Congratulations to Beth Alexander, who joins an elite network of premier educators from all over the world upon receiving a Lowell Milken Centre Fellowship this June. The fellowship recognizes her achievements in teaching understanding and respect through project-based learning. Other criteria include exceptional educational talent, effective instructional practices, exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom, and an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues, communities and beyond. Beth will spend a week at The Lowell Milken Centre in Fort Hood, Kansas where she will network and collaborate with top educators from around the world to enhance student learning experiences, and learn new tools to draw out the highest potential from students.
Press Release: Beth Alexander Named 2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
FORT SCOTT, KS – June 1, 2019: The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to STEM teacher, Beth Alexander, of The Linden School in Toronto, Canada. Beth Alexander will arrive in Fort Scott on June 16thfor a week of collaboration with LMC staff.
The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.
Beth Alexander has taught for 15 years at The Linden School in Toronto, Ontario, a school dedicated to using a social justice and anti-oppressive framework to raise the voices of girls everywhere. Beth is currently Curriculum Leader and runs the CERES Lab for coding, engineering, robotics, electronics, and science. Beth teaches her students, in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 9, the power of their own potential as they find meaningful real-world connections to technology. Her students learn by doing, through projects that help them use their skills to solve problems they see in the world around them. Beth is known for her high-energy lessons and ability to encourage students who have had difficulty with STEM classes in the past.
In 2016, Beth received a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence from Justin Trudeau for her commitment to bringing STEM subjects to light through meaningful student projects, social justice teaching, and a commitment to citizen science. She organizes an annual conference, “Teaching for Justice,” which is a gathering place for educators wanting to move beyond the curriculum and make the world a more equitable place. Outside of school, she is busy coaching, writing curriculum, championing student initiatives, and running clubs like the Makerspace. She has also developed community programs for at-risk youth and volunteered on a crisis line.
LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “By helping young girls to see their own potential, Beth encourages them to realize their dreams and make a difference in the world around them. Her energy, passion and enthusiasm are the very traits that make her an outstanding Fellow.”
While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.