Global Connections: Sustainability and the Common Core

Interdisciplinary teams working with 6-12th grade learners

What: The International Studies Education Project of San Diego (ISTEP)* is hosting a five- day summer institute June 23-27. Participants will be immersed in a blend of cross-disciplinary
collaboration, rich intellectual content, and pedagogical skill development that focuses on both
Common Core standards and strategies for generating students' deep academic engagement.

Who: Teams of teachers and administrators from middle and high schools. Schools are urged to sponsor teams that combine science, English language arts and history-social science.

How: Model lessons, presentations by specialists, demonstrations, experiential activities and hands-on participation.

Topics: Sustainability topics of current and evolving 21st century global significance – environmental footprint, invasive species, climate change, etc. Such topics will be examined from different interdisciplinary perspectives and various viewpoints.

Engaging all students through CCSS: Strategies to enable all students to successfully meet the new requirements. Included will be instructional skills that are needed to generate and sustain a dialogue on academic subjects, unpack complex text, use evidence to support positions, and critically analyze arguments. Engagement will be achieved through disciplinary content that demonstrates its relevance to students' lives, interests and experiences as well as through active oral and written use of the vocabulary of instruction -- academic concepts, principles, issues, etc. To create safe learning environments and facilitate the active participation of all students, community building exercises and activities will be modeled.

When: June 23-27, 2014

Daily Schedule: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Location: San Diego County
Office of Education, JRRTC

Cost: $500 teacher leader stipend plus room and meals for out of town guests

Contact for Orange and LA:
Connie DeCapite FIRST Director
714 345-4877

* FIRST is a regional site of the California International Studies Project - CISP

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