Performance Assessments of Social Studies Thinking 2014 - 2015
Chosen to one of three high school educators from Wayne county to help create State of Michigan High School Content Expectation based testlets in conjunction with teachers from all of the other Michigan Intermediate School Districts. Once completed this resource will be available for all Michigan educators at http://passtmoodle.wmisd.org
An Educator's Collaborative: Designing for Deep Thinking 2014 - 2015
Part of a group of educator's from around the state of Michigan (+ one from Wisconsin) working with Dr. Ron Ritchhart and Whole Mind Design Studio to re-imagine the classroom and work towards deeper thinking by our students.
New Approaches to the 9-12 U.S. Curriculum on North Africa & the Middle East Feb., 2015
Attended a workshop co-sponsored by the Newberry Library, Center for Arabic Language and Culture, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago looking at moving beyond the clash of civilizations narrative surrounding topics like the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, and the “rise and spread of Islam”.
Looking at Student Work Nov., 2014
Presented as part of a panel at our district wide professional development day on collaboratively looking at student work using the Looking At Student's Thinking (LAST) protocol as a way to gauge and focus on students' thinking and learning as a means of collecting data in an alternative manner to standardized testing.
Reading Apprenticeship Improving Secondary Education Aug.,2014 (RAISE) Training
Five day training in Reading Apprenticeship to improve literacy in the Social Studies classroom
World History Initiative: The City Across Time and Space June, 2014
The World History Initiative is a yearly training sponsored by the International Institute at the University of Michigan designed for k-12 world history teachers. The goal is to improve knowledge of current scholarly trends and improve pedagogy. This years theme was on using cities to understand continuity and change in world history.
Henry Ford Learning Institute: Intro to Design Thinking July, 2013
Three day workshop hosted by the Henry Ford Learning Institute on the principles of Design Thinking and using it in an educational setting.
World History Initiative: Parachutists and Truffle Hunters? June, 2013 Telescopes and Microscopes?
The World History Initiative is a yearly training sponsored by the International Institute at the University of Michigan designed for k-12 world history teachers. The goal is to improve knowledge of current scholarly trends and improve pedagogy. This years theme was teaching students to navigate scales.
#edCamp Detroit May, 2012 & 2013
Edcamp Detroit is an unconference, inspired by similar events being organized around the country. Our goal is to bring educators together to share their passion and ideas for better learning in an open format. It’s a conference for educators, by educators, and anyone who shows up at the event can sign up to host a session, on any topic they choose. If you want to host, you just write your name on the board and lead a discussion for an hour. If people get something out of it, that’s great. If not, participants are encouraged to vote with their feet.
MACUL Conference March, 2012
Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning conference.
EduCon 2.3 Jan., 2011
EduCon is both a conversation and a conference hosted by the Science Leadership Academy in Philadephia, PA. It is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.
NEH Summer Institute: The American South - Geography & Culture July, 2007
Received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study for four weeks at a summer institute co-hosted by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.