We have been virtually hosting a national cohort of grades 6-12 History-Social Science teachers working on a common body of lessons focused on historical sites around the U.S. that are related to "The Fight for Equal Rights".
So our teachers are from local areas of each site, MLK National Park in Georgia, Women's Rights National Park in Upstate New York, Stonewall Inn Historic Site in Greenwich Village New York, Cesar Chavez National Park in Kern County CA, and Angel Island Immigration Station State Park in SF Bay CA.
Previously of course, we'd all travel to a central location to gather and conduct much of our lesson planning and coaching, we are now doing it remotely via Zoom meetings and some supporting digital curriculum tools. In the end, we've been able to continue to make the process of matching content and historical specialists, with digital learning design specialists alongside exceptional classroom teachers from across the U.S. the REAL FOCUS thanks to this technology. Being able to coordinate with the classroom educators is key taking all of this subject area content and making it actually engaging, compelling, and accessible to middle school and high school age students. Thank you Zoom!
PS -...and one of our favorite things has been to capture screen shots of one another each week to showcase THE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS we all generate randomly when working together through curriculum and instructional strategy review session...educators can always find the fun!