Michael Heinz, NBCT Paul Karafiol, NBCT, GATE, PAEMST Leo Park Ryan Rockaitis Yolanda Sanchez Jennifer Trejo, NBCT Dr. Mark Vondracek Jeffrey Yordy Erica Barraza Tiffany Brugman Beverly Clancy-Nunn Teresa DeSantiago Staci Garner Martha Loza Katie Lyons Anne Oberdzinski Dr. Talyia Riemer Lisa Simoncelli-Bulak


Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction Profile

Type of School City Public/Charter City Independent City Religious Suburban Public Suburban Independent Suburban Religious TOTAL Grade and Subject Distribution Pre-K-3rd 4th 8th High School High School High School High School High School High School High School High School Technology AVID Art English/Reading/Journalism Math/Accounting/IT Science History/SS/Theology Languages Fine & Performing Arts Specials/Automotive 31 44 2 8 1 7 6 1 3 1 1 Gender Female Male Ethnicity Caucasian/White Teachers of Color 76 19 65 29 Total 43 3 3 40 2 3 94



Becoming a Teacher of Distinction means playing an active role in Golden Apple programs I. Scholars Program a. Reading applications b. Interviewing finalists c. Assisting with final selection d. Assisting with planning DePaul Summer Institute e. Assisting with the teaching in Summer Institute f. Observing Scholars g. Assisting in planning fourth summer h. Assisting with teaching fourth summer i. Assisting with the planning of CORE Conference j. Presenting at CORE Conference II. Summer Science Workshop a. Assisting with teaching III. Free Resources a. Participation in online discussions, providing free resources, teaching tips, books, links and article recommendations, etc.

IV. Representing Golden Apple V. Teachers for Tomorrow Conference a. Planning, organizing, presenting, and volunteering VI. Volunteer Activity a. Donating to the year-end campaign b. Advising Golden Apple on an as-needed basis c. Responding to Golden Apple surveys d. Representing Golden Apple at meetings and events e. Serving as experts for the media


2012 Finalists at Hyatt McCormick Place

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Left to right Row 1: David Meekhof, Thomas Szymanski, Zackary Ruelas, Marvin Childress, Bryan Jackson, Robert Taylor Row 2: Kathy Burns, Lindsey Petlak, Kelly Hinds, Denise Ostarello, Maria Hempen, Christina Lampa, Sherry DeBoeuf, Elizabeth Chase-Vivas, Jennifer Nelson, Shannon Zozaski Row 3: Judy Kim, Marcella Ellis, Nancy Zider, Allison Griffin, Susan Stephan,Danya Greenberg, Maria Barba, Katie Golden, Elizabeth Luna, Monica Biegel Back Row: Tricia Fuglestad, Pamela Kelly, Alexis Stokes, Monique Blakes Not pictured: Mary Haddad, Ryan Jagutis


2012 32 Finalists Profile Counties

Cook DuPage Lake Will 20 2 6 4

School Types
City Charter City Public City Independent City Religious Suburban Public Suburban Religious 2 11 1 1 16 1

Grade Level
Pre-K/Early Childhood Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade Multiage 2 4 3 6 5 12

Females Males 26 6


2012 Golden Apple Fellows City Public City Independent/Private City Religious Suburban Public 3 1 1 5

Cook DuPage Will Distribution
1st Grade

7 2 1



3rd Grade

Multiple Grades Gender Females Males Ethnicity Caucasian/White Teachers of Color

2 2 3 2

7 3

5 5


2012 Golden Apple Award Recipients (Fellows)

Name: Maria Barba School: Douglas MacArthur Elementary School County: Cook Location: Hoffman Estates Name: Monique Blakes School: Oscar DePriest Elementary School County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Kathy Burns School: Highlands Elementary School County: DuPage Location: Naperville Name: Bryan Jackson School: Latin School of Chicago County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Pamela Kay Kelly School: Naper Elementary School County: DuPage Location: Naperville Name: Elizabeth Luna School: Phillip Murray Elementary Language Academy County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Denise Renee Ostarello School: Crete Elementary School County: Will Location: Crete Name: Zackary William Ruelas School: St. Malachy School County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Susan Jean Stephan School: Norwood Park Elementary School County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Robert William Taylor School: Central Road Elementary County: Cook Location: Rolling Meadows

Grade: 3rd Type: Public Grade: 1st Type: Public Grade: 2nd Type: Public Grade: 3rd Type: Indepdt. Grade: 1st Type: Public Grade: Kdg Type: Public Grade: 1st 3rd Type: Public Grade: 3rd Type: Religious Grade: 1st - 2nd Type: Public Grade: 2nd Type: Public


2012 Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction City Public/Charter Suburban Public Suburban Independent/Private 5 8 1

Cook Lake Will Distribution

7 6 1

Kindergarten 2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Multiple Grades Gender Females Males Ethnicity Caucasian/White Teachers of Color

1 2 3 1 7

13 1

12 2


2012 Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction

Name: Monica Biegel School: Braeside Elementary School County: Lake Location: Highland Park Name: Elizabeth Chase-Vivas School: Abraham Lincoln Elementary School County: Cook Location: Oak Park Name: Maria del Rosario Hempen School: Lake Forest Country Day School County: Lake Location: Lake Forest Name: Tricia Michele Fuglestad School: Dryden Elementary School County: Cook Location: Arlington Heights Name: Katie Golden School: Polaris Charter Academy County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Danya Greenberg School: Rockland Elementary School County: Lake Location: Libertyville Name: Allison Griffin School: Ariel Community Academy County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Kelly Hinds School: Frederick Stock School County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Ryan Page Jagutis School: New Field Elementary County: Cook Grade: Kindergarten Type: Public Grade: Kindergarten Type: Public Grade: Music Early Childhood 2nd Type: Independent Grade: Art K-5th Type: Public Grade: 1st/2nd Type: Charter Grade: Special Ed 1st/2nd/3rd Type: Public Grade: Special Ed - Primary Autism Type: Public Grade: Early Childhood Type: Public Grade: Physical Ed Head Start 3rd Type: Public Grade: Dual Language 2nd Type: Public Grade: 2nd Type: Public Grade: 3rd Type: Public Grade: 2nd Type: Public Grade: Art Kindergarten 5th Type: Public

Location: Chicago

Name: Judy Hilary Kim School: Oak Terrace Elementary School County: Lake Location: Highwood Name: David Meekhof School: Wayne Thomas Elementary School County: Lake Location: Highland Park Name: Jennifer Nelson School: New Field Primary School County: Cook Location: Chicago Name: Lindsey Ryan Petlak School: Indian Trail Elementary School County: Lake Location: Highland Park Name: Shannon Marie Zozaski School: Flossmoor Hills Elementary School County: Will Location: Floosmoor



GOLDEN APPLE ACADEMY OF EDUCATORS Revised April 13, 1995 Additional Revisions 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009 HISTORY The Golden Apple Academy of Educators was founded and organized by the first class of Golden Apple recipients in 1986 to create programs to improve teaching that the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching would fund and administer. The original focus of these programs was the recruitment, retention and renewal of teachers. With the formation of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, the Golden Apple Foundation expanded its Board of Directors to include Academy representation. ARTICLE I - Name and Authority of the Document The name of this organization shall be the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, hereinafter called the Academy, and the individuals who comprise the Academy shall be known as Fellows. This document, the Articles of Organization and Procedure for the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, shall serve as a guide for the Fellows of the Academy in pursuing the objectives of the Academy, determining membership in the Academy, conducting meetings of the Academy, and shall not conflict with or exceed the authority of the Board of Directors of the Golden Apple Foundation. This charter shall be seen as a reflection of the history, values, and goals of the Academy. ARTICLE II - Mission of the Academy The Academy is a group of educators recognized as outstanding classroom teachers who, through a commitment to recognition, renewal, recruitment and reform, advocate excellent and effective education for all children. The purpose of the Golden Apple Academy shall be to create and sustain a community of educators who work to advance the profession of teaching and deepen the learning of students. ARTICLE III - Objectives of the Academy It is the goal of the Academy to become a widely recognized and valuable educational resource in the community and to act as a catalyst for change in the broadest educational arenas. Along with the recognition of excellent teachers and teaching practices, our creation and support of programs of renewal, our commitment to the recruitment of the very finest individuals for our profession, and our work through reform to improve the educational experiences of all children, our goals for the next five years (ending 2000) are: To advocate for change in teacher preparation To communicate as presenters, essayists, and researchers To continue the evaluation and development of programs and initiatives which reflect our mission To increase our involvement in policy issues To continue team building within and among the components of the Golden Apple organization


All activities in which the Academy engages should relate explicitly to the mission and objectives of the Academy and the Foundation. Every attempt should be made to ensure that all programs of Academy and Foundation are available to appropriate educators or students in public, parochial, or independent schools in the five county areas. Programs which do not meet this requirement may still be adopted by the Academy, but only under extraordinary circumstances. At all times, it must be remembered that the Academy is constituted as a body which stresses inclusion and which crosses traditional boundaries of school governance, location, grade levels and disciplines ARTICLE IV - Relationship with the Foundation While the Academy operates in partnership with the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching, the shaping of the Academy's future and direction is in the hands of the Fellows. The Academy, while independent, must not take positions or engage in actions to weaken or fragment the work of the Foundation. Likewise, it is necessary that the Foundation will consult with the Academy before taking any public positions which might explicitly or implicitly carry the endorsement of the Academy. The Academy is committed to positive contributions to and participation with the Foundation in achieving our shared goals. ARTICLE V - Membership Membership: Membership in the Academy is granted to those teachers who, having met the requirements herein stated, have received the Golden Apple Award presented by the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching. These teachers will then be referred to as "Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators." The membership of the Academy shall reflect the different disciplines, backgrounds and schools, as well as personal teaching philosophies of its members. To be eligible for membership, teachers must meet the following requirements: They must be, at the time of their induction: 1. Currently employed in a teaching capacity for no less than 3/5 of the professional day. 2. Teaching in a school located in one of the five county areas of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and Will. 3. Teaching in a recognized or registered public or nonpublic school. 4. Dedicated to teaching and the advancement of excellence in teaching. 5. Selected by the Foundation as a Golden Apple Recipient, having fulfilled all established requirements of membership. Term of Membership: Membership is for life, assuming the conduct of a Fellow is in accordance with standards which are agreed upon by the Academy. Date of Membership: Newly selected Golden Apple recipients formally become Fellows in the Academy when they receive a Golden Apple Award at the award ceremony in September, but they are first introduced to the Academy at the spring quarterly meeting in May.


Obligations of Fellows: 1. Fellows are expected to teach for a period of two years after receiving the award. In exceptional cases, this obligation may be waived by the Foundation. 2. Fellows should play as active and supportive a role as possible in the work of both the Academy and the Foundation, including offering their feedback on a triennial survey conducted by the Chief Program Officer with the advice and direction of the Academy Committee. 3. Fellows should make every effort to attend the quarterly meetings, the Celebration of Excellence in Teaching in April, the awards taping in September, and the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Reception. 4. New Fellows are expected to participate fully in the Golden Apple Seminar Series. 5. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the Awards selection process at least once every three years. ARTICLE VI - New Fellows New Fellows enjoy the opportunity of a semester sabbatical at Northwestern University where they are able to take as many courses as they wish at no charge. The Golden Apple Foundation makes arrangements for the payment of substitutes while the new Fellows are on sabbatical. The Academy maintains a year long induction process for new members and it is managed by the Chief Program Officer. Through induction activities and materials, new Fellows are welcomed into the Academy, acquainted with its history, mission, organization and programs and encouraged to become active members of the Academy. Each new Fellow is paired with a mentor Fellow from a previous class who serves during the induction period. It is hoped that through this fellowship we become a living community of friends in service to our profession and to improving the quality of education received by children in our communities. The centerpiece of the sabbatical, and the experience all Fellows share, is the Golden Apple Seminar Series, for which Fellows receive credit from Northwestern University. The seminar series provides new Fellows with the opportunity to engage in conversation with individuals who have made a significant contribution to their fields and who offer possible solutions to problems facing American schools. A goal of the seminars is to foster the development of a collegial network within each class of Fellows and to prepare them for informed membership and active participation in the Academy. Certain elements of the Golden Apple Seminar Series are repeated for each class, under the guidance of the Director Of Professional Development. However, each class determines its own focus and topic(s) for the overall series. This formula allows for some continuity of experience among all Fellows, while offering opportunities for professional renewal specifically tailored to the interests of each individual class. New Fellows (may) choose to open one seminar each spring to the Academy/Foundation family and invited guests. ARTICLE VII - Election of Officers The officers of the Academy shall be the Chair, and two Vice Chairs. Nomination and Election of Officer: Any Fellow of the Academy is eligible to become an officer by announcing to the Academy his/her candidacy by the time specified in the procedures for election or by accepting the nomination of another Fellow. Fellows running for Chair, 1st Vice Chair, and 2nd Vice Chair will submit a statement, not to exceed 120 words, of the direction they envision for the Academy during the coming two


years. Candidates statements and photos will be mailed to the Academy as part of the election ballot. The nomination of officers shall take place in March before the spring quarterly meeting (2008) of the Academy in even numbered years. Election: The entire membership will have the opportunity to vote by mail, and the results will be made public three weeks after the ballots have been sent. Term of Office: Officers serve for a term of two years. They may be re-elected to successive terms, having followed the established election process. ARTICLE VIII - Duties of Officers The Chair shall conduct all meetings of the Academy, including general and special meetings of the Academy as well as Academy Committee meetings. The Chair will also serve as a voting ex officio member of all standing committees. The Chair shall be a liaison between the Golden Apple Foundation and the Golden Apple Academy of Directors and shall serve as a representative of the Academy on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Board. The Academy Chair will serve as ex officio member of the Golden Apple Foundation Board of Directors Awards Program Subcommittee of the Development Committee, the group charged with planning the annual awards event. The Academy Chair will call for a general review of the Awards Selection Process once every three years or more frequently at the request of the Chief Program Officer. The Academy Chair, working with the Academy Committee, will advise the Chief Program Officer in setting the parameters of the triennial survey of Fellows. The Academy Chair may request that Fellows be surveyed more frequently as deemed necessary for the good of the Academy. The Academy Chair will serve as co-chair of the Selection Committee. The two Vice Chairs shall serve in the capacity of the Chair in the event the Chair is unable to serve and shall also represent the Academy on the Board of Directors of the Golden Apple Foundation. The First Vice-Chair shall also serve as the Recording Secretary of the Academy and is a voting ex officio member of all standing committees. Both Vice Chairs serve as aides to the Chair in carrying out the work of the Academy. It is understood that at the start of each term, the various committee responsibilities will be divided between the chair and vice chairs. ARTICLE IX - Election of Class Representatives Nomination and election of class representatives will take place before the spring quarterly meeting, each class will vote on its respective class representatives. Class representatives will serve for one year. Representatives and alternates serve two year terms; even numbered classes choosing representatives in even years and odd numbered classes in odd years.) Each class will also designate an alternate to serve should the representative be unable to attend all meetings or fulfill all of his/her responsibilities.) At the spring quarterly meeting, the Academy Chair will invite Fellows who are interested in serving as grade level representatives on the Academy Committee to identify themselves. If only three step forward at any grade level, those three will serve. Otherwise, there will be a vote for grade level representatives by members of that grade level cadre, the three Fellows receiving the largest number of votes becoming grade level representatives and those remaining becoming alternates. Representatives and alternates will serve two year terms before standing for reelection.


ARTICLE X - Responsibilities of Academy Committee Grade Level Representatives The Grade Level Representatives are responsible for soliciting advice from other Fellows to determine policy and direction for the Academy. As representatives on the Academy Committee, they will meet four times a year (one month prior to each quarterly meeting) to participate in planning the agenda for quarterly meetings, to coordinate information for the various standing and project committees, and to perform management tasks as requested by the Academy Chair, Chief Program Officer and other Fellows. The Grade Level Representatives also participate in the annual retreat which sets the direction for the Academy for the forthcoming year. ARTICLE XI - Academy Committee Membership: The Academy Committee shall consist of three representatives from each class of Golden Apple Awardees as well as the Officers of the Academy. The Academy Committee shall consists of the three officers and 9 grade level representatives, 3 each from classes representing grades Pre-K through 3, grades 4-8 and high school. Each grade-level group will select its own representatives from among those who indicate a desire to serve on the Academy Committee. Meetings of the Academy Committee will be open to any interested Fellows. Responsibilities of the Academy Committee: The Academy Committee is responsible for: 1. Planning the quarterly meetings (agenda, location, minutes, logistics, communication with Chief Program Officer) 2. Planning the yearly retreat (agenda, minutes, communication with Chief Program Officer) 3. Acting as advisors for the Celebration 4. Assessing and reviewing Academy commitments and explorations The Academy Committee is responsible for facilitating the work of the Golden Apple Academy regarding the development of: Annual and Long-term goals and focus, the nature and scope of the organization Public positions of the Academy Academy programs And is the working arm of the Academy (as stated in 1991 Articles) Meeting regularly to set the agenda for the quarterly meetings Coordinating information to the various standing and project committees Soliciting advice from the Fellows in helping to shape policy and direction for the Academy Completing management tasks as requested by the Academy Chair, Chief Program Officer and other Fellows Periodically reviewing the Awards Selection Process by convening a sub-committee of the Academy Committee to conduct the review and make recommendations to the Academy Committee. The Academy Committee will then forward those recommendations through the Chief Program Officer and Selection Committee Chair. ARTICLE XII - Election of Academy Liaison and Summer Institute Director Note: This article has been superseded by an amendment; see below. Application: The application for these positions is presented to and evaluated by the Academy Committee.


The Academy Committee will decide on a candidate to be endorsed and will recommend that candidate to the Academy membership as a whole. The entire membership will vote to endorse the recommendation. Term Limit: Both positions will have a four year term to run fall to summer with the option to reapply for these positions once the term has expired. Eligibility: Both of these positions are open to Fellows, but if no Fellow is available or qualified, the positions may be filled by other qualified personnel. Review Process: Formal reviews occur for each of these positions on a yearly basis: the Academy Director review to take place in Feb./Mar. of each year; the Summer Institute Director review to take place early fall. The review committees are composed of: 1. Academy Chair 2. Academy Vice Chair (for Liaison); Scholars Director (Summer Institute Director) 3. Executive Director 4. Former Chair (to be selected by evaluee) 5. Academy Liaison; Summer Institute Director The jobs of other program directors will be examined by the Academy Committee in light of these policies and procedures.] The Academy Liaison is a staff position of the Golden Apple Foundation and is subject to review by the President of the Foundation. Note: The title Liaison was replaced with that of Director in 1998. ARTICLE XIII - Responsibilities of the Chief Program Officer who serves as Director of the Academy Sabbatical Seminar Series: The Chief Program Officer (2007) is responsible for facilitating and supporting the new Fellows' experiences at Northwestern. The central experience of the Sabbatical is the seminar, and the Chief Program Officer makes sure all the arrangements are made for the success of the experience. Internal and External Communications: The Chief Program Officer is a professional communicator of information to and from the Academy, to and from the Foundation, to and from other constituencies and bodies. In that role, the Chief Program Officer is responsible for conducting a triennial survey of Fellows for the purpose of reviewing Golden Apple programs and Academy policies and procedures as well as to ascertain the will of the Academy. The Chief Program Officer also has the discretionary responsibility to survey Fellows sooner than once every three years, in order to insure that Fellows play a significant role in the ongoing development of the Golden Apple organization. Utilization of Academy's Human Resources: Opportunities for Fellows (e.g., presentations, workshops, conferences, jobs) are funneled through and encouraged by the Chief Program Officer. These are important opportunities to increase the personal potential and professional growth of Fellows. Respondent to Fellows' Needs: The Chief Program Officer is the Academy's full-time support system. Any professional problems or needs that Fellows have can be funneled and brain-stormed and problem-solved through the Chief Program Officer.


Working with Academy Officers: The Chief Program Officer and Academy Officers work in tandem to accomplish all of the Academy's business. Because the officers are all teaching full-time, the Chief Program Officer should take care of many of the details of this business. Though the Academy Committee is responsible for some of the logistics for the quarterly meetings and the yearly retreat, the Chief Program Officer is a support system for this work and may be called on by the Academy Committee to aid them in these areas (mailings, etc.). Outreach: The Chief Program Officer is responsible for the exploration of new partnerships, cooperative efforts, initiatives, and collaborations for the Academy. These explorations should not exceed 3 months, after which time the Academy Committee will decide whether a particular idea is worth spending more time on or is ready to be presented to the membership as a whole as a formally committed endeavor. Selection Process Oversight: The Chief Program Officer will participate in the Awards Selection Process, in an advisory capacity and may recommend to the Academy Chair and Academy Committee that a Selection Review Committee be formed to review the selection process more frequently than the regular triennial review. The Chief Program Officer also represents the Academy in a wide variety of meetings, discussions, and projects both within the Foundation and with external parties. ARTICLE XIV - Responsibilities of the Summer Institute Director Note: Directing the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Summer Institute is the responsibility of the Director of Teacher Preparation and is subject to review by the President of the Foundation. ARTICLE XV - Meetings Quarterly Meetings: The Academy shall hold quarterly meetings in the months of October, January, April, and July, and shall meet at such other times as deemed necessary to carry on the objectives and projects of the Academy. Notice of these meeting dates will be given to Fellows in the beginning of the school year. Agendas of these meetings will be mailed three weeks before the meeting date. Emergency Meetings: Emergency meetings of the full Academy may be called under extraordinary circumstances. Meetings may be called either by the Academy Committee or by a petition signed by no fewer than thirty per cent of the fellows. Under no circumstances will less than two weeks notice be given for any full meeting of the Academy. Quorum: A quorum shall be those Fellows in attendance at a meeting of the Academy, provided notice shall have been given of the date and location of the meeting to all Fellows under the provisions of this document. Voting Procedures Eligibility: All members of the Academy are entitled to vote on any issue before the full Academy. No other persons may vote on such issues. Procedure: At a full meeting of the Academy, votes may be taken in any manner deemed advisable by the Chair. Voting by the members present at the meeting or polling by the entire membership through surface mail or voice mail may be advised. Fellows may request a secret ballot. On issues or elections for which the Fellows have been given advanced written notice, votes by proxy may be accepted. Such votes may be transmitted to the Chair in writing. If the vote is for the election of the Chairperson, the Academy Committee may designate a special recipient of the proxy votes.


Adoption Procedures: At all times, every reasonable attempt must be made to reach a consensus on issues before the Academy. In order for any vote (other than the elections of officers, committee members, and new program initiatives) to be recognized as carried, a simple majority of those attending the meetings is required. Elections of officers and new program initiatives require the participation of 2/3 of the membership. Reconsideration: Should no less than thirty per cent of the Fellows indicate their desire to the Chairperson to reconsider an adopted position of the Academy, such issue shall be placed before the Academy at the next meeting for reconsideration. All votes taken by the Academy shall be considered binding unless reconsidered under this provision. ARTICLE XVI - Standing and Project Committees The Academy Committee shall create such committees as are necessary to carry on the work of the Academy. A member of the Academy Committee shall, whenever possible, serve on or chair each such committee and report the committee's activities and recommendations to the Academy Committee. If a particular project is completed, the committee serving it shall be dissolved. ARTICLE XVII - Establishing New Policies and Procedures New policies and procedures may be established at a regular or special meeting of the Academy, if two thirds of the membership reach consensus. ARTICLE XVIII - Parliamentary Authority The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order Revised shall govern this Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Articles of Organization and Procedure. ARTICLE XIX - Amendments These articles may be amended or changed if two thirds of the membership reach consensus.


The Golden Apple Academy Reading Bill of Rights

We believe that literacy is a fundamental human right, that in the global technological society of the twenty-first century, the ability to read is the key to equal opportunity for all and is necessary to maintaining our democratic form of government. We further believe that all of us share a responsibility to protect the interests of the most precious and vulnerable members of our society -- children. In that spirit, we declare all children have a right to I. II. III. A caring community that understands the process and value of learning to read. Immersion in rich and varied language experiences from birth, with daily opportunities to engage in and interact with language. Qualified reading specialists in pre-kindergarten through third grade as their classroom teachers and early intervention if they are identified as at risk of experiencing difficulty in learning to read. Continued intensive reading support, should they not be successful readers by the end of third grade, and teachers who have a deep understanding of literacy development and instructional strategies that promote student success in reading. Teachers who continuously strengthen and refine their practice and who are models of literacy. Resources, provided on a continuing basis, to help them become successful readers, including access to a wide variety of reading materials, both print and electronic, filling every classroom, library and home, reflecting diverse cultures, viewpoints, and voices, including the children's own. Multiple ways of demonstrating their literacy. Full participation as members of the literate community; the opportunity to grow to love reading and to become independent strategic readers; to have their voices heard, respected, and celebrated.


V. VI.


Ratified April 26, 2000


What Golden Apple Recognition Means

Heres what weve said over the years in our Awards program booklets about Recognition. By recognizing and rewarding individual talent and dedication, the Foundation hopes to identify a cadre of superior teachers who can become a potent force in improving the quality of American education. 1986 When the founders of The Foundation for Excellence in Teaching originated The Academy of Educators programthey quietly hoped that these teachers, once selected, would join an active campaign for change and improvement of our education system. These hopes were fulfilled when the first class of Academy Fellows committed themselves to developing The Academy of Educators into an ongoing public institution, dedicated to improving education. Under the guidance of the Fellows, The Academy of Educators has emerged as a unique and forceful think tankAll initiatives taken by the Fellows are evaluated against the Fellows guiding objectives: (including) To establish ways for teachers to be active in setting education policy. Outstanding teachers, by nature of their immediate contact with students, are our nations most obvious source of creative, constructive and workable suggestions on how to improve education. The Academy of Educators provides these teachers, publicly selected for their excellence, with the organization and support needed to formulate and communicate their ideas. By developing this leadership role, The Fellows can contribute to the betterment of Chicago-area education as well as provide other communities with a model of how improvement can be achieved in their schools. 1987 During their sabbaticals, the new Fellows participate in a seminar program designed to prepare them to become spokespersons for the profession, pursuing issues most vital to fostering excellence in education. 1988 As the Academy has grown, it has become the heart of the Foundation, serving as a vehicle by which exemplary teachers create programs to improve teaching 1994 I am astonished and humbled by the tremendous growth of the Golden Apple Foundation these past ten years--humbled by the amazing talent and insight of our Fellows in making the Foundation their own as a vehicle for effecting change in the way we recognize, recruit, and renew excellent teachers.


I challenge the Academy not to become complacent with its successes but rather extend its reach beyond what seems possible today, capitalizing on the innovation and creativity of its members. Mike Koldyke in 1995 Golden Apple recognition does not stop with a trophy and a pat on the back. Golden Apple winners become members of the Golden Apple Academy. 1995 2002 Tonights ten Award winners will bring to 200 the number of teachers inducted into the Golden Apple Academy teachers who represent the best in the profession. 2003 - 2005 The Awards Ceremony has always recognized excellence in teaching, but it is much more than a trophy presentation. Teachers like those that stand before you tonight remind us that excellence rarely lies with the status quo. 2006 It is Golden Apples honor to congratulate and welcome the 2007 Golden Apple Award Winners to our family and to a life-changing experience. The bond these 10 teachers will form will be unique and life-lasting. 2007 Tonight is both a celebration and a beginning for this years Award winners. While they have inspired hundreds of students in the classroom. Golden Apple will enable them to extend their reach and impact to many more. 2008 You are here tonight to witness the daily undisputed benefit of our work by Golden Apple teachers at it highest form, through the transformative power of excellent teaching of the youngest of our children. No work is as much misunderstood or as important. Lives have been saved by these 10 brave colleagues 2009 Tonight in gratitude to Mike and Pat Koldyke we return to our signature event, honored to present ten superior practitioners of the teachers craft. Our founders had the foresight in 1985 to counter the prevailing negativity and cynicism of the time to champion excellence in teaching. The change and the steady improvement in education and teaching in the Chicago area, despite persistent challenges, can be marked from our inception. 2010 Rarely has the focus on education and on teaching itself been so acute, and the debate about what occurs within the classroom so important. Tim and again in study after study, the critical factor controlling the quality of the educational experience has been the quality of the adult in the classroom. In that context we warmly welcome you to the 26th annual presentation of the Golden apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Long before it became noted of value Golden Apple has championed the work of the excellent teacher practitioner, and help up those awarded through our exhausting process as examples of the good that occurs every day across this section of Illinois. 2011


Seminar Series Objectives Northwestern University

Director of Professional Development Penny Lundquist
The following objectives have guided the Golden Apple Academy sabbatical seminar series. They are based on the Academy's experience with the seminar process and the original purpose for the seminars as envisioned by Golden Apple. Fellows receive credit and a letter grade for the seminar course, so the program must also meet the requirements established by the university, including attendance. To explore one or more topics in education, identified by the Fellows of the seminar To engage in conversation with individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields and who offer possible solutions to the challenges facing American schools To expand our understanding of some of the important issues and challenges we face as teachers through conversation with teaching peers and with others who offer interesting, significant, or divergent perspectives on those issues and challenges To enhance our awareness of ourselves as reflective practitioners of the art and craft of teaching To prepare for further leadership in classroom practice and education reform To acquire skills, information, insights, and experience that will be useful professionally and personally To establish a collegial network within our class of Fellows To create something that will reflect our time together on sabbatical To prepare for informed membership and active participation in the Golden Apple Academy "The Academy is a living community of friends." Marsilio Ficino


Inquiry Science Institute: The Program

Since 1989, Golden Apple has provided professional development for over 5,000 Chicago-area teachers in science instruction through its science workshop, traditionally held for one week each summer. Inquiry Science Institute represents Golden Apples strategic intent to take 20 years of science workshop success to scale: Pilot cohort of 18 CPS schools located on Chicagos South and Southwest Sides in 2010-11 90 total teachers - five per school - leading their respective faculty through whole-school professional development and use of the inquiry approach to science instruction (a "teachers-teaching-teachers" model) Two-year relationship with each school, including two science workshops (one in each summer) and ongoing, in-school coaching, facilitated professional work sessions and team-building throughout the school year Expert faculty, including Golden Apple Fellows, providing content and instruction Web 2.0 technology facilitating exchange of learning between participating teachers, including the use of Facebook, Twitter, and a blog, iTeamchicago. Our Partners Golden Apple will continue to partner with several important organizations and Institutions critical to ISI program content and delivery: Chicago Public Schools Museum of Science & Industry Adler Planetarium & Science Museum Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) Benedictine University John G. Shedd Aquarium Partnership for 21st Century Skills


The Outcomes

IS3 seeks to increase student science performance in each partner CPS school five to 10 percentage points over two years, as aligned with each schools School Improvement Plan for Advancing Academic Achievement (SIPAAA). Golden Apple will measure progress using: Student achievement data in science Teacher surveys (pre-, mid-, and post-) Principal observation Classroom and lesson analysis via protocols and videotapes of instruction Survey of Enacted Curriculum (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Science in Action

The Inquiry Science Institute, Golden Apples new professional development initiative, works with existing CPS science teachers to improve their ability to engage students in doing science using the inquiry approach endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association and other leading science organizations.


GOLDEN APPLE SCHOLARS OF ILLINOIS The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares a diverse group of bright and talented high school graduates and college sophomores who have the promise for successful careers as excellent teachers in high-need schools throughout Illinois.

2012 Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Pat and Mike congratulating one of the 2012 Scholars

Jim, Mike, Pat, Dom and Zio with 1993 Scholars


PROGRAM COMPONENTS: ADMISSIONS ASSISTANCE Each of the 53 university partners has a Golden Apple liaison that assists Scholars with both admission and financial aid questions. The participating universities and colleges are listed in the application. SUMMER INSTITUTE The four Summer Institutes are the core of the Scholar program. Scholars receive a $2,000 stipend per summer for attending the Summer Institutes. In addition, room expenses are paid by the Scholars program. Participation in the Summer Institutes is mandatory. First and Second Summers: Scholars attend a six-week residential program at DePaul University where they live in dormitories on campus. The first Summer Institute begins the summer after high school graduation. Scholars spend four mornings a week as interns in a Chicago school. They reflect on their internship experiences in seminars facilitated by award-winning teachers. They also participate in a core curriculum of writing, math, computer skills, learning styles and other aspects of the art and craft of teaching. Third Summer: Scholars attend a five-week residential program that includes a series of classes and workshops highlighting Common Core Standards, classroom management strategies, building relationships with students, and best practices foe engaged learning. Fourth Summer: Scholars attend an intensive four-week residential program tailored to prepare them for student teaching and job placement.

Mentoring is available from the Golden Apple network of award-winning teachers and colleagues. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE All Golden Apple Scholars receive tuition assistance of $2,500 per year for freshmen and sophomore years and $5,000 per year for junior and senior years, paid directly to the Scholar's undergraduate institution. Scholars chosen when they are college sophomores receive the scholarship for two years. This scholarship is contingent upon completion of a four-year teacher preparation program and maintaining a 2.5 (4.0 scale) for each marking period until graduation and teaching in an Illinois school-of-need for five years. The Summer Institute stipend of $2,000 per summer is given with a total financial package of $23,000.00 when funds are available.


CORE: Workshops and Sharing Between Scholars and Fellows The year 1997 was an eventful year. The first class of Golden Apple Scholars fulfilled their five-year commitment of teaching in a high-needs school, and then asked the question, Are we no longer Scholars? What did they want? They wanted to stay connected with Golden Apple, they wanted ongoing professional development and they wanted camaraderie. The dream evolved from those desires: Scholars, Fellows, staff and Pat Koldyke, the first director, initiated CORE. CORE is an annual five-day conference held at Andrew Conference Center on the Saint Xavier University campus in Chicago campus. It is directed by Sister Raeleen Sweeney, a 1988 Fellow, and a team of volunteer Scholars and Fellows. The annual conference is organized and planned by Scholars, Fellows and education consultants. The arts and craft of classroom teaching is enhanced, demonstrated, shared and created during the CORE conference shortly before the new school year convenes. It is a week of enrichment, fun and as the first class of Scholars requested ongoing professional development, camaraderie and an avenue to staying connected with the Golden Apple community. The professional and personal needs of classroom teachers are addressed, following the Illinois Standards and providing Credits for Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for state re-certification. CORE is open to PreK-12 teaching professionals. See the Golden Apple website: for more details: www.goldenapple.org/CORE Comments from CORE participants (Scholars and colleagues): I love reconnecting with friends. Helpful info received in each session Getting to know other teachers. Communicate with Scholars, share & gain new ideas. CORE allows us to network and support each other. I made great friends; I was able to learn strategies that I can use in my classroom with my students. I learned a lot about myself as a teacher & positive changes I can make to better my teaching. The freebies are great, but the sessions, ideas, and interaction are priceless. Talking with other Scholars, sharing ideas, getting advice, getting energized and getting excited about teaching. Being around such supportive teachers. Meeting up with my old friends and being introduced to the new Scholars and teachers was the best part. I felt so very refreshed.


Academy Tentative Master Calendar for 2012 and 2013

June 2012 Fri. June 1 Sat., June 16 Sun., June 17 Mon., June 18 Tues., June 27 Wed., June 29 Fri., June 29 July 2012 Wed., July 18 Thurs., July 19 Fri., July 20 Thurs., July 26 Mon., Jul 30 August 2012 Mon., Aug. 6 September 2012 Thurs., Sept. 20 Sat., Sept. 29 October 2012 Fri., Oct. 12 Thurs., Oct. 25 November 2012 Sat., Nov. 17 December 2012 Thurs., Dec. 13 Mon., Dec. 31 January 2013 TBD March 2013 Sat., Mar. 9 Mar. 18 Apr. 22 Mon., Mar. 25 April 2013 TBD Thurs., Apr. 25 Sat., Apr. 27 2013 Awards nominations for high school teachers open on line 1st & 2nd Year Scholars Summer Institute starts DePaul IMSA Summer Institute IMSA 3rd Summer Institute Dominican 4th Year Scholars Summer Institute starts Elmhurst CORE begins SXU Crystal Apples awarded this dinner ends CORE SXU Dominican Summer Institute closes Elmhurst Summer Institute closes IMSA Summer Institute closes DePaul Summer Institute closes Academy Networking with Teaching Scholars at CORE 2013 Award nominations/posters mailed to schools Principal/Head of School notification about Quarterly sent Academy Committee meeting Teachers for Tomorrow Conference GAF Walter Payton HS WTTW TBD


Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching Academy Fall Quarterly meeting, 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Selection Committee meeting 9 a.m. noon for Award preparation Academy Committee meeting 2013 Awards nominations close Orientation for 2012 Fellows at Northwestern University Site Observation Orientation, 9 a.m. Finalists selection, 10 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Finalists site observations in schools 2012 Fellows start their sabbatical Celebration of Excellence for 2013 Award Finalists Academy Committee Teleconference meeting 2013 Fellows Selection, 9 a.m. 3:00 p.m. GAF GAF



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