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Central Elementary School teacher named transformED Teaching Fellow by AIU

Central Elementary School teacher named transformED Teaching Fellow by AIU
Zachary D'Amico

HTSD is pleased to announce that Mrs. Shanna Struble, was selected by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) to be a transformED Teaching Fellow!

Mrs. Struble teaches second grade at Central Elementary School. The AIU piloted the fellowship last year as its latest vehicle for providing transformational professional development opportunities. Mrs. Struble is one of 36 teachers selected across the region to be awarded a 2022-2023 transformED Teaching Fellowship.

“I'm excited to work and learn collectively with fellow teachers from around the region to bring innovative opportunities to my students,” said Mrs. Struble. “With the mini-grant funding I'm able to provide real-world experiences for my students that will present the opportunity for them to see their planning, skill application and problem-solving come to life within the walls of the classroom.”

The transformED Teaching Fellowship reflects the AIU’s commitment to support the professional development of quality educators, and the AIU is excited to embark upon this next iteration of the initiative that aims to convene teacher leaders interested in instructional innovation to incubate new approaches to teaching and learning. 

As part of this small community of practice, fellows will learn collectively with their peers in sessions held throughout the remainder of the school year. In addition, each fellow receives a $1,500 classroom mini grant to purchase technology, subscriptions, maker materials and other resources to support their innovative teaching approaches to be applied in their classrooms.

TransformED is an initiative of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit that connects educators with the professional learning, technology access, peer networks and grant funding they need to start, scale and sustain transformational change.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this fellowship to teachers in Western Pennsylvania,” said Tyler Samstag, director of instructional innovation at the AIU. “We believe that by providing educators with the opportunity to collaborate and experiment with new teaching approaches, we can support the development of innovative and effective teaching practices.”

This fellowship was made possible through grant funding provided by the Grable and Hillman foundations.