TOMBALL - For her continued commitment to Project Based Learning (PBL), 2017-18 Tomball ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Haley Galyean (Oakcrest Intermediate) was selected as one of 14 educators from around the country to participate in the inaugural EcoRise Summer Institute in Austin later this month.
EcoRise is a nonprofit curriculum and training provider based in Austin. The Summer Institute is a three-day event and will feature K-12 teachers and administrators who understand the value of igniting a new generation of green leaders.
Galyean was selected among a competitive group as one of just 14 to participate as an Ambassador and will have the opportunity to showcase her outstanding way of educating students through the PBL learning experience.
“PBL is a paradigm shift from traditional instruction and requires training for educators like myself in order to provide real world learning tasks for students,” Galyean said. “I look forward to meeting other PBL educators from around the country and hearing about how they use PBL to engage students in learning.”
The Summer Institute will take place from July 29 to August 1 and is hosted by St. Edward’s University in Austin. Teachers and administrators across eight regions in the United States were selected to participate.
“Our goal is to cultivate a national cohort of passionate and talented teachers who can leverage their shared experiences and resources to increase our collective impact,” EcoRise Program Director Abby Randall said.
“EcoRise’s mission is to inspire and educate a new generation of leaders and equip students with the skills they need to design a more sustainable future for all. By the end of the three days, attendees will have a deeper understanding of EcoRise’s educational resources and how to effectively apply them.”
Galyean is a rising star in Tomball ISD. She currently teaches sixth grade math at Oakcrest Intermediate School. During her tenure for Tomball ISD, Galyean has been named Tomball ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, Oakcrest Intermediate Teacher of the Year and the ConocoPhillips Teacher of the Month due to her impact in the district through Project Based Learning and technology integration in her classroom.
Her students were awarded several grants to build a sustainable garden (learn more here) as well an innovative space, featuring 1,400 square feet converted to have tire seats, benches and flower gardens, allowing students, classes and school faculty a place to relax or teach outside the traditional classroom setting.
“I believe PBL provides a more authentic way for students to connect learning to the world around them,” Galyean said. “I look forward to bringing back information on the PBL process, including EcoRise’s curriculum and Eco-Audit grants, to share with teachers at the upcoming district professional development next month.”
About Tomball Independent School District
Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 16,000 students at 20 campuses.