Making A “Case” for History

Posted by Rob Flosman on October 25, 2013

I begin each year of my teaching with one hope: to inspire my students with history. I want to help our students become the keepers of history in our community. I want them to not only learn the history, but to live it and work in it. Educators – and schools, communities, and parents –do many things to help our students become active learners of history. Among the things I’m trying this year is building a mini-museum inside my Grade 11 Genocide classroom at Waterdown District High School in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Topics: Art, Canada, Innovative Classrooms, Museum Studies, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

Girl Drama, Restorative Justice, and Tools for Upstanding

Posted by Jennifer Derosby on October 22, 2013

As a teacher at an all-girls school, I cannot tell you how many times I've heard the word "drama" tossed around. It's troubling to me, really, to see how easily people connect this word to the conflicts that emerge between girls and women. Even in efforts to help girls and women build strong and healthy relationships, we’re reminded to "stop the drama!" or "just say no to the drama!"

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Topics: Safe Schools, School Culture, Innovative Classrooms, Restorative Justice, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

We Are Beacon Academy

Posted by Mervan Osborne on October 3, 2013

 Beacon Academy’s class of 2014 is off to an extraordinary start. The students come from incredibly diverse backgrounds, yet they have quickly developed a remarkable bond. It is obvious that they are joined together by their shared desire for the best education possible.

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Topics: Art, Choosing to Participate, Digital Divide, School Culture, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Decision-making, Beacon Academy, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

What Do Theatre, Facing History, and Identity Issues Have in Common?

Posted by Jeremy Landa on September 30, 2013

Theatre and social studies are a natural marriage. At least, I’ve grown to feel that way by getting the opportunity to work with Christi Sargent, the theatre lead teacher at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School (Co-op) located in New Haven, CT. Through the collaboration we have done, we are working to build a blended model (not technological driven blended learning) of learning. Mostly, we are hoping that students can use principles of sociology and principles of theatre to understand that their voice matters.

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Topics: Art, Choosing to Participate, Safe Schools, School Culture, Innovative Classrooms, Critical Thinking, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant: Exploring the Concept of Universe of Obligation in NYC

Posted by Lauren Boccia on June 26, 2013

In true teacher fashion right before a big trip with students, I could not sleep. I kept thinking about what I hope my students will get out of this service immersion trip. I truly hope they learn more about themselves, their country, and the struggles those who live on the margins of society face on a daily basis.

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Topics: Universe of Obligation, Innovative Classrooms, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

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