SHELBY -- The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation recently chose Shelby City Schools' teacher Jennifer Steele-Rehberg as a “Jennings Action Research Fellow.”
Steele-Rehberg, a third grader teacher at Dowds Elementary School, is one of 16 teachers in northeast Ohio to earn the title in 2019, which was presented at Kent State University.
“Since 1959, the Jennings Foundation has recognized teachers who set an example by pursuing and implementing excellent teaching practices,” said Dr. Daniel Keenan, the Foundation's Executive Director. “We honor the Jennings Action Research Fellows because they demonstrate a commitment to further develop their own skills, to take action, and to reflect on those practices with their peers. This is what excellent teaching is all about.”
This highly-regarded distinction honors master teachers in select areas of Ohio each year. Candidates, who have been nominated by their superintendents, participate in the Jennings Educators Institute during the fall.
A three-part professional development experience, the Institute encourages and supports teachers as they strive to improve their practice. Upon completing the series, participants can earn the designation “Jennings Action Research Fellow” by taking an additional step to immediately apply what they have learned.
During the next several months, they design, implement, and document lessons incorporating ideas from the Institute under the guidance of university partners. They share the outcome of their work with colleagues at the Jennings Action Research Fellows Showcase the following spring.
The Jennings Educators Institute is held each fall at one of four universities in Ohio for educators teaching in that area of the state. The 2020 Institute will take place at Otterbein University for educators from central Ohio public school districts.
The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation was founded in 1959 to provide a means for greater accomplishment on the part of Ohio's teachers and students. The Foundation awards grants to teachers, public school districts, and tax-exempt organizations that assist public elementary and secondary schools in Ohio and focuses its efforts on two themes: excellent teaching and deep learning.