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  Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 11.26.00 AM.png If you give a mouse a cookie... After students write letters, they will probably want to keep writing in STEM and get involved in citizen science. Check out these Remix, Remake, Curate resources for poetry and science writing, citizen science projects, and much more!
Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination and commitment to revisit my practice. They know about my desire to understand the affordances of technology and media-making in literacy instruction. They know about my dedication to helping my learners become global citizens. Now, make no mistake, I understand "I turned out completely fine" with a more traditional education, but then again, that's...
  powerpoint.jpg I hope that my journey of developing Common Core-aligned units that combine academic literacy instruction with civic inquiry has inspired you to think how you could develop your own civic literacy units/projects. I am attaching a PowerPoint presentation that I’ve used during my workshops with UCLA Writing Project teachers that I encourage you to...
our america.jpeg I returned to high school English teaching after five years of graduate study focused on researching the connections between literacy instruction and civic engagement. One of the most transformative experiences I had while out of the classroom was the opportunity to lead a youth participatory action research (YPAR) program called the UCLA...
IMG_0350.JPG Asking teachers to consider incorporating ‘civic education’ into their practice can sound quite stressful, particularly when they are already overwhelmed with trying to impart to students the required knowledge and skills in their subject areas. Civic learning can very easily be viewed as one more thing piled on top of the countless other valuable...
_DSC5147.jpg   Two of the major purposes of high school classes, according to the Common Core Literacy Standards, are college and career readiness; indeed, these two purposes are mentioned together in the document so often that they are provided with a special acronym – CCR standards. The six-paragraph introduction to the literacy standards refers to the goals of...
Our month-long series, Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, had the final official webinar yesterday; don't miss an interactive online conference in an unHangout style for our final webinar next week. The series, broadcast in partnership with Educator Innovator and Connectedlearning.tv, focuses specifically on equity in relation to Connected Learning principles. This fourth webinar...
Jesse Shapiro, History teacher from Oakland High School, gave the following response to the above question, “I found that students really step their game up.  Their writing is much better when they know that other people’s eyes, other than me, [are] going to be on it.  They become better speakers, when they know that they are going to have to go out in public and be prepared to speak and they are...
20140228_135720.jpg “The irony is the more personal your story is, the more universal it is. And the more you keep that nuance that makes your story personal, the more it will spread,” Nirvan Mullick, the founder of Imagination Foundation noted on January 21, 2014.  Mullick spoke from experience. Caine’s Arcade, a short documentary film he released in 2009,...
Jesse Shapiro, History teacher from Oakland High School, gave the following response to the above question, “I found that students really step their game up.  Their writing is much better when they know that other people’s eyes, other than me, [are] going to be on it.  They become better speakers, when they know that they are going to have to go out in public and be prepared to speak and they are...

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