Josh Gerloff and Conor Corey Earn Educator Award/Recognition
In August of 2017, I was lucky enough to be hired by Centennial School District as a math specialist and work with one of my previous coworkers, Conor Corey. We set out on a mission to erase expensive math resources from schools budgets in favor of open educational resources that actually work. This saves the school district thousands and actually allows teachers to provide targeted instruction.
One such program we like to use is Khan Academy. In November, two of the elementary schools where we oversee math intervention were National Grand Prize Finalists in Khan Academy's 2017 LearnStorm competition. This was Khan Academy’s first nationwide academic competition. Over 900,000 students and over 20,000 teachers in grades 3-12 competed. Khan Academy held a rally for the schools and came out to recognize the students all the way from California. We could not have done this without Dr David Baugh (Superintendent) and his Administrative Team, who gave their full support and encouragement to the project we had pioneered over the last eight years.
Khan Academy proved to be a superior resource for individualized, data driven instruction, making it a perfect fit for Centennial’s overarching equity objectives. Conor Corey and I were also recognized by Khan Academy, and Pennsylvania School Board Association and Pennsylvania State Legislators for our leadership in education. You can see those pictures in the gallery. It has been an amazing 2017 and 2018 looks even brighter.