Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 10, 2013

Lawrence teacher awarded fellowship

Staff report
The Independent

LOUISA —  Lawrence County High School teacher Joseph Harris is one of 20 teachers from across the state selected recently by the Hope Street Group as one of its inaugural group of Kentucky Teacher Fellows.

Fellowship recipients represent some of Kentucky’s most outstanding teachers, according to a statement from the non-profit organization. Selected for their strong individual commitments to improving learning outcomes for children, the Hope Street Group Kentucky Teacher Fellows will serve as leaders over the next 12 months.

Educators chosen for the fellowships will work to engage school communities, inform state policy discussions and participate in professional development and training opportunities to elevate the teaching profession and enhance the quality of primary and secondary classroom education.

“Today’s announcement of the Kentucky Hope Street Group Teacher Fellows is a tremendous step toward our common commitment to engaging teachers at every level,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “This collaborative program will support and reinforce our strategic work around educator effectiveness with the ultimate goal of ensuring all Kentucky students graduate from high school college/career-ready.”

Harris teaches English and AP language at Lawrence County High, and serves as the English Professional Learning Communities Team Lead for grades 9-12 and as a Teacher Leader on both the School Instructional Leadership Team and District Instructional Leadership Team/Improvement Planning Committee.

During the 2011 and 2012 school years, Harris was a participant in the ELA Teacher Leader Network through Kentucky Educational Development Cooperative where he received training in topics including Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning, Common Core Standards, literacy strategies, and formative assessment.

"The citizens of Kentucky, as well as the country, watch as the implementation and intersection of teacher effectiveness systems and common core standards begin,” said Hope Street Vice President of Education Dan Cruce. “Hope Street Group and Kentucky stakeholders believe that this intersection must be met with informed educator feedback. The Hope Street Group Kentucky Teacher Fellows have a critical charge ahead to expand engagement of their peers, by their peers. They stand ready to lead in this role as they lead every day in their respective classrooms.”