How are you involved in education?
I help manage What So Proudly We Hail, an e-learning project for civic education by educators Amy and Leon Kass. Our (free) materials demonstrate how American literature can be used to enhance history and social studies, and how a pedagogical approach that stresses learning through inquiry can make primary sources come alive for students of all ages.
We offer two “curricula”: one pairs classic short stories (e.g., To Build a Fire, Harrison Bergeron) with key American texts (e.g., Federalist 10, the Declaration) to explore themes about American character, citizenship, and identity. The other explores the history, tradition, and themes of American civic holidays.
Have you ever attended an edcamp or unconference before?
Never — just heard about this from Joe Phelan at Edsitement. I’m excited to attend my first “unconference!”
What do you hope to get out of edcamp MetroDC?
I hope to connect with educators who are interested in civic education, American literature and history, and technology. I’m also looking forward to learning more about the challenges teachers face and how we can better meet their needs.
If you led a session at edcamp MetroDC, what would you present?
I’m mostly interested in hearing from teachers about their work and projects, but I’d be glad to talk to anyone about What So Proudly We Hail and connecting social studies and the language arts!