History/Social Science Teacher Professional Learning Community

Oct 23, 2019 9:00AM—Mar 13, 2020 1:00PM

Cost $1,000 members; ($1,500 non-members)

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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

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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.

Testimonials

I'm grateful for the opportunity to think about objectives, like helping students think like historians, or how to better assess their progress in new & innovative ways. Also,  interacting with dedicated colleagues was extremely helpful!

I absolutely loved learning from my fellow colleagues who are in the trenches alongside me. Learning from active professionals is authentic and inspiring!

FACILITATORS

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Matthew Cutler

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.

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Daniel Gutierrez

Daniel Gutierrez began his secondary teaching career at Windward School in 2008. He's taught AP European History, World History, Human Geography, Economics, and a senior research seminar on Latin America. He currently serves as Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Daniel received his B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. in History from Harvard University.
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Helen Mendoza

Helen Mendoza has taught history for the last fourteen years at Marlborough School, an independent girls school for grades 7-12 in Los Angeles. Along with teaching history, she is currently the Dean of Faculty at Marlborough and has also served as a Student Dean for the Middle School grades. Helen received her M.A. in History from the University of Birmingham, U.K. and has her Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education from the University of Bristol, U.K.

SCHEDULE

Date: October 23, 2019

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Location: Marlborough School

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.