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Education

Work History

Sep 2001Present

Social Studies Teacher 

Wayne-Westland Community Schools

I have taught Social Studies at both the high school and middle school for the Wayne-Westland Community School District since 2001 (minus a year and a half parental leave from Jan. 2009 - Sept. 2010).

Courses Taught:

HS: World History & Geography                                       MS: US History, 1783 - 1865

       Ancient & Medieval World History                                    World Studies

       American History, Reconstruction - Present

       21st Century Issues & Perspectives

       Human Geography & World Cultures  

During that time I have also been a part of many different student organizations and both building & district level committees: 

F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Mentor                                WMHS Social Studies Department Chair

Boy's Cross Country Coach                              WWCS District Design Team

Quiz Bowl Coach                                                 WWCS Evaluation Review Committee

Snow Sports Club Sponsor                                School Improvement Team Member

Champions of Wayne Mentor                           WWCS Trimester Review Committee

9th grade collab & team teacher                      WMHS Black History Month Coordinator

WWCS District Secondary Social Studies Content Leader                    Feb. 2014 - Present

  • Work with social studies teachers from two middle schools, two high schools, and an alternative high school to collaboratively address curriculum issues related to ELA Common Core support standards and Smarter-Balanced Assessment readiness as well as social studies specific curriculum and assessment concerns.

Sep 2000Aug 2001

Upward Bound Individual Skill Building Classroom Teacher

Wayne-Westland Community Schools
  • Designed and implemented lesson plans which met the outcomes of the district's Federal TRIO program grant.
  • Assisted students from low socioeconomic and low family education backgrounds in preparing for admission to post-secondary institutions.
  • Served as a chaperone on program trips to cultural and educational institutions. 

Honors & Awards

  • 2012 - Presented paper at Eastern Michigan University's Graduate Research Fair, The Rise of the Pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela: Rural Backwater to Supra-Regional Shrine
  • BSA Eagle Scout

Certifications

Jun 2013

Google Maps & Google Earth Certification

Google
Online course 'Mapping with Google'

Professional Development & Training

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.

Websites

References

Aaron Baughman, Executive Director of Curriculum Development. Wayne-Westland Community Schools. 734.419.2082 or baughmana@wwcs.k12.mi.us

Kevin Weber, Principal Wayne Memorial High School. Wayne-Westland Community Schools. 734.419.2200 or weberk@wwcs.k12.mi.us

Lindsay Rousseau, Assistant Principal at Wayne Memorial High School. Wayne-Westland Community Schools. 734.419.2200 or rousseaul@wwcs.k12.mi.us

Kerry Hritz, Social Studies Department Chair at Wayne Memorial High School. Wayne-Westland Community Schools. 734.419.2200 or hritzk@wwcsd.net

Shannon Pypa, Social Studies Teacher at Wayne Memorial High School. Wayne-Westland Community Schools. 734.419.2200 or pypas@wwcsd.net

Jeff Gerlach, MyBlend Instructional Designer. Michigan Virtual University. jgerlach@mivu.org

Jill Henry-Peters, Social Studies Teacher at Whitmore Lake High School. Whitmore Lake Public Schools. 734.449.4461 or jill.henry@wlps.net

Kurt Butefish, Coordinator of the Tennessee Geographic Alliance. University of Tennessee. 865.974.4841 or kbutefis@utk.edu