History/Social Science Teacher Professional Learning Community
This year-long professional learning community will allow history and social science teachers to work together on their own pedagogy and curriculum, building a network of collaboration and support. Collaboration is at the heart of this CATDC program, and the wisdom, experience, and perspectives of the participants will drive the learning.
SESSION 1: October 23, 2019 at Marlborough School
SESSION 2: December 12, 2019 at Harvard-Westlake Middle School
SESSION 3: February 4, 2020 at Marlborough School
SESSION 4: March 12, 2020 at Harvard-Westlake Middle School
Educators who are building a professional learning community recognize that they must work together to achieve their collective purpose of learning for all.
The powerful collaboration that characterizes professional learning communities is a systematic process in which teachers work together to analyze and improve their classroom practice. Teachers work in teams, engaging in an ongoing cycle of questions that promote deep team learning. This process, in turn, leads to higher levels of student achievement. (ASCD 2014)
This year-long professional learning community will allow history and social science teachers to work together on their own pedagogy and curriculum, building a network of collaboration and support. Collaboration is at the heart of this CATDC program, and the wisdom, experience, and perspectives of the participants will drive the learning. With structured, facilitator-led sessions, participants will explore together common questions relevant to teaching and learning in the history classroom. Topics will include (1) research and writing in the history curriculum, (2) information and media literacy, (3) project- and problem-based learning, (4) differentiation and inclusive pedagogy, and (5) assessment design and feedback. The focus will be on building the capacity of the group around best practices, using the participants’ own curricular plans/resources and the latest educational research in history/social sciences.
This program is aimed at middle and upper school teachers.
Matthew Cutler has taught history for the last fourteen years at Harvard-Westlake Middle School, an independent co-ed school for grades 7-12 in Los Angeles. Although he now serves as a member of the academic dean team at Harvard-Westlake, Matthew was chair of the Middle School history department between 2013 and 2017. Besides his work at Harvard-Westlake, Matthew also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of history at Los Angeles Valley College.
Date: October 23, 2019
Location: Marlborough School
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