Dr. Barbara Veltri, creator of the Power Hitter ® programs, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University and has served as a faculty member at The University of Texas at Arlington and Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY), where Power Hitter® was successfully piloted and attributed to raising Math and Reading test sores for children who had previously failed the New York State Math and English/Language Arts state tests.
Power Hitter® was presented at the 2001 All-Star Game Fan Fest, as well as at academic conferences. Originally deemed a program to support fan and community development , Dr. Veltri presented “Back to Basics with Baseball”seminars at nine Major League Baseball clubs to foster community outreach. Seminars were conducted at each of nine MLB stadiums by teams who hosted over 100 teachers of grades 3-8 . In turn, materials and methods that incorporated Power Hitter®, were provided by sponsors to link baseball with academic standards and outcomes.
Dr. Veltri has presented professional development sessions for school district personnel from Scarsdale (NY) to Seattle (WA) to Phoenix (AZ) and several Native American Indian Communities. This unique way of hooking kids through a sports curriculum has been piloted as an English language program in Japan, and as math enrichment in a middle school in Guam ( Department of Defense Schools).
Power Hitter® Football Classroom, Power Forward® Basketball Classroom® , Stitches® and Teammates Teaching®, Baseball Card Activity Booklet, Power Hitter® Math Book 1 & 2, Power Hitter® Language Arts Book 1 & 2, Power Hitter® Enrichment and Power Hitterr Team-building are programs available for district adaptation, home school and classroom teacher purchase.
Power Hitter®Teammates Teaching®, partnered university student athletes with 4th /5th graders in an afterschool setting. The result; measurable outcomes of high attendance, and improved academic performance in classroom and testing situations.
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