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Topics: Connected Educator, Remind, Piktochart, Teacherpreneur, Voxer, EdTech, Special Education, Infographics, Technology, Motivation, Blogger, Community Partners, Culturally Responsive, Diversity
Topics: Presenter, blogger, consultant, community manager
Valerie Lewis is dedicated to the transformation of learning through engaging and creative activities for ALL students. Today’s classroom has not varied much from classrooms 100 years ago---that is problematic! Though many teachers use effective strategies to engage students, the data suggests that we are still behind many other countries when we should be leading the way.
The goal is to activate critical learning possibilities that will prepare students for NOW skills that will allow them to compete on a global scale! Teaching and modeling the importance of student voice is necessary for them to self-advocate. Students know best their interests and my focus is student-centered lessons that cater to a variety of learning styles (especially students with disabilities).
Recognizing that the workplace may limit her gifts, she founded AppleSeed Learning to offer up learning through community-based cultural programs, partnerships with community leaders, innovative learning labs, and one of the newest projects to be born: The EdObstacle Course! She is the Director of Teacherpreneur chat on Voxer to encourage others (and herself) to delve deeper into one's passion and merge it with sound business practices.
Valerie is respected amongst her peers as a MOTIVATOR (of staff and students alike) and as a result she has led the Special Education Department for a number of years. She is Remind's Connected Educator's Lead Teacher for SpEd teachers. She also consults the New Business and Development group of Cox Communications in Atlanta on educational initiatives. She has written blogs for companies like Piktochart and EdSurge concerning Professional Development and the integration of Infographics within the classroom.
She is a believer that the learning environment is the 3rd teacher and the space communicates the expectations to students. Valerie continues to leverage educational technology within the classroom in order to move students beyond selfies, text messages and their earbuds. Armed with a sound pedagogy, she shines as a thought leader and guide for meeting the learner's needs in TODAY’s classrooms. Teaching and learning should not feel like a task but be mindful that the experience should be... One Size fits One!
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