Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Director Technology and Innovation at The Ellis School, is one of 34 educators named as a Teacher of the Future for serving as a change agent, leader, and trend-setter in K-12 education. The honor is given annually by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Dr. Abel-Palmieri is a leader in learning innovation. In the past 4 months alone she has presented at five national and regional conferences including Stanford University’s Design Thinking K-12 Summit and at The Pittsburgh STEM Summit by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. She was named Director of The Ellis School's Learning Innovation Institute in June.
Soprano and Ellis alumna Lauren K. FREY '05 has won 2nd place nationally in the college/university opera division of 2014 The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award competition. When asked in 2012 how her Ellis art education influenced her, Lauren responded that "Ellis is where I was first exposed to opera. This initial operatic exposure eventually developed into a passion and a Masters of Music degree in voice performance and pedagogy!"
Ellis senior Sophia Sterling-Angus was so inspired by TED talks that she recruited a team of regional high school students and successfully obtained a TEDxYouth license. This Sunday, September 7 from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sophia and her compatriots will present TEDxYouth@HotMetalBridge at Carnegie Museum of Art to “address the challenges facing the Millennial generation.” They won't just discuss issues: they'll share design thinking methods so that audience members will have tools to confront these challenges in their own lives and communities.
Schools working to improve learning outcomes for girls in science may want to stop lecturing and start using active learning models, according to preliminary findings of a research project of the Learning Innovation Institute at The Ellis School, an all-girls school in Pittsburgh. The Ellis School found that active learning methods improved learning outcomes in physics. These include a better understanding of physics concepts and seeing that physics is relevant to everyday life. The School also saw improvements in students’ collaboration and communication in science class, both of which are crucial to success in college-level physics.
Recognizing that few if any Pittsburgh-area high schools and/or middle schools offer formal Black History education classes, Ellis senior Jourdan Washington decided to take matters into her own hands. What if young African Americans, working with local agencies and academics, worked to create a Black History class that students could view even if their school didn’t offer such a class?
Enhancing wellness and athletics is a pillar of the Ellis strategic plan. The School is proud to partner with Dr. Vonda Wright as the "Young Women's Pavilion" Sponsor for the 2014 Women's Health Conversations Conference on November 6, 2014 at the Convention Center downtown. The first 20 Ellis families to register may bring their daughter for free using promo code "WHCEllis".
Ellis graduates are leading the way. Lucy Fato '84 has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel at McGraw Hill Financial, making her one of the top employees in this prestigious company. Her appointment was reported in the July 8, 2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal.
The Ellis School today announced the creation of a new Learning Innovation Institute to pilot, create, and share innovative practices that improve learning outcomes for girls and young women and their teachers. Based at Ellis, the Institute will serve as a hub of best practices for innovative approaches to learning in K to 12 girls’ and co-ed schools. Through the Learning Innovation Institute, Ellis will create new processes, study their efficacy, publish and share results, convene with other educational innovators, and foster new ways of thinking, seeing, and learning.
Ellis history teacher Dr. Susan Corbesero was recently selected as a national Community Representative of the Digital Public Library of America. The DPLA aims to provide public access to digital holdings in order to create a massive open-source public digital library.
“Most Americans know about the basic ideas of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but are largely unaware of the context in which these were written, or the ways that they impact all of us," said Ellis history teacher Rick Malmstrom. Malmstrom, working with the Pittsburgh’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is hoping to address these issues in the ACLU's continuing educational series “Civics for Grown Ups.”
Ellis Latin students from eighth through twelfth grades competed at the 63th annual Pennsylvania Junior Classical League convention at Penn State. Junior Brittany Ellis, who served this year as the Secretary of the State Board of PAJCL, had a leadership role at the convention. In addition to the many academic, artistic and athletic awards the students received, Ellis Latin students took home the third place trophy.