Prosper Independent School District’s chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), led by teacher Jennifer DeLano, continues to pave the way for future success for our young educators. In addition to being mentored during “student teaching” of sorts by current PISD teachers across the district, TAFE students compete at the state and national level in areas of curriculum development, presentation of lessons, interview and more.
The program is now blazing a new path that no other high school has endeavored. The Prosper High School TAFE officers, Julia Helmi, Brooke Blackstock and Chelsea Monterrosa, attended the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) Conference on Teaching Excellence this summer in Grapevine. ASCD is a professional organization for educators representing “more than 114,000 educators from more than 127 countries” according to their website. The Prosper group became the very first high school affiliate.
The summer conference focused on a theme of “Pathways to Equity: Understanding the full impact of inequities is the first step to creating healthy environments, supportive schools and targeted instruction that helps all students engage in meaningful opportunities to expand their learning and heighten their achievement.” The PHS TAFE officers heard keynote speakers and then worked hand-in-hand with educators from around the country to develop comprehensive equity action plans tied to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM); community and family engagement; underserved populations; and teacher leadership.