We are looking for a group of educators interested in participating in “No Citizen Left Behind” – a professional learning community (PLC) that will explore new and existing ways in which key elements of Act 77, notably proficiency-based learning (PBL) and flexible pathways, empower teachers interested in integrating civics and sustainability education throughout the curriculum.
Over the course of five meetings throughout the Spring of 2018, teachers will share and discuss ways in which they are incorporating civics and sustainability into their curriculum. Rubrics for content-based learning expectations as well as transferable skills will be shared and analyzed. Various models that incorporate community-based learning, service learning, and project-based learning will be considered in addition to new tools such as “micro-credentialing,” which may open the door to more “extended learning opportunities.”
Although content topics may be quite diverse, at least some attention will be given to the pressing issues of climate change, social justice and equity, and active citizenship. It is notable that too many science teachers present climate change only from a “science frame,” while there are not enough social studies teachers addressing the topic from a civics perspective. This particular moment in time demands greater involvement in these important issues, and fortunately, a spike in student interest and action.
The PLC will meet at Montpelier High School roughly every three weeks starting in March. The spring sessions will culminate with a “pizza party” in the MHS courtyard, featuring pizza made with ingredients from the school’s gardens and baked in the school’s earthen oven. At that time plans for the future of the PLC will be discussed.
Tom Sabo, Montpelier High School
Science Teacher, Montpelier Public Schools Sustainability Coordinator, 2011 Rowland Fellow
Matt Henchen, Harwood Union High School
Civics Teacher and Founder of the Vermont Youth Lobby
Please email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt at email@example.com if you are interested!
Montpelier High School
March 14, April 4, April 25, May 16, June 6