Danville teacher earns national fellowship

Montair's Scott receives award from education publishing company

Hollis Scott, a fifth-grade teacher at Danville's Montair Elementary School, has been named one of 11 recipients of a national fellowship offered through educational content publisher Heinemann.

A 12-year Montair educator, Scott was singled out for her efforts to integrate technology in her classroom to engage her young students, according to fellowship coordinators from Heinemann, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

As part of the two-year Heinemann fellowship program, she will complete an individual research project that addresses a challenge shared by schools nationwide.

"I'm excited to do this program for the women in my life," Scott said in a statement.

"For my two daughters, I would like to model the importance a giving back to better the world. And for my two aunts (age 76 and 80), who have dedicated their lives to education, including doing work with orphanages in Burma for the last 10 years, I would like to carry on in their tradition of making an impact on education," she added.

Scott joined the San Ramon Valley school district in August 2004 as a fourth-grade teacher at Montair. She has worked at the campus on Quinterra Lane just outside downtown Danville for her entire tenure, and she now teaches fifth grade there.

According to fellowship officials, "Scott was selected for her leadership and insight, particularly when it comes to integrating technology effectively in classrooms. Her pedagogy is steeped in an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning, global citizenship, visible thinking, and incorporating social and emotional learning across curriculum."

They cited her work to engage her students and enhance their learning opportunities through Google Hangouts, classroom-wide Twitter chats and organizing webinars on digital cartography with Harvard scientists.

Scott will continue to teach at Montair during her fellowship. She will take part in a mix of in-person and video meetings with other Heinemann fellows, receive one-on-one collaborative time with Heinemann author and education leader Ellin Oliver Keene and earn a modest stipend over the two years, fellowship officials said.

As part of the two-year program, she will complete a research project -- the topic of which will be determined during the first sixth months of her fellowship.

Scott will also be able to learn new education strategies through regular meetings with other fellows to share findings and feedback and refine data gathering and help interpret results, Heinemann officials said.

The application process involved full academic and professional profiles, open-answer questions, peer referrals and letters of recommendation before a panel of 10 Heinemann editors and senior leadership reviewed applications and selected the 11 finalists, according to Heinemann.

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Posted by Deborah
a resident of Danville
on May 31, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Holly works constantly to refine her teaching strategies and the learning environment for her students. She is passionate about bringing the world to her classroom and helping children develop into global citizens.

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