Called the Oscar of teaching, a Milken award went this morning to stunned Mount Zion High School teacher Shekema Silveri. Silveri teaches English/Language arts. She is the only Georgia teacher this year to win the prestigious teaching award and its $25,000 prize.
(If I can get video of the surprise announcement at the high school this morning, I will post.)
Here is her bio information from the Milken Family Foundation:
Shekema Silveri is a natural leader at Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro.. Bringing to the table an extensive community service background and first-rate academic credentials, Silveri employs multi-layered instruction and well-defined practices, all in a school with a large at-risk student population.
In the classroom, Silveri requires students to produce evidence of learning, justify their perspectives, evaluate their reasoning and set their future goals.
As part of her well-rounded approach to instruction, Silveri integrates multimedia into her lessons, using websites and blogs as well as shooting and editing video. Through these methods, Silveri’s students not only learn the information but also understand the pedagogy behind it. Silveri’s pupils posted a 100 percent passing rate on the American literature exit exam.
Her three AP classes are filled to capacity and include students who are not normally on an honors or AP track. One of her students even gained acceptance into the Governor’s Honors Program for communicative arts. Silveri takes her leadership skills outside of the classroom. She mentors colleagues, led implementation of a remediation program for seniors, and served on the ELA Textbook Adoption Team and curriculum redesign team. Silveri is also a member of 10 professional associations and is a frequent presenter at development conferences.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog