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Golden Apple Awards

Golden Apple Awards

Honoring successful teaching models and programs in Washington.

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Karshner Museum

Puyallup School District’s Karshner Museum and Center for Culture and Arts is recognized for its a rich collection of Pacific Northwest artifacts. In addition, their programs for elementary school students provide learning opportunities through hands-on activities and participation in reenactments. It’s a jewel that shines more brightly now!

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Carol Coe

Carol Coe couldn’t stay away from social studies if she tried. After 35 years as a high school social studies and language arts teacher, followed by six years of work on a doctorate
at UW, she decided to help the WA State Council for Social Studies pass the Civic Education Initiative. Her work there supports teachers with superior professional development.

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Sarah Wirtz

Middle schoolers typically ask lots of questions. Sometimes they think they have all the answers. Sarah Wirtz, 6th grade science teacher in Longview, WA, says the key to learning scientific concepts is first sparking their curiosity. It’s easy to ask “how?”, but getting to the “why?” is when the real learning happens. She keeps her students busy. Exploring. Explaining. Always curious.

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Donte Felder

What do you get when you combine language arts, social studies and filmmaking? A recipe for success! When a student learns about Rosa Parks in Golden Apple winner Donte Felder's classroom at Seattle’s Orca K-8 Film and Theater Academy, he or she can become Rosa Parks, in a video written and directed by peers.

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Teresa Scribner

Multimedia teacher snags a Golden Apple Award! Teresa Scribner, Cleveland STEM HS, tells her students to never take “no” for an answer. “The most important thing I teach them is to be good citizens, and good citizens ask strong questions,” she says. “They're exposed to so many different viewpoints. And if you can’t leave school without being a better citizen, then we haven’t done our job.”

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Leticia Clausen

Two languages are better than one! Leticia Clausen, Dual Language (Spanish) instructor at Denny Middle School, believes immersion learning accomplishes two things. Students become bilingual, but more importantly, they become bi-literate. ”It closes the achievement gap because students are understanding concepts and making connections a lot better in two languages, not just one.”

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Episode 201: John Magnus

Jon Magnus, International Language teacher at Wenatchee High School, has traveled the world, literally. In his book "S.H.I.N.E. Life Lessons Revealed," Magnus hopes to inspire his students in French class to see beyond their own experience.

Judy Woodruff
Crosscut Festival

Featured Moderator Judy Woodruff

The Crosscut Festival brings together journalists, politicians, authors and newsmakers from our community and around the nation to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives. Join the discussion May 1 & 2, 2020.

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