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Monday, January 27 • 9:30am - 10:20am
City as Our Campus: A Classroom Perspective

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Winchester Thurston School’s City as Our Campus program, established in 2003 and embedded in our core academic curriculum, empowers our students, PK-12, to take an active role in understanding and addressing the various issues that impact their community. This session will explore two similar community-based learning experiences, a first grade unit and a high school course, that both focus on engaging students in urban design and community development. The first grade project engages students in community exploration activities and project-based learning experiences that ask students to consider how their community is designed and built while having conversations about equity and accessibility. Urban Research and Design is an advanced level course that challenges students to investigate and address community issues through community engagement and urban design. Attendees will hear from two classroom teachers to learn about the impact of City as Our Campus on student learning and teacher practice. Research findings will be shared from a project with the University of Pittsburgh that studies the City as Our Campus program learning and its perceived impact on student learning. A toolkit of resources developed through this research project will be provided.


Michael Naragon

History and Social Studies Department Chair, Winchester Thurston School

Desiree Jennings

Lower School Faculty, Winchester Thurston School

Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST