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SWON Visits - McAuley High School

Thursday, April 4, 2013  
Posted by: Melanie
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If you'd like to see Common Core and 21st Century Skills truly integrated into student assignments, I recommend contacting Becky Reilly of McAuley High School. In collaboration with the English Department, Becky helped revamp the Junior Year Project into a learning experience that not only allows the teachers to 'check the box' of Common Core, but really helps prepare students for college level work and beyond. Briefly, the students select a book for the summer at the end of their sophomore year. When they return, they have discussions about any questions that came up as a result of the reading. The books are chosen to have some kind of difficulty or question (social issue). Once they formulate a question (they can have help with this if needed), they will research and write about the issue for the rest of the year. The students have to use critical thinking, research skills, writing skills, creativity, etc. My description here does not do the Junior Project justice. Becky supports McAuley teachers in other ways too; by scanning Table of Contents' of relevant professional journals and emailing them, to providing a professional collection section of the library, to top notch coffees and teas (also available for students and staff). Please contact Becky directly to hear more about her pilot projects, the Junior Project or faculty outreach. She's happy to discuss with like-minded folks.

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