Seven master teachers from six different states and two countries gathered in San Francisco to dig into the concept of “Quality Content.” They spent the weekend at a retreat hosted by UClass, an educational resource sharing company co-founded by CACS Literacy Specialist Leah Schrader.
CACS teachers leapt at the invitation to share some of their unique approaches to student-driven learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. Jasmine Sheldon, first grade teacher and Ann Ledo-Lane, director of arts at CACS lead a workshop with the visiting educators. They shared a dynamic book project about activism that they collaboratively facilitated with Jasmine’s first grade class. Highlighting the integration of the arts with history, they presented the power of bringing multiple disciplines together to offer children deep encounters with the learning process. They also shared the Studio Habits of Mind employed by CACS students and teachers alike and inspired the visiting educators with CACS’ framework for making learning an engaging and meaningful process for our students. We’re excited that our teachers are embracing opportunities to share our work with other educators around the country.