Patti Benalayat, an eighth-grade civics and economics teacher at Blue Ridge Middle School, has been selected as one of five participants in C-SPAN’s 2020 Teacher Fellowship Program.
She will collaborate with C-SPAN’s Education Relations Team for four weeks to create content for C-SPAN Classroom, a free online teaching resource for educators.
Benalayat established the We the People Simulated Congressional Hearings program at Blue Ridge Middle School. She is a Google Certified Educator, has led school-based training in using digital tools to enhance instruction and has presented at Inspire Loudon, a teacher-led professional development conference.
Now in its 27th year, C-SPAN's Fellowship Program selects teachers to partner with the Education Relations Team to create new content for the upcoming school year. This summer, due to COVID-19, the four-week, in-person experience has shifted to a virtual platform where educators develop project ideas to feature on the C-SPAN Classroom website. Each Fellow was selected by a panel of C-SPAN representatives and evaluated based on their innovative use of C-SPAN programming in their curriculum, commitment to professional development and creative use of technology and social platforms. Each Fellow will receive $1,000 for participating in the program.
The Fellowship will take place throughout the month of July. The program will coincide with C-SPAN's virtual Summer Educators' Conferences for middle and high school teachers (July 28 and July 30). During the conferences, Benalayat and the other fellows will present how they use C-SPAN in their classrooms.