Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District News Article

BBHHS Teacher Recognized by Cleveland Clinic

Mr. Todd Goodman holding the eXpressions™ Teacher Celebration Award

Todd Goodman, an English Language Arts teacher at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, was recently awarded an eXpressions™ Teacher Celebration Award by the Civic Education Department of the Cleveland Clinic Office of Government and Community Relations.  The award recognized Mr. Goodman’s five-plus years commitment to the innovative program which promotes the exploration of science and medicine through the creation of artistic, literary and mathematical interpretations of scientific research studies.  Mr. Goodman began using the eXpressions™ contest in 2010 with his creative writing classes, viewing the program as an innovative way to promote STEM based learning using the ELA state academic standards.  Students read or listen to a research study completed by a Cleveland Clinic high school summer intern, and then apply their real-world understanding by creating a related story or poem.  Submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges composed of content area experts and evaluated based on four specific criteria:  interpretation, presentation, creativity and initiative.  In 2017, Mia Zivkovic, a BBHHS student in Mr. Goodman’s class, earned Best in Show honors in the Poetry genre.  Overall, Mr. Goodman greatly enjoys watching students creatively engage with scientific content, and is inspired by their original and innovative reflections on finding future cures for various medical conditions.  The BBHCSD congratulates Todd Goodman on his recent award, and recognizes him for creating an engaging and creative learning environment for students.

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