We are living through an extraordinary moment in time. The unprecedented events demand we make exceptional adjustments in how we deliver academic instruction to meet the needs of our diverse learners. Teachers across the country were asked to make the shift from brick-and-mortar to online learning with varying degrees of experience with educational technology.
Bridge to Fall streamlined enrichment K-12 courses are designed by master-level educators to mitigate and prevent potential academic losses that students might have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each course offered has been curated to strengthen critical thinking, writing, reading comprehension, and math skills in preparation for each student’s next level of education in the upcoming fall. Our courses are crafted so that educators can offer differentiated instruction that will help ensure a fully engaging and interactive “bridge to the fall.”
Bridge to Fall is a Personalized and Student Driven Summer Program
All instructors are experienced with integrating quality educational tools and best instructional online practices.
All 3 week courses are streamlined to primarily focus on content from the second semester (March-May 20).
All instructors will be available outside of the class during office hours to provide frequent feedback, answer student questions, and facilitate virtual discussion boards.
All instructors will provide parents with a course syllabus and weekly schedule of learning activities.
All instructors will assign outside of class activities that are age-appropriate, manageable, independent, and student-driven based upon the content and grade level.
All instructors will provide parents with weekly narrative reports and an end of course summary.
All instructors will utilize the student friendly G-Suite for Education.
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Stefanie Dreizen is an educator with 26 years of experience as a middle and high school English teacher throughout the United States including Maryland, Virginia, and Illinois. Currently, she is in her 4th year as an instructional coach for D.C. Public Schools. As an instructional coach for Social Studies and English, she provides individual instructional support and leads professional development for teachers and administrators on current instructional strategies and innovative educational technology. She is a firm believer that learning whether it is in a classroom or online can be meaningful, engaging as well as rigorous. Stefanie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from New York University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland College Park. Last year, Stefanie started The Next Generation Reading Program in partnership with the Early Childhood Education Program at Ballou STAY Opportunity Academy in Washington, D.C. The program provides parents in underserved communities an ongoing supply of children’s books and community literacy events. Stefanie lives in Arlington, Virginia. In her free time, she loves to travel, read, especially historical fiction, play board games and most of all spend time with her 9-year-old rescue dog, Sophie.
Social Studies Instructor, Bridge to Fall
Gregory Thompson is a native of the Chicagoland area. As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), he received his Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism. He later earned his Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction from UIUC. In 2017, he gained his Illinois Middle School endorsement along with an endorsement in English Language Arts and Social Studies. For the past 22 years, he has taught fourth grade, coached award-winning debates team, and is currently teaching 8th grade ELA and U.S. History at the Lincoln Elementary Pre-International Baccalaureate Program in Chicago. In addition to teaching full-time, coaching debate, and serving on the Local School Council as a teacher representative, he is also a private math and study-skills tutor for students in grades 3-6th. In his spare time, Greg Thompson gives back by mentoring young adults through their high school and college careers. When he is not teaching, tutoring, or mentoring, Greg enjoys running, biking, reading anything published by Toni Morrison, and listening to a variety of music ranging from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin to the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.
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Ms. Bradley's "Math Moments"
Tina Bradley is a certified special education teacher in the Washington DC area who has been in education for almost 20 years. She has taught in both the inclusion and self-contained settings from the elementary through the high school level, and has worked with students with multiple disabilities including ED, LD, ID, and ADHD/OHI. She is passionate about ensuring equity for all students regardless of ability, race, gender, or socioeconomic background. She prides herself on her creativity in the classroom as well as her focus on building relationships. Having earned her bachelors from Howard University and her master of education from The George Washington University, Ms. Bradley has worked as an educator, program coordinator, and case manager for students placed in special education day schools around the city. She is also a poet, jeweler, and mother to two beautiful humans and two spoiled cats.
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Hillary Gerber has 25 years of experience in many forms of education. Currently has been a certified educational therapist, (ET) for the past five years. Presently, she serves as the educational specialist for the Irvine Hebrew Day School and also maintains a private practice in Orange County, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from California State University, Long Beach. She has taught all elementary school grades, K-6. She is also a Certified Health Practitioner and began the first holistic Moms Networking group in Orange County. As a part-time professional singer, she is a certified music teacher for Music Together, an internationally recognized music education program. When she is not teaching, she enjoys time with her family, hiking, and recently has found a love for jigsaw puzzles.
Social Studies/ U.S. History Instructor
William McMurtrey has been in education for more than twenty years, fourteen of which were with Milwaukee Public Schools. While in Milwaukee, he taught Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Currently, William McMurtrey teaches World History 1 and 2 for the District of Columbia Public Schools. He has a Master’s in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Concordia University of Wisconsin. Outside of work he loves traveling, he has been to five continents and he loves live music.
Click HERE to listen to Jennifer Restak's radio drama performance of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Premature Burial.
Jennifer Restak is an Educator and Curriculum Designer who has taught High School English with DC Public Schools for ten years. Her English curriculum for DC Public Schools is taught district-wide and her Cornerstone, Call to Action, was selected as a Featured Cornerstone for DC Public Schools. She was the recipient of a Global Educator Award recognizing Washington D.C. educators for their highly effective integration of writing instruction into the teaching of cultural and global issues. She was granted a Teaching Fellowship at The Folger Shakespeare Library, exploring the script and performance history of Hamlet with experts and educators around the country. She holds an MA in Adolescent Education for English Language Arts from Hunter College, City University of New York, a BA in English Literature from Georgetown University and a Masters in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In her free time she enjoys playing keep-away with her dog, riding her bike, trying new recipes and practicing yoga.
Click HERE to listen to Ms. Robert's video: "What's It All About Bridge to Algebra I"
Jennifer Roberts is an advanced certified mathematics teacher with 19 years of teaching experience, grades 7-12. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University. Her goal is for students to develop critical thinking skills in order to understand and apply mathematics. Jennifer believes that the processes of mathematics help students think through many of life’s challenges as well as helping them develop perseverance skills. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Demetrius Sajous-Brady is a native of Detroit, Michigan. As an undergraduate at University of Chicago, he concentrated in English Language and Literature, and also had a particular interest in mathematics. He received his Master of Science degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. For the past 25 years, he has served a wide range of students from Chicago’s most esteemed public, private, and parochial schools. As a private tutor, Mr. Sajous-Brady has provided academic enrichment, remediation, and test preparation to a diverse group of learners from 1st-12th grade. In addition to teaching and spending time with family & dear friends, Mr. Sajous-Brady enjoys cooking, reading, and writing. Despite being a current Chicagoan, his allegiances to the sports scene in SE Michigan run strongly, especially to his beloved Detroit Tigers and University of Michigan athletic teams.