Amy Renee Walter
Meet Amy Walter, a Research Scholar on the PLLC team with the Friday Institute. Amy is a lifelong learner and teacher, and her passion for education is evident in her dedication to creating a future where every teacher is a master of their craft, sparking a love of learning in every student, and driving academic excellence through innovative and dynamic professional development designed and delivered with passion.
Amy’s education journey began with undergraduate degrees from Appalachian State University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in English/Literature from ASU and completed certifications in school administration (UNC Wilmington) and teaching exceptional (academically/intellectually gifted) children (UNC Charlotte). Additionally, Amy has an instructional design graduate certificate from NC State University and has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2001.
With a solid understanding of curriculum and instructional practices and the ability to bring research to practice, Amy is constantly seeking new opportunities to strengthen her instructional skills and share her own learning. Her vast experience in schools, including her roles as a classroom teacher, intervention coordinator, and instructional facilitator in Caldwell and Wake County Public School Systems, allows her to establish a strong culture while ensuring quality instruction.
Amy’s areas of focus include increasing student engagement, breaking down barriers to educational success, and designing accessible learning opportunities so that all students achieve at high levels. She is skilled at working with school leadership teams as well as individual educators and is dedicated to empowering educators to unlock the full potential of their students through ongoing professional development and support.
Let’s Really Unpack That: Why Equity is the Driving Force for Backwards Design–Part Two
In part two of this series, Research Scholar Amy Walter explains how equity is the driving force behind backwards design.
Let’s Unpack (and Repack) That: Planning for Success with Backwards Design
Research Scholar Amy Walter explains how backwards design works as a powerful tool to help teachers plan more effectively and ensure student success.
Friday Institute Team to Increase Access to Computing Education for North Carolina’s Elementary Students with Department of Education Grant
A new one-year, $349,286 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow a team at the Friday Institute to create and develop a sustainable community of elementary teachers to support ongoing integration of computer science (CS) concepts into core content areas.