Creative coursework paired with data-driven instruction have created a formula for success in Jillian Brickley’s fifth-grade classroom at Charlotte Avenue School in Nashua, NH. Brickley’s students outperform other fifth-grade classes throughout the state, averaging four to five percentage points higher in both math and writing proficiency. On 2009 state assessments, her students scored 77 percent proficient or advanced in math and 81 percent proficient or advanced in English language arts, well above state averages. As both the Data and Technology Coordinator for the school and Teacher Liaison for student council Brickley works closely with student body and faculty with ease. As strong proponent of TERC, independent research-based organization specializing in math and science instruction practices, she has introduced its processes for data analysis to the school staff and implemented the system school wide. Now in a new school district, Jillian is taking her Science curriculum writing practices to Dover where she will assist colleagues in aligning their lessons to the Next Generation standards.
Through an effective combination of project-based learning and analyzing student assessments, Brickley’s stimulating curricula is providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems and increase academic achievement. She creates units of study where multiple subjects can be taught through a common theme, such as her Earth Day unit. Students are assigned professions, such as an architect, policy maker or engineer and asked to discuss and research how the profession will impact the environment from a scientific and social perspective. Brickley also takes on various roles in her classroom, dressing up and role playing important historical and literary figures to whom students pose questions. As dedicated as she is inventive in the classroom, she also tutors students diligently before and after school during the year and even during summer vacations.
The Telegraph | Oct 29 , 2010 | Nashua, NH
2010 N.H. State Teacher of the Year Nominee
2009 Excellence in Teaching, Presented by The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
2010 Teacher Recognition by The National Honor Society Nashua Chapter
2001 B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education - Radford University
2011 -2017 Boston Bruins I.C.E. School Curriculum Development Committee
2004 -2014 Police Athletic League Cross Country Coach
Nashua School District K-5 Science Curriculum Writing Team