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About Mrs. Rachel Stokes

I work at Greenville Senior High School in Greenville, South Carolina, which is a fairly large, urban school with about 1400 students. I have taught Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition since 1996. I hold an MA in English, a BA in English Education, and am endorsed in AP Literature, AP Language, and in Gifted and Talented Education. Prior to teaching at Greenville High School, I taught English 11 and 12 (think 101 and 102) at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina for seven years as a Part-Time, permanent Lecturer. I have also served as an AP Reader for the past six years and have been requested back again this June. As for my experience with Edmodo, for the past three years I have been conducting an online, distance-learning project, through Edmodo, with another AP teacher, Mr. James Garner, at Decatur High School in Decatur, Arkansas, and developing materials and practices to help students in both AP classes become more technically, socially, and academically prepared for the rigors of college life and job growth. Both classes meet, as possible, in Edmodo to study and discuss specific novels or dramatic works through open posting, group discussion, consensus statements, online writing submission, and creative digital presentations. In addition, classes use internet-based video conferencing for face-to-face discussion. This year, Mr. Garner and I have presented at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference, in Las Vegas, the Quality Matters National Convention, in Nashville, the National Association of Gifted Children Annual Convention, in Indianapolis, and the National Council of Teachers of English National Convention, in Boston. Additionally, we were invited to sit in on two focus groups on innovation in education for the U.S. Department of Education, during the NCTE National Convention, and, along with presenting several, local professional development sessions, we were also invited to present for regional Advanced Placement trainings in Florida and Georgia. It has been an amazingly-interesting and incredibly-exhausting experience, but we have learned as much as we have taught and we are both trying to incorporate new ideas into our project and sort through all of the innovative new programs that are coming on the market this year. We have even expanded our project to incorporate our sophomore Pre-AP/Honors English classes. Because we have been presenting, we have had opportunities to talk to programmers, business owners, and company representatives who are beyond the reach of classroom teachers who never attend national conventions and we have been able to make suggestions for potential changes in the programs we use. We have also become aware of new ways to use the same programs to increase student productivity and interest.

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