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File #: 160910    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/13/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/13/2016
Title: Recognizing and Honoring Jayda Pugliese for Receiving the Milken Educator Award as One of the Nation's Top Educators.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Signature16091000.pdf
Recognizing and Honoring Jayda Pugliese for Receiving the Milken Educator Award as One of the Nation's Top Educators.

WHEREAS, Jayda Pugliese was born and raised in South Philadelphia, and she graduated from Saints John Neumann & Maria Goretti Catholic High School. She was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. She then received a Bachelor of Arts in special education and elementary education and a master's in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and literacy from Holy Family University; and

WHEREAS, Pugliese is in her second year as a fifth grade science and math teacher at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, which is in close proximity to the neighborhood where she was raised; and

WHEREAS, Pugliese is a dynamically talented educator. At Jackson, she leads a STEAM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) classroom which incorporates a 3D printer, microscopes, and "snap circuits" to bring lesson plans to life for her students. Students have used the 3D printer to design and make products, write business plans, and present their ideas to their peers. Pugliese used crowdfunding websites to raise the money to buy these specialized teaching tools herself; and

WHEREAS, Pushing innovation and effective teaching, Pugliese successfully applied for a competitive grant for Jackson to implement a mix of online and face-to-face interaction in teaching known as blended learning. She will be responsible for training and monitoring faculty performance at Jackson as the initiative is put in place; and

WHEREAS, Students have seen great results under Pugliese's teaching in her short time at Jackson. In her first year at Jackson, 80% of her students showed at least one year's growth in math skills, and many of her students work above grade level; and

WHEREAS, Beyond teaching, Pugliese makes a positive impact in students' lives by serving as a Professional Learning Community Leader. She is also the chai...

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