Schools are busy places this time of year. It is easy for the last few weeks to slip away without taking a moment to reflect back and celebrate the year's successes and innovations. On May 7, we brought together teachers, administrators and students from our Carson Partnership Schools Network, to take that pause to celebrate and share. Tuesday's celebration was at the GRAMMY museum and included a special performance with Charles Holt and Gerald Rivers in "Martin & Music."
Over the last three years our network has grown from 5 public high schools in the downtown area to 15 and growing. The word NETWORK is key. It is how we are creating a community. That community is also here on the LA Network BLOG. Both are platforms to showcase, share, and amplify the ways teachers across LA are doing innovative things with Facing History.
Highlights this year included:
- An anti-bullying summit where schools came together to develop action plans for their campuses
- A symposium on urban education looking at issues of stereotypes, the achievement gap and school culture
- Faculty participation in seminars, professional development on their campuses, and coaching support from our staff
- Workshops on Common Core and Safe Schools
- Parent education events
- Interdisplinary work including math, geography, art, science, english and history
- Student projects such as an exhibit on street vendors that was on view at the Autry Museum
- School exchanges locally, and with schools from New York
- Classroom speakers including Holocaust survivors, Dr. Allida Black, Arn Chorn Pond, and Artemis Joukowsky
To learn more about why the network, check out this film featuring some of the voices of Facing History staff, administrators and teachers. And then let us know, what did you do this year with Facing History that other teachers would be interested in doing?