A word from Deena
Tom's last words to me were “We're
going to do something.”
|As citizens of the greatest
nation in the world, we believe everyone has choices and
opportunities to serve our communities, educate our children,
and truly make a difference in the world.
With Citizenship Education,
you’re opening a door for your students to become
more thoughtful and engaged citizens.
We thank you for sharing your time, knowledge, and enthusiasm
to educate our nation’s youth. It is our hope
that these civic lessons and heroic stories will inspire
us all to “do something” positive and meaningful
Tom Burnett Family Foundation
Get to know our curriculum leads:
A graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College in St.
Paul, Minnesota, Kathleen is is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts
in Literacy Education program at the University
of Minnesota. As a classroom teacher for the past 5 years, Kathleen
worked as an English teacher on an interdisciplinary team at Oak Grove
Middle School located in Bloomington, Minnesota. She is a contributing
author to a Bloomington Public Schools CD-ROM of lessons designed to help
teachers create interracial learning opportunities for students in all
Her professional areas of interest include multicultural, gifted and talented,
and citizenship education. As the niece of Tom Burnett, Kathleen has a
special interest in the success of Citizenship Education and helped to
launch the program in Bloomington in September, 2002.
On leave from teaching for the current school year, Kathleen currently
spends most of her time with her infant son, Thomas Sheffield.
What especially struck me about the Tom Burnett Memorial Day of Service
was that it gave every student a chance to shine. Even those students
who had discipline problems or trouble completing homework had the
opportunity to make a real, significant difference in our community.
Founder and president of Curriculum
that Works, an education consulting firm, Deborah
works with businesses and non-profit organizations to develop classroom
curriculum that promotes active learning, is inter-disciplinary, and focuses
on critical thinking skills. She is a certified trainer in Dimensions
of Learning and Curriculum Mapping and gives
presentations on best practices for teachers in the classroom. Some of
the works she has developed include Start
Something. for the Tiger
Woods Foundation and Target
Corporation, The Saint John's Bible classroom
curriculum for St. John's University, The African
American in the Arts, for the Vocal
Essence Organization, as well as other projects
on character education and leadership development for youth.
Deborah received the Outstanding Teacher Leader Award from the Archdiocese
of St. Paul Minneapolis in 2002. She holds a B.A. in Music Education and
a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. A classroom teacher for twenty
years, currently she is teaching middle school music. Deborah is a member
of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the National Catholic Educators
|Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Go
with mean people and you think life is mean...with the great, our
thoughts and manners easily become great.”
As educators it is our responsibility to raise the bar, challenge
the minds of kids and help them mature. And that goes way beyond just
imparting the facts. We must show them the importance of idealism,
heroism and personal choice.
The Tom Burnett curriculum, Citizenship, inspires kids to greatness.
By learning the story of a modern day hero, kids will come to realize
that greatness starts with the individual. And often, heroism is simply
a choice to do the right thing.
Renee earned herB.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed
in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota,
and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Policy
and Administration there, as well.
Her professional areas of interest include multicultural and citizenship
education, and she helped to develop the Citizenship
Education program in the fall of 2002 with her students and
colleagues on Oak Grove's Team Civitas.
She has taught within the Bloomington Public School system at Thomas Jefferson
High School and Oak Grove Middle School, for the past six
years. She won the Minnesota Sallie Mae First Year Teacher
of the Year Award in 1999 and coordinated and contributed
to the Bloomington Public School CD-ROM of lessons designed
to help teachers create interracial learning opportunities.
||Teaching Citizenship Education
was extremely rewarding and effective for the teachers and the students. This
program provided an outlet for the concerns and questions surrounding
9/11 and the issues facing our country, while channeling their actions
into something positive.