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Section Six - Stipend Recipients and Projects


ECATT Professional Development Funds

$475 per person


Kimberly Blaine - Pre-K Teacher - American International School of Budapest, Hungary:  For the development of a school magazine highlighting the projects, writings and accomplishments of the early childhood students (Pre-K through Grade 2).  Three magazines will be published during the 2001-2001 school year.  Information regarding the publications will be made available to other teachers and schools in the region via the CEESA website. ( )


Alison Cashman (Pre-K Teacher), Minnie Engleson (Kindergarten Teacher), and Lisa Riley (Kindergarten Teacher) - International School of Prague, Czech Republic:  These three teachers will visit the Istanbul Community School in October.  The purpose of the trip is to observe first-hand a school that serves as a model for the Primary Years Programme (PYP).  These teachers will have opportunities to observe and confer with experienced personnel regarding innovative techniques such as child-led conferences and child-centered curriculum. (;; )


Margaret Coleman - Early Childhood Coordinator - International School of Prague, Czech Republic: For the development of an assessment tool for science activities in the preschool.  Ms. Coleman's research will be based on the Project Spectrum framework for early childhood education developed at Harvard University under the direction of Dr. Howard Gardner.


Jill De Felice -  Grade 1 Teacher - Anglo-American School of Moscow: Ms. Felice will conduct a pilot research study related to a spelling self-help resource  guide she has developed. She will offer to present the results at the annual CEESA teacher's conference in 2002.

Drahusa Kovarova - German Teacher for all grade levels - Quality Schools International of Bratislava:  To participate in a summer course through the University of Birmingham, UK called TALLENT (Teaching and Learning Languages Enhanced by New Technologies).  Ms. Kovarova's school is currently in the process of setting up a language center using the Internet and CD-Roms for foreign language teaching.


KayLynne Matheson - Grade 1 Teacher - American School o f Warsaw: Ms. Matheson will purchase a digital camera to help her integrate technology/multimedia into her curriculum.  The camera will be used to document child activities, to enhance communication with non-English speaking parents, and to produce Rebus documents (a combination of words and pictures for beginning readers) and stories.


Cary Parsons - Grade 2 Teacher - American International School of Budapest: To attend  a nine day creativity workshop offered in conjunction with the University of Iowa.  The workshop includes exploration of topics such as journal writing, map-making, guided visualizations, photography, puppetry and storytelling. 


Marcia Pera - Intensive English Teacher and Coordinator - Kyiv International School, Ukraine:  Ms. Pera will use the stipend to provide resources and training related to emergent and early literacy to early childhood teachers in the school.


Ruth Anne Rasmusson - Grade 1 Teacher - American International School of Vilnius, Lithuania:  While teaching first in Indonesia and currently in Vilius, Ms. Rasmusson developed innovative methods to encourage children to create patterns combining color tiles and the sounds produced by percussion instruments.  Understanding the concept of patterning is an important basis for mathematical concepts.  She plans to use her stipend to attend the 2002 annual CEESA Teacher's conference so that she can share her successful techniques with other teachers in the region.


Suzanne Robertson - American International School of Vilnius, Lithuania: Ms. Robertson will use the stipend to attend and present at the 2002 annual CEESA Teacher's conference in Bucharest.  Her session titled, "Replacing Cookie Cutter Teaching" will assist participants in examining innovative strategies to help young children develop self-discipline and independence through meaningful learning activities.

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