Steve DeBerry, chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Education, began last week’s meeting with a remembrance of fellow member Sandra Miller, who had passed away just days before. “Our board is very much saddened this evening by the loss of one of our members, Sandra Miller. Sandra served on this board for the past 10 years, and those of us who had the pleasure and opportunity to serve with Sandra I think would all agree that not only was Sandra a wonderful and caring person, but she was a true example of what a good board member should be in the manner in which she conducted herself. Sandra’s main goal in making any decision was students first. What is the best for students, but also the fact that she was a lifelong educator gave her the insight to know and appreciate what our teachers deal with each day as well.” Board members as well as audience members stood for a moment of silence to honor Miller.

Montgomery Early College representatives Mollie Williams and Mishele Hare presented a program to the board that centered on professional development in a virtual world. Williams stated, “The challenge all teachers faced this year has been how to teach in a virtual format, in an environment we have never done before and present the material in a way that students are going to be successful, they are going to stay engaged, they are going to be motivated and they are going to be successful.” Staff realized quickly they needed professional development geared toward this type of learning, noted Williams. Drawing upon what had been successful in the past, “learning walkthroughs,” and adapting that to the virtual world was one area they chose to focus on.

For the full story, see the February 17 issue of the Montgomery Herald.