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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Kelly Parkes


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Kelly Parkes, assistant professor of Teaching and Learning, for her learner-centered approach to teaching in a pre-professional teacher education program.

Dr. Parkes educates future K-12 music educators enrolled in a Master of Arts, with Licensure, degree in the School of Education. Her course, Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools, is taught in conjunction with field work and her students are supported as they bridge the gap between theory and practice. Dr. Parkes works specifically with her students to assist them in embracing progressive pedagogical techniques, such as learner-centered instruction, teacher-developed assessment tools, and embedded multi-modal technologies.

Dr Parkes has been recognized as an expert in Teaching Technology (XCaliber Award, 2010) and as a Scholar (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2010) and one of her students has said that "this use of technology has positively increased our classroom experience and has highly increased my abilities as a teacher. I have been repeatedly impressed with her caring nature and her ability" (Graduate, 2010). Her colleague, Dr. Kajder illustrates further that "she has leveraged the collaborative learning environment she develops across her classes to work alongside her students as design partners who aid in crafting and developing the templates used to support their work in Scholar/eportfolio".


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