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Aspire Public Schools teacher Becky Halsey part of TeachFest conference

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Becky Halsey

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 am

A Galt woman is one of just 200 educators chosen nationwide to participate in the Bill Gates' Dream Team teaching conference, commonly known as "TeachFest."

Becky Halsey, the intervention and support teacher at Aspire Public Schools' Vincent Shalvey Academy in Morada, has been selected for the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team. More than 3,000 teachers, instructional coaches and administrators from across the country applied.

Teachers were chosen based on their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and their ability to create conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students, according to a press release.

Halsey said she is both excited and honored to be part of the Dream Team. Last year, she was chosen to attend TeachFest in Atlanta. This year, the conference will be held in San Francisco.

In her position, she works with students throughout the school in kindergarten through fifth grade, in small groups, assisting them with their math and reading skills.

Halsey will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco next month, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

TeachFest is an intensive professional development conference that kicks off the Dream Team experience. Participants will spend three days at TeachFest working with Common Core experts, content specialists and other Dream Team teachers to better understand the new standards and the best ways to teach them.

LearnZillion provides teachers with the technology and support they need to translate their classroom expertise into screencasts, a sophisticated but simple use of the computer screen for teaching.

After TeachFest, Dream Team teachers will capture their approaches and teaching methods in concise lessons that will then be made available for free to every student, teacher and parent through LearnZillion's online platform at LearnZillion.com, according to the press release.

More than 100,000 teachers are registered for the free site as well as 1.5 million students. More than 400,000 teachers and students view LearnZillion lessons each month from hundreds of countries around the world.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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