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Alternative Routes to Certification

  • Stephanie Berger, Physical science teacher at Hodgson Vocational Technical High School.

    • For Stephanie, building a community was critical during virtual learning.“It was my first priority, and teaching and learning fell into place by default,” she says.A physical science teacher at Hodgson Vo-Tech, Berger did that by checking in with her students. She used Google Forms as a way for them to “share feelings and worries if they wanted.” Berger also “set aside the first minutes to talk about life, what they do outside of school, what [they had] for breakfast, and so on” via Microsoft Teams and in person.

      “I made it clear it was a safe space to chat. We have incredible counselors in vo-tech and students could go as often as they needed,” Berger says.

      During virtual learning, Berger would film herself doing the lab work and “going through lab papers” for her students. Additionally, she’d write “safe alternatives” her students could complete at home that would illustrate a “similar outcome.” Once they entered hybrid learning, she’d “do the demo or lab live while also interacting with students at home on Microsoft Teams.”

      Overall, Berger emphasized that one of her biggest takeaways from teaching during the pandemic is the “importance of community in your classroom, be it pandemic or not.” She says “the teaching and learning has incredible results after building a strong community.”

  • Lowell Buford, Science & Special Education teacher at Thomas McKean High School

  • With a bachelor’s degree in physics, Lowell earned his teaching certification through the University of Delaware Alternative Routes to Certification Program. At Thomas McKean High School, he teaches science and helps to prepare students for post-secondary success. He is a program coordinator for the school’s AVID college readiness program and a Superstars in Education award winner.

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