About: Steven Zipkes is the Founding Principal of Cedars International Next Generation High School and former Founding Principal of Manor New Technology High School. Zipkes’ design of a 100% Project Based Learning public charter school that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum as well as 21st century essential skills have been recognized globally, distinguishing the schools in many arenas. Mr. Zipkes ability to implement the best practices he has utilized and honed over the years has made Cedars International Next Generation High School, a New Tech Network School an instant success.
One of Mr. Zipkes’ greatest professional honours was a visit by The President of the United States, Barak Obama, to Manor New Tech who highlighted the successful PBL STEM practices
and the positive impact the school’s design had on student achievement. This school is noted as a National Model for High School Redesign as highlighted in the $300 Million Race to the Top Proposal. Mr. Zipkes was awarded The National STEM Visionary Award in 2014 by IASL, The International Association for STEM Leaders, and has presented at the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University in response to his contribution and recognition for closing the Achievement Gap. Furthermore, in his March 3, 2010 speech, US Secretary Arne Duncan highlighted Zipkes’ design of MNTH as a “model school for reaching underserved youth” and he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011.
Steven has been featured at many STEM events, including the US News and World Report’s STEM Solution Conference and on EdWeek’s National Webinar, “The New Wave of STEM-Focused Schools”. He has been a featured blog writer on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills website; P21 Blogazine and is a contributing author in both Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators and Deeper Learning: Beyond 21st Century Skills.
Mr. Zipkes is proud to be the Principal of Cedars Academy Next Generation High School at Highland Campus in Austin, Texas where he designed his next 100% PBL Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) school that opened August 2016. He continues with his internationally sought after Think Global PBL Academies, training educators worldwide in the deeper processes of Project Based Learning and has been a guest Keynote speaker at the Lean In STEM Conference in Warsaw, Poland, Authentic Learning in Bejing, China, The Principal’s Leadership Academy in Sydney Australia as well as many other events. Mr. Zipkes hails from The University of Texas at Austin and holds Mid-Management Principal and Superintendent Certifications and has served in both of those roles throughout his career.
US History 8th: @37374k
US History 10/11: @kbcg9ad
Integrated Physics & Engineering: @ipe4u
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Course: Algebra 1 Code: @cedarsalg1
Course: Statistics Code: @sdimaria
Sarah DiMaria currently teaches mathematics and has been implementing 100% project based instruction for the duration of her teaching career. She obtained her undergraduate degree in mathematics and teaching certificate in secondary mathematics and science education from Michigan State University. She will obtain her masters degree in Teaching and Curriculum in December 2017. She has participated and conducted educational research through Michigan State, Hope College and The University of Texas at Austin. She continues to improve her teaching expertise as a fellow of the 2014 cohort of the Knowles Teacher Initiative. She, along with many of the Cedars HS staff, also train teachers globally in PBL instruction as a member of Advanced Reasoning in Education's Think Global Academies. Ms. DiMaria is passionate about showing students that they ALL can learn rigorous mathematics.
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Jennifer Garner has always loved to learn about all things creative--art, music, writing, dance, theater, and even cuisine. This enthusiasm for the arts has led her to study English and art in school, earning a BA in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Fine and Decorative Arts from Christies in London. She continues to voraciously read, cook, dance, and create art because it's fun and because she wants to keep pushing herself to grow as a person. Teaching teens is something she believes strongly in because she was lucky to have a number of great teachers who have inspired her throughout her life, including her mother. She knows that high school is a crucial time in a person's life and wants to make a difference in the lives of young adults. In addition to work her as a public school teacher, Ms. Garner has run educational programs for art museums that serve families, teens, and adults. She truly loves to share art with others and is always up for a conversation about it. Ms. Garner is also passionate about the transformative power of travel to change the way someone sees the world and themselves. An avid traveler herself as well as the sponsor for Global Student Travel Club at Cedars, she hopes that many students join the exciting travel adventures she plans each year.
VR & 3D modeling: @vr3dedu
Tech Apps and Intro to programming: @technprog
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Spanish 2 Code: @2kke64
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MEd Technology, Education, Texas State University
BS Computer Science Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
Mrs. Harden grew up in Bluefields, a city on the Caribbean Cost of Nicaragua. She lived in Guadalajara, México for 10 years, during the 90’s. She worked for the University of Guadalajara as a Computer Programmer and Literacy Teacher. She moved to Texas in December of 2000. She is certified in Computer Information Systems, Spanish, ESL, and Computer Science. She worked for 3 years as a Math and Computer teacher at Taylor Middle School in Taylor Texas. She worked for 3 years at Lexington High School in Lexington Texas as a Business Technology and Spanish teacher. She work for 9 years at Manor New Technology High School as a Graphic Design and Computer Science teacher. She is proud to be a part of the faculty founders of Cedars International Next Generation High School.
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8th Grade English: @gckhd8
10 Grade English: @3398beh
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Janice Trinidad, Ph.D. is a passionate project-based learning (PBL) facilitator who is committed to designing and facilitating outstanding PBL science and mathematics courses for high school students and to training other educators in implementing PBL. She earned her doctorate in Physics and her secondary teaching certification from the University of Texas of Austin in 2007. Dr. Trinidad served as a founding faculty member of Manor New Technology High from 2007 to 2016. At Manor New Tech, she taught PBL courses for 10 years and created over one hundred PBL projects while teaching courses that integrated Physics with Algebra 2 and Engineering. She has designed and implemented PBL training courses for other educators since 2009. Since then, she has taught PBL best practices to thousands of teachers throughout the country and the world including Australia, China, and Kazakhstan. In 2016, she joined a very dynamic and experienced staff in founding Cedars International Next Generation High School (CINGHS). At CINGHS, she has created and facilitated PBL courses in Physics and Engineering, Algebra 2, 8th Grade Math, and Geometry.
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