Teacher Institute Q & A: Shannon Russell Hardy


How has the experience at the institute changed your teaching?

The teacher institute changed my mindset. It was a phenomenal opportunity for me to collaborate deeply with adults, ask questions, research possibilities, and push forward as I learned about new technologies to enhance student learning.

What new skills did you acquire at the institute?

The summer was a fast-paced blend of learning the many tools in Curriculum Pathways, researching the best tools currently on the market, and going through the design process for evaluating needs and shaping new tools. The specific process of facilitating adults through positive, critical reflection was my most important takeaway.

How did your experience at the institute match your expectations?

What impressed me most was the complexity of teams that develop new tools. The teams had teachers driving the content, computer programmers working their magic, graphic designers, project managers, writers, customer relations specialists, and liaisons to educators.

How did you feel on your first day? Your last?

I don’t think there was ever a day in my career when I felt as inadequate and nervous as my first day with Curriculum Pathways. I had absolutely no idea what I could possibly contribute. On my last day, I felt a deep appreciation for the level of professionalism within the organization. The company’s creativity and innovation are direct products of the relationships between employees.

Why should someone apply to the Teacher Institute?

The learning is both practical and esoteric. It is an inspiration.

Sum up the Teacher Institute in one word.


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About Author

Tim McBride

Supervisor, Educational Multimedia Writing

Tim McBride has degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology and NC State University, where he taught English for several years. His first book of poetry, The Manageable Cold, was published recently by TriQuarterly Press at Northwestern University. He works as a writer and an editor on Curriculum Pathways. He lives in Cary, NC, with an American pit bull terrier named Charlie McCarthy and a Catahoula hog dog named Junk.

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