What We Do
The focus of our work is teachers and students in urban schools. We emphasize culturally relevant curriculum and research-based practices designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body. We work with schools and district to customize professional learning that is hands-on and collaborative. Examples of our offerings include:
Reading and Writing in the Social Studies Classroom:
- Annotation strategies for use with primary and secondary sources. We provide the source sets for this work and use the new English Language Arts Development Standards to design model activities.
- Writing strategies to support the development of evidence-based argumentative writing.
Speaking and Listening in the Social Studies Classroom
We emphasize strategies that promote small group collaborative conversations that enable all students to participate.
This can include:
- Planning for the Common Core. Working with teachers to develop pacing guides using backwards planning to embed Common Core skills, essential questions, and historical investigation/inquiry activities.
- Integrating educational technologies (edtech) into social studies/history classroom.
- Creating history investigations/inquiry lessons in collaboration with teachers to promote historical thinking and the development of skills aligned to the California Standards.
- Introduction to the History Blueprint as a model of Common Core based curriculum.
- Utilization of Lesson Study as a process to improve instruction and student outcomes.
- Development of teacher leaders.
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