Professional Development

Fostering Youth Voice and Leadership | The Long View

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Youth organizing has been demonstrated to contribute to the social-emotional and academic development of young people, and fosters engagement in civic and community affairs. Organizing also increases young people’s sense of agency through the development of a structural analysis of problem they are facing. As Saa’un Bell, Strategy Director of Californians for Justice says, ‘Training young people to be organizers means training them with critical life skills. Organizing is about helping young people understand how they can contribute civically, and supporting them to advance racial justice.’

Are Novels Real? | In Search of the Novel: Workshop 3

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See why characters, their motivations, their stories, and the times and places should bear some likeness to reality in this one-hour video from In Search of the Novel. This program explores how readers connect with the novel and helps students explore the relationship between the novel and the objective reality from which it springs.

Introduction | Teaching Geography: Workshop 1

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This one hour video workshop introduces the 18 national geography standards, showing how they can explain the complexity of our geographic world. A case study of neighboring cities El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico highlights the importance of understanding spatial relationships and geography's effect on human lives. In addition, this workshop provides a framework for inquiry based teaching, introducing the five geographic skills associated with good scientific inquiry. The case study students explore follows a NASA space shuttle mission and examines the geographic factors surrounding Russia's shrinking Aral Sea.

The Cost of Dropping Out: Ron Ferguson | Dropping Back In

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Dr. Ron Ferguson describes the current and future costs in America of having an undereducated population in this video from the Dropping Back In series. Dr. Ferguson is a professor in the graduate school of education and co-director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, Boston, MA. He argues the need for career guidance for secondary students that includes options other than a four-year college degree.

 

Marty Clarke

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Examine the strategies that Marty Clarke, a high school mathematics teacher, uses to encourage his 9th grade Algebra I students to persevere in solving unfamiliar problems, in this media gallery from WGBH.

Trauma: Video Clip | Jennifer’s Character Profile

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In this scene from The Bad Kids we meet Jennifer, a resilient and motivated Black Rock High School student who is working hard to graduate early. Jennifer shares her experiences of trauma which have impact on her life. This clip can be used with the classroom lesson on effects of trauma.

The Value of Inquiry

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In this video from Physics by Inquiry, participants in an inquiry-based professional development workshop share their thoughts about why guided inquiry is valuable for themselves as learners and teachers, and why it is valuable in the classroom. These benefits include promoting a deeper understanding of phenomena and learning the kinds of questions you need to ask.

Teaching Planetary Sciences - Eclipses

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This is the third in a series of three professional development videos that correspond to lessons taught by Andrew Cloud, an Earth and Planetary Sciences teacher. Andrew’s class, a mixture of 9th and 10th graders, is an inclusion classroom he co-teaches with Barbara Brochstein.

In this lesson, Andrew introduces the concept of eclipses. He asks for student volunteers to represent the Sun (holding a flashlight), the Earth, and the Moon. He then asks the class to think about the order in which the volunteers should be assembled to create the conditions for a lunar eclipse to occur. The demonstration was reinforced by the use of the “Lunar Eclipse Essentials” video. In a final activity, students drew diagrams to illustrate a Lunar Eclipse and a Solar Eclipse.

Working with Non-traditional Learners

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In this professional development video excerpted from Getting Results, diverse learners study biotechnology at a technical college. The instructor and her students describe the students’ unique backgrounds: an older adult learner with lengthy professional experience in the computer industry, an immigrant student with a master’s degree in microbiology from her native country, and a younger student who had gone as far as he could in his job. The instructor states that examining these diverse backgrounds helps her make the most of each individual’s contribution, particularly in the lab where students work as a team.

PBCL in a Web Design Class

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This video from Making Learning Real about Problem-Based Case Learning (PBCL) shows one class's PBCL experience from the start of class through mid-semester. A Web design instructor works with a small business development center to find a local business partner. The center matches the instructor with a clothing store owner. The instructor and the business owner formulate the problem: the business needs a Web site. Students meet several times with the owner and create web designs that she approves. The students then begin building the Web site.

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