Hometown: Washington, DC
School: Virginia Commonwealth University
DCPS Office: Office of Specialized Instruction
Project: Brendolyn works with Karen Morgan, Manager of Low-incident Disabilities, to assist teachers in instruction for students with special needs. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) lead classroom instruction according to the Common Core State Standards which are the high quality learning goals in mathematics and English Language Arts which students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate at the end of each grade. Brendolyn aligns the Common Core State Standards with Core Content Connectors which identify the core academic content found in these standards. She has developed a scope and sequence that will be especially useful for teachers who aim to teach special education, hoping to provide students with the same quality education as their fellow general education school mates. After completing this project, she has conducted fidelity checks at a few schools around the city to see how teachers are implementing and tailoring the standards in their own classrooms.
Future Career Goals: Brendolyn is passionate about education and has worked in DCPS not only as a UELIP associate but as a literacy tutor, recreational counselor, and substitute teacher. She was also an English teacher in South Korea for one year. Spending a semester in college as an exchange student, she was moved by how an international perspective influenced her studies in sociology and is interested in obtaining a Master’s degree in International Education, incorporating best practices learned along the way to promote the significance of globalized education at home and abroad.