Marymount Professor Named Outstanding Educator by American Forest Foundation

The American Forest Foundation has named Marymount’s Usha Rajdev a 2012 Outstanding Educator for her use of the Project Learning Tree (PLT) program in her work with Marymount Education students.

As the faculty leader for science education in Marymount University’s Teacher Education Program in Arlington, VA, Dr. Rajdev works with future teachers to prepare them to teach science and math to K-12 students. PLT training is part of her syllabus requirement and she encourages her students to use PLT when they become teachers by preparing “ready-to-go activities” that the students share with each other.  She also finds innovative ways to adapt PLT to different teaching environments and cultures. In addition to preparing her students to teach in U.S. schools, she has led two groups to Porbandar, India, where they modeled the hands-on activities of PLT for their Indian counterparts, as well as children in India. She ensures that future teachers have tools, critical thinking skills, and experiences so they, in turn, can improve the learning and instill a sense of stewardship in the students they teach.

Read more about Dr. Rajdev’s award at: http://www.plt.org/outstanding-educators

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