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Kelly Smith Milken National Educator Award

Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith

Dulaney High School
Timonium, Maryland
Baltimore County

Each summer, English teacher Kelly Smith stimulates widespread excitement about reading by turning the entire school community into a book club. Through her "One Book, One Dulaney" program, students, parents and staff select a single book to read, which they discuss afterwards during after-school and evening book talks. This kind of instructional innovation occurs year-round in Ms. Smith's class. Through her Reader's Theater project, students come to understand literature through interpretation and performance, writing, acting and creating poster art for a variety of stories and plays.

As chair of the English department, Ms. Smith works with colleagues in her department, as well as teachers in science and social studies, to infuse critical reading, thinking and vocabulary skills across multiple areas of daily instruction. She helped develop and co-chairs Students Organized for Academic Success (SOAR), a program that provides support and assistance to challenged students who have demonstrated potential for academic success. Students in this program have achieved significant academic success in lower- and higher-level courses, and have become members of student leadership organizations. Test scores have soared, and so have students' prospects for academic success beyond high school, thanks to Kelly Smith's creative instruction and leadership.

Kelly Smith awarded 2005 Milken National Educator Award
Kelly Smith awarded 2005 Milken National Educator Award


In Focus
2005 Milken National Educator Award Winners from Maryland
Maryland's 2005 Milken Educator Award Winners, Kelly Smith, Baltimore County and Alex Jaffurs, Calvert County.


Contact Information
Dr. Darla Strouse, Executive Director
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0369
Fax:  410-333-2226
Email:  dstrouse@msde.state.md.us
2004 Milken National Educator Award Winners - MD
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Milken National Educator Award Winners - MD
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 2005 Milken National Educator Award
Alexander Jaffurs, 2005 Milken National Educator Award Winner
Kelly Smith, 2005 Milken National Educator Award Winner
2005 Milken National Educators from MD honored on Jan 24, 2006
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