Emmanuel Alumna to Write for Scholastic's "Classroom Solutions" Blog
August 09, 2010
Well, you can now add national blogger to the impressive résumé of Nancy Barile ’90, M.Ed. ’93.
The acclaimed Revere High School English teacher was recently chosen as one of five writers for Scholastic, Inc.’s new “Classroom Solutions” blog, an online resource center for teaching tips and strategies for pre-K through grade 12 educators. Barile was selected amongst a nationwide pool of a 1,000 elementary and secondary teachers.
“Scholastic is a wonderful organization that provides fantastic opportunities for teachers and students,” said Barile, who will write for the site’s grade 9-12 section. “I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Although quick to admit that she has never blogged before – and in her words is “limited technically” – she was far from deterred from applying for the position when she saw Scholastic’s posting a few months back.
“I just thought it would be fun,” she said with a laugh.
A glance at her credentials immediately speaks to her qualifications for offering advice to colleagues around the country. During her 15-year tenure at Revere High School her exceptional ability to motivate students has earned her praise worthy of few educators in the U.S. In 2006, she was awarded one of six Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing from the College Board, a recognition that garnered her a selection to the National Commission on Writing. In 2007, USA Today named her one of 20 accomplished teachers nationwide, leading to discussions with Oprah Winfrey regarding Barile’s interest in expanding Winfrey’s South African educational program.
As part of her new blogging duties, Barile will be responsible for writing one entry per week throughout the school year, complementing her write-ups with digital photos and video. She hopes to include helpful hints for readers, with discussions on lesson plans, classroom strategies, book reviews and anything else that is pertinent to the high school classroom setting or topics the bloggers are especially passionate about.
“Teachers always want to know about approaches and strategies that work and which ones do not, as well as books people recommend,” said Barile, who is currently pursuing an Ed.D. at Northeastern University. “I want to keep in mind what will help teachers and address things that I wish were there when I first started out as a teacher.”