Sabbatical Projects

Sabbaticals were removed from the ITA contract effective July 1, 2015. The last cohort of members that successfully completed amazing projects was the 15-16 school year.

Completed Sabbatical Projects:

Engaging Students in Nonfiction
by Alice Ball, 2013-2014
Focus: Library and Information Studies, Common Core Literacy Standards & Resources
http://engagingnonfiction.weebly.com/

Ithaca Teacher Research Fellow Program
by Randi Beckmann, 2013-2014
Focus: Educational Research, Classroom Based Inquiry Projects
http://rb2290.wix.com/icsdteacherresearch#!donate/c1ghi

Teaching Proficieny Through Reading and Storytelling – An In-Depth Study
by Karen Benjamin (Landau), 2013-2014
Focus: ESOL, TPRS, Literacy Education
http://tprssabattical.weebly.com/tprs-lending-library.html

Building a Consistent and Unified Approach to Teaching Science in ICSD Elementary Schools
by Yvette deBoer, 2013-2014
Focus: Elementary Education, Science
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Providing Easy Access to Informational Text Resources
by Benjamin Eckley, 2013-2014
Focus: Library and Information Studies, Follett Destiny & Destiny Quest databases
http://goo.gl/PKPOYU

The Humane Education Anti-Bullying Connection
by Corinne Morton, 2013-2014
Focus: K-12 Education, Human Rights, Ethics & Compassion Studies
http://renecorinne37.wix.com/humane-education#!activities/cee5

Increasing Student Engagement Through Community-Based Projects in Government & Human Services
by Sarah Shenk, 2012-2013
Focus: Secondary Education, Civics and Government
https://sites.google.com/site/ihscommunityaction

Tree Travels
by Allison Trdan, 2012-2013
Focus: Kindergarten Education, Science and Social Studies
www.treetravels.weebly.com

Perspectives of Global Students
by Steve Weissburg, 2nd Semester 2012-2013
Focus: K – 12 Resources, Global Education and Social Studies
http://globaleducationicsd.weebly.com/sabbatical.html

Strengthening Learning Through Writing
by Kathren Cernera, 2nd Semester 2011-2012
Focus: Secondary Education, English
https://sites.google.com/site/writinginthemiddle/

Promoting Intercultural Dialogue
by Kari Krakow, 2nd Semester 2011-2012
Focus: Elementary Education, Social Studies
http://intercultural-dialogue.wikispaces.com/

Grades 3 – 5 Reading Mini-Lessons
by Monica Lang, 2nd Semester 2011-2012
Focus: Elementary Education, Literacy
http://icsdk-5literacy.wikispaces.com

Differentiating the Common Core Standards for Math through Movement Based Activities
by Carrie Nolan, 2nd Semester 2011-2012
Focus: Elementary and Special Education, Math
http://icsdk5math.wikispaces.com/

Using Interdisciplinary Content to Teach Advanced Level Language
by Kaile Tsapis, 2nd Semester 2011-2012
Focus: Secondary Education, Global Languages
http://mexamer.wikispaces.com/

Turning Children’s Literature into Readers’ Theatre
by Allison Andersen, 2nd Semester 2010-2011
Focus: Elementary Education, Literacy, Language & Performing Arts
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Developing a Format to Deliver Differentiated Instruction in Science
by Catherine Exantus, 2nd Semester 2010-2011
Focus: Secondary Education, Science
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Documenting Oral Histories of Refugee Students in our School District
by Deborah Sidhu, 2nd Semester 2010-2011
Focus: Elementary Education, Cultural Studies & Language Arts
(no online component – archived at the ITA office))

Learning Simulations for Grades 7 & 8
by Andrea Volkmar, 2nd Semester 2010-2011
Focus: Secondary Education, Social Studies/History
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Beyond Resume Padding: Making Service Meaningful for All Secondary ICSD Students
by Jon Raimon, 2009-2010
Focus: Secondary Education, Service Learning and Community Service
http://icsdservicelearning.pbworks.com/

Love Those Letters! An Alphabet Teaching Tool
by Carol Cedarholm, 2nd Semester 2009-2010
Focus: Kindergarten Education, Literacy
http://lovethoseletters.wikispaces.com/ 

Technology and Culture: An Exchange of Ideas with Africa
by Jeremy Taylor, 2nd Semester 2009-2010
Focus: Technology, Global and Cultural Studies
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Building Academic Background Through Literacy Packets
by Katherine Sholtys, 2nd Semester 2009-2010
Focus: Elementary Education, Cross-Curriculum Literacy
http://literacymaterials.wikispaces.com

Music Across the Curriculum to Improve Academic Success
by Dorothy Preston, 2nd Semester 2009-2010
Focus: Elementary Education, Cross-Curriculum Music Integration
http://musicintegration.notlong.com

Preparation and Training Program: Special Education Teacher Aides Secondary General Education Settings
by Mary Ann Pitzer, 2nd Semester 2009-2010
Focus: Pre-service orientation for paraeducators in secondary schools
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Using Internet Technology to Foster and Support Elementary Teacher Collaboration and Sharing
by Eric J. Miller, 2008-2009
Focus: Elementary Education, Professional Learning Communities, Connectivity Technology
ICSD teacher access available through the ICSD website: log into Blackboard, select “ICSD preK-5 Professional Learning Community” under “Courses in which you are enrolled” list.

Digital Classroom for New York State Geographical Literacy
by Paula Long, 2nd Semester 2008-2009
Focus: Elementary Education, Geography
http://www.old.icsd.k12.ny.us/sabbatic/index

Increasing Inquiry Teaching in the Ithaca City School District
by Wayne Gottlieb, 2nd Semester 2008-2009
Focus: Secondary Education, Science, Research & Inquiry-based Learning
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Reggio’s Place in Ithaca
by Betsy Fallon, 2nd Semester 2008-2009
Focus: Pre-K Education, Reggio Emilia Teaching Philosophy & Methods
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Humanities 9 Connections
by Ross R. Creagan, 2nd Semester 2008-2009
Focus: Secondary Education, Global History, Literature & Cultural Studies
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Friendship Assistance Brigade: Creating a Caring Community
by Celia Clement, 2nd Semester 2008-2009
Focus: Behavior Management, Social Tolerance & Awareness Programs for Students
http://www.thefab.notlong.com/

Increasing the Graduation Rate at ICSD: A Two-Pronged Approach
by Sharon Alberta, 2nd Semester 2008-2009
Focus: Alternative Education, Student Support, Social Services
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Exploring Culture through Art
by Charlott E. Walsh, 2nd Semester 2007-2008
Focus: Secondary Education, Art History, Fine Arts, Global Cultural Studies
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Using the Local Geologic Landscape to Improve Student Motivation and Performance in Earth Science
by Laura C. Van Vleet, 2nd Semester 2007-2008
Focus: Secondary Education, Geology
Blackboard: http://icsbb.ocmboces.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_group=courses&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2FcourseMain%3Fcourse_id%3D_4408_1
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24994567@N06/collections/ 

ESOL Parents and ICSD: Building Better Bridges
by Carol Hoffman, 2nd Semester 2007-2008
Focus: ESOL Student & Family Support, Immigration and Local Public Education
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Re-Tooling: Exploring New and Emerging Web-based Technologies
by Armin Heurich, 2nd Semester 2007-2008
Focus: Library Studies, Information Technology, Educational Web-Based Databases
original: http://old.icsd.k12.ny.us/highschool/library/http://old.icsd.k12.ny.us/highschool/library/online.html
updated 2013: http://www.ithacacityschools.org/index.cfm/highschool/menu/library.htm

ELA Parallel Tasks Using Differentiated Instruction
by Maria Connell, 1st Semester 2007-2008
Focus: Elementary Education, Literacy
http://icsbb.ocmboces.org/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_group=courses&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2FcourseMain%3Fcourse_id%3D_4602_1

Photography Curriculum
by Judy Cogan, 2nd Semester 2007-2008
Focus: Secondary Education, Fine Art, Digital Photography
(no online component – archived at the ITA office)

Law-Related Education in the Ithaca City School District
by Karen Adams, 1st Semester 2007-2008
Focus: Secondary Education, Social Studies, Civic Education
http://lawrelatededucation.wikispaces.com/ ,  http://lacslibrary.pbworks.com/w/page/14166685/Law%20Related%20Education

Note: Completed projects not in electronic format can be found in the Sabbatical Project Lending Library in the ITA office. To sign out a sabbatical project, please contact the ITA administrative assistant or stop by the ITA office.