Wandishioin earns Shelton’s monthly Innovative Educator Award

December 26, 2018

SHELTON — Amanda Wandishioin, a fourth-grade reading and literacy specialist at Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School, hyas received the Board of Education’s monthly Innovative Educator Award.

The monthly award honors teachers who help students realize their potential as 21st century learners.

In particular, Wandishion was cited for her use of Newsela, an online news resource, in student reading assignments. Newsela aims to “supercharge reading engagement and learning in every subject” via nonfiction articles that are automatically matched to a student’s reading level.

Wandishion has built a reputation for innovation. To further boost student engagement, she secured grant money to purchase a set of classroom microphones to let students to give formal presentations about each Newsela article they read.

“This builds on reading comprehension by also boosting the students’ public-speaking skills and confidence,” Wandishion said.

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