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April 3, 2007 > New Haven Teachers recognized

New Haven Teachers recognized

Pioneer's Matthew Callison Named Apple Distinguished Educator; Emanuele's Kim Klindt Wins Fulbright Award

Matthew Callison, an English Language Development (ELD) specialist and third-grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary School, has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator for 2007, and Kim Klindt, a fourth-grade teacher at Emanuele Elementary, has won a Fulbright Award.

Mr. Callison is one of only 100 teachers worldwide selected this year as an Apple Distinguished Educator. The program, which identifies key educators from around the world who are emerging as leaders in the field of educational technology, began in 1994 and has honored more than 1,000 educators from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Latin America and Asia.

Mr. Callison created a website at http://booklook.org for students to create audio book reviews, attracting the attention of teachers across the country, as well as one in Canada and one in Singapore. He maintains a parent website/blog at http://37stars.org that includes updates and information for parents and also allows teachers to subscribe to new content via their email address. He also encourages students to blog at http://37writers.org.

"I find the students really like to write on and communicate in this 'real' way," he said. "The fact that teachers, parents, siblings and relatives from all over the world can read and comment on our students' writing makes writing for a blog a very authentic learning activity. In fact, students are excited to write on their blogs and often write and comment in the evenings and weekends." Mr. Callison has been invited to attend the Apple Distinguished Educator Summer Institute, July 23-28 at California State University, Monterey.

As a Fulbright winner, Ms. Klindt will go to Japan for three weeks during the summer to study the Japanese education system. She is one of only four California teachers selected to be part of a 200-teacher delegation from across the country.

The teachers will travel in June for several days of seminars in Tokyo, meeting with education, government and business leaders. Dividing into groups of 20, they then will visit selected communities throughout Japan, interacting with teachers, students and parents.

Ms. Klindt said she is looking forward to sharing her experiences with her students through "a blog, podcasts and webcasts from Japan."

"Since I will loop my class and keep them for fifth grade also, I will be able to teach my kids some things about Japan this year and carry it over in the fall."

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