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Barnum educator participates in National ‘Dream Team’

Abby Kahara, a fifth grade teacher from Barnum Public Schools, spent June 4-7 in New Orleans participating in TeachFest, a unique professional development event focused on creating high-quality Common Core curricular resources. Kahara attended the event as part of LearnZillion’s national Dream Team of 200 talented math and English language arts (ELA) teachers.

At TeachFest, the Dream Team kicked-off a rigorous summer-long collaboration with educators from around the country, deepening their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and gathering best practices as input for their work with LearnZillion. Dream Team members have now returned to their respective districts to continue their work as part of a LearnZillion-facilitated digital professional learning community (PLC).

“Like every member of our Dream Team, Abby embraced this challenging professional learning opportunity because she is passionate about developing her practice and scaling her impact for the benefit of teachers and students around the world,” said Eric Westendorf, LearnZillion CEO. “It is an honor to work with and to champion talented, impact-oriented educators like Abby.”

The diverse 2014 Dream Team members were selected from a competitive pool of 4,000 applicants. They represent 42 states, three countries (U.S., Singapore and Tunisia) and over 2,300 years of teaching experience, ranging from two to 42 years in the classroom.