Professor Brenda Davis
Randolph-Macon College Education Professor Brenda Davis has received a Virginia
Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC)/Verizon grant. The grant will be used
in part to fund a workshop for 20 Hanover-area educators. The workshop, which will
be held in R-MC’s McGraw-Page Library on Friday, August 6, 2010, will focus on Thinkfinity.org,
a Web site developed and supported by the Verizon Foundation.
“The site focuses on K-12 (kindergarten through 12th grade) content in language
arts, social studies, science and math with resources for students, teachers and
parents,” says Davis. “The selected teacher participants will learn about Thinkfinity.org
in an interactive and hands-on workshop. At the conclusion of the six-hour training,
participants will be endorsed as field-based trainers for the site.”
The workshop participants will also be able to host R-MC pre-service teachers in
their classrooms. In turn, those pre-service teachers will be introduced to Thinkfinity
in Education classes and use Thinkfinity.org resources to teach K-12 students.
VFIC Vice-president Mary-Beth Johnson and Verizon representative Steve Clementi
will also be attending the workshop.
Davis collaborated with R-MC’s Lily Zhang, director of instructional technology,
Higgins Academic Center, and head of media and instructional support, McGraw-Page
Library, in applying for the VFIC/Verizon grant.
Davis, who joined the R-MC faculty in 1985, earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University
of Richmond and her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She serves as the
chair of the education department at Randolph-Macon College.