On a recent visit to Sara Stillman’s advanced art classroom at Emery Secondary School, students are immersed in a rigorous interdisciplinary mapping project on the history of Emeryville. Sparked by the Yale Initiative, a professional development program that offers K-12 teachers in urban and rural schools the opportunity to explore a topic in depth, Stillman began this unit at the high school after extensive planning at the University.
“I live in the country of California.” I heard this statement from one of my third graders after a geography study and disappointedly, it wasn’t a true/false game. Learning geography and its terminology may be abstract for a young student who hasn’t traveled further than his neighborhood block. Reading maps can also be complicated. Having […]