WOODLAND, CA -- Woodland Career and Technical Education teacher Eric Dyer got a huge surprise when he left an administration meeting set up as a decoy. When he stepped outside the hallway Thursday he was greeted with his family and Woodland High School's 1,300 students. The boisterous rally was held to celebrate a $50,000 cash award given to him and the school by the Harbor Freight Tools For Schools Program to reward teachers who provide skills training in an inspirational way and for their contributions to the community.
"I was really shocked. I didn't have a clue as to what was going on," Dyer said. He has taught at the campus for 37 years, most recently completing the construction of several new greenhouses with the help of students and the community. He was praised by colleagues and students for his selflessness. In accepting the $50,000, he thanked his faith in God and his students for inspiring him.
The awardee gets $15,000 and the rest goes to the school. Dyer said he wants to use the school's portion to provide more opportunities for students to explore technical education options.
Mentor Nathan Seethaler & Fellow Blake Cherry talk about their experience, while Blake shows off the knitting machines at Knit Rite.Uploaded Nov 07, 2019by Rich Smith
The third is a video of Fellow Fernando Hernandez, from Yolo County Career Academy in Woodland Ca. presenting results of his group's thinking around educational outcomes at a convening of Education ReImagined in Denver this past week. Fernando was a checked out kid - hoodie and earplugs, head down, expelled from his high school. That's how he got to Yolo Career Academy - and he is so brilliant, such a good young man. His mentor, and being engaged in something he loves, and keeps getting better at, has allowed him to flourish.Uploaded Jun 25, 2019 to Charlie Plant's Blogs
Trevor Marchand -- an anthropologist who has spent years studying traditional artisans in the Middle East and Africa -- brings us a thought-provoking documentary short about aspiring woodworkers at the Building Crafts College in East London.
Directed by Big Picture Learning's Elliot Washor and chosen to be in the Boston International Film Festival! Meet Seymour and Sylvie – two youths who grow up loving the New Orleans’ harbor – its big ships, the sounds of the water, and the endless potential that lay ahead of them. As Seymour and Sylvie grow up, they learn about and opt for two different pathways through learning and life. Neither better – just different! Follow their two paths – and see how they lead them back to the place they grew up together. Navigating Our Way – presented by Big Picture Learning (bigpicture.org) and FableVision (fablevision.com) and narrated by Wendell Pierce.Uploaded Mar 14, 2019