Aya Marcyzk, Education Fellow at History Institute, Foreign Policy Research Institute will lead a workshop focused on Social Studies. The Foreign Policy Research institute creates world history curricula that expands students’ capacity for critical and independent thinking. The curricula center on introducing historians’ debates into the classroom and inviting students to evaluate historical arguments and evidence.
Penn GSE Scholars Rowan Machalow and AJ Schiera will discuss general lesson planning techniques such as backward design.
AJ is a social studies teacher and roster chair at William L. Sayre High School. In this capacity, he teaches AP US Government, AP Psychology, and a Foundations of Education Elective. He completed his doctoral degree at Penn GSE with a research focus on finding convergence between Social Justice Teacher Education and Practice-based Teacher Education. He has used practitioner research methodologies to study his own work teaching a justice-oriented foundations course to student teachers, using what he learned to make sure the course connected to the actual work of day-to-day teaching. AJ is animated by the opportunity teaching provides to create and the opportunity to learn from and with his students everyday.
Rowan is a fifth year doctoral student at PennGSE studying how teacher think about and implement math curriculum with Dr. Janine Remillard. Before coming to Penn, Rowan was the director of math and science curriculum development for a major educational publisher, and worked in curriculum development for nearly a decade. Rowan has also been a preschool director and an elementary and middle school teacher. Currently, Rowan is on the board at two preschools and manages a Jewish, nature-based family education program. Rowan loves working with teachers and seeing the magic that they bring to their classrooms every day.