Meet the Scholars 2012-2013

CynthiaBenjie Achtenberg
Developing historical understandings through interpretation of maps
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
Karen Wells 
Developing an awareness of intonation in instrumental music
Berkeley High School
BUSD
CynthiaRebecca Akin
Understanding and using evidence in first grade science 
Korematsu Discovery Academy
OUSD
Laura Alvarez
Supporting ideas with evidence in speaking and writing
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaShannon Amaral
Using TEACCH strategies to promote independence in work activities
Rosa Parks
BUSD

Carrie Anderson
Tracking conceptual understanding in science
New Highland Academy
OUSD

Jonaton Arias
Checking for understanding during direct Language Arts instruction
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
Alicia Arnold
Facilitating the art of questioning
New Highland Academy
OUSD

Christina Ayala
Building fourth graders’ inferential thinking
ASCEND School
OUSD              

CynthiaEmily Starr Bean
Social emotional health of classroom
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaKim Beeson
Emergent storybooks to support struggling readers
Rosa Parks
BUSD
Courtney Connelly
Developing independent work habits in seventh grade history 
Montera Middle School
OUSD
CynthiaGretchen Biehl
Partner reading to support reading engagement and textual analysis
Rosa Parks
BUSD
Cynthia Epps
Development of mathematical thinking in fifth graders
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD
Joan Bonsey
Articulating mathematical reasoning in third grade bilingual
Washington Elementary
SLUSD

CynthiaHilda Bucio
Parent-teacher communication and student achievement
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD

Cassandra Bull

Development of number sense in kindergarten 
LeConte Elementray School
BUSD
 
 
 
Andrea Calderon
Supporting Latino/a students to be active participants in read aloud conversations
Rosa Parks
BUSD
Caroline Jones
Facilitating peer interaction and play in Pre-K Special Ed 
Korematsu Discovery Academy
OUSD

Torina Carter
Supporting idea development in personal and fictional narratives
Rosa Parks
BUSD
CynthiaMichelle Cascio
Supporting students to express their mathematical understanding
Korematsu Discovery Academy
OUSD

Alane Paul Castro
Supporting students to develop their own questions
Washington Elementary
SLUSD
Robyn Chevalier-Hall
Group work as a support for learning
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaMarijke Conklin
African American boys’ connection to school in a dual-immersion program
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaMichelle Contreras
Partner reading to support reading practices 
Rosa Parks
BUSD
Moyra Contreras
School discipline data and school wide positive behavior support
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
Teresa Contreras-Chavez 
Understanding barriers to reading development
RISE
OUSD

Holly Coombs
Supporting comprehension through peer feedback on student summaries in book groups 
Anna Yates
Emery USD

Katie Curry 
Guided reading to support low readers
Rosa Parks
BUSD
CynthiaAsucena Davila
Expression of mathematical thinking
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaJoanna Davis
Non- cognitive skills developed through partner reading
New Highland Academy
OUSD
Shuli De la Fuente 
Understanding students’ thinking behind their mathematical operations
RISE
OUSD
Rodrigo Delcid Jr.
Math worksheets and student learning
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaSusan Deming
Higher order thinking assessment in art
Roosevelet
SLUSD
CynthiaDebbie Dodd 
Effective reading intervention for low readers
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD
Tracy Dordell
Developing ideas through journal writing
New Highland Academy
OUSD
Victoria Forrester
Building a supportive lunchroom culture
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD
 CynthiaPaco Furlan
Developing school’s environmental science program
Rosa Parks
BUSD
Kate Gallagher
Facilitating partner work in science
RISE
OUSD
CynthiaAnita Langa
Using evidence in expository writing
Korematsu Discovery Academy
OUSD
CynthiaShelley Grant
Multi-segment position graphs and mathematical skills
Berkeley High School
BUSD
Leslie Hanna 
Supporting math reflection through student journals 
Korematsu Discovery Academy
OUSD
CynthiaLisa Hiltbrand
Self-assessment of reading strategy learning targets
Urban Promise Academy
OUSD
CynthiaCheri Hinkley
Partner reading to support reading practices
Rosa Parks
BUSD
EveTracey Iglehart
Investigating the reading-writing relationship
Rosa Parks
BUSD
CynthiaChannon Neal de Stanton
Developing students’ science vocabulary
New Highland Academy
OUSD
CynthiaAmy Symons
Supporting teachers to differentiate effectively for their students
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Oakland
CynthiaSam Johnson
Motion graphs and critical thinking skills
Arroyo High School
SLZUSD
Charity Johnston
Supporting students to develop number sense 
LeConte Elementray School
BUSD

CynthiaLauren Kayed
Effective interventions for lowest readers
RISE
OUSD

Karen Koizumi
Developing literacy skills through individual goal- setting and conferencing 
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD

 Lauren Lipka
Building math skills through differentiation 
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD
CynthiaNessa Mahmoudi
Spanish language learners’ developing use of specific language features
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaAndrea Maoki
Expression of mathematical thinking
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
Krishna Feeney
Developing and articulating mathematical reasoning in sixth grade
Montera Middle School
OUSD
CynthiaMatilde Merello
Partner reading to support reading engagement and textual analysis 
Rosa Parks
BUSD
Mike Michel
Science journals in the kindergarten classroom
New Highland Academy
OUSD
Rosa Miller
Raising the level of discourse in discussions about reading
ASCEND School
OUSD
JoAnna Miller
Fostering self- advocacy and metacognition for students with IEP’s
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
AlexDina Moskowitz
Building students’ metacognitive awareness of effective reading strategies
Creative Arts Charter School
SFUSD

Blair Mosner
Developing specificity in social studies writing 
Unity High School
Oakland

CynthiaKenny Moy
Building third graders’ writing fluency
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD
CynthiaKate Nichols
Developing classroom practices that provide evidence of understanding  
RISE
OUSD
CynthiaAlberto Nodal
Eliciting language in kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students
Colonial Acres
SLZUSD
CynthiaNandini Pal
Developing students’ ability to frame questions 
Korematsu Discovery Academy
OUSD
 Wendy Papciak
Identifying effective reading strategies for individual students 
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD
CynthiaBrook Pessin-Whedbee
Story plays in the kindergarten classroom
Rosa Parks
BUSD
Kirsti Peters 
Supporting engaged reading in low readers
RISE
OUSD

Renee Purdy
Supporting use of decoding strategies 
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD

Evelyn Ramirez
Latina first graders’ developing math understanding
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaJulie Rich
Supporting summarizing and paraphrasing texts 
Rosa Parks
BUSD
CynthiaLeah Rotkin-Ellman
Developing writing through teacher and peer feedback 
Urban Promise Academy
OUSD
CynthiaLuz Salazar-Jed
Language development in a dual-immersion classroom
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD
CynthiaLubia Sanchez
School discipline data and school wide positive behavior support
Melrose Leadership Academy
OUSD

Marguerite Sheffer
Developing writing through the use and gradual release of scaffolds
Castlemont High School
OUSD

Claire Shorall
Discussion protocols to build science content understanding
Castlemont High School
OUSD
AlexAija Simmons
Promoting student thinking through science journals
New Highland Academy
OUSD
Simone Busuttil
Articulating mathematical thinking
Korematsu Discovery Academy
OUSD
Tara Kaur Singh
Independent learning through the use of literacy stations
Learning Without Limits
OUSD
Mitchell Singsheim
Student understanding of science vocabulary
Castlemont High School
OUSD
CynthiaLois Smith
Supporting expression of critical thinking in English Language Arts
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD
Kate Snyder
ELL reading comprehension with Reader’s Workshop model
ASCEND School
OUSD
Tessa Strauss
ELL reading comprehension with Reader’s Workshop model 
Ascend Elementary School
OUSD
Dana Sudduth
Supporting struggling readers to strengthen their reading comprehension
Montera Middle School
OUSD
Julie Thomas
Development of number sense in Far Below Basic students
Roosevelt Elementary
SLUSD
Ginny Tremblay
Integrating art and content area subjects
Albany High School
AUSD
Alexandra Tyshler 
Supporting students to develop number sense 
LeConte Elementray School
BUSD
CynthiaMelissa Valdivia
Developing self-regulation in high-needs students
SLUSD
Kimme Ward
Mathematical understanding beyond the algorithmic process
New Highland Academy
OUSD
TracyMalcolm Waugh
Development of writing in emergent writers 
Anna Yates
Emery USD
CynthiaCharles Wilson
Supporting teachers in using classroom data to understand student learning 
Korematsu Discovery Academy
OUSD
Georgia Wood
Articulating mathematical reasoning in kindergarten
Washington Elementary
SLUSD