In July, we officially welcomed a distinguished group of 60 educators to The New York Times Teaching Project. Chosen from hundreds of applicants and representing 29 states, these teachers are passionate about bringing the mission of The Times — helping people understand the world through on-the-ground, expert and deeply reported independent journalism — to their school communities.
When it became clear that our original plans to meet in person at The Times’s headquarters in Manhattan had to become, instead, a three-day virtual institute, we realized that though the format would change, our goals would not. Across several time zones, and over Zoom, Google Classroom, FlipGrid and Padlet, we connected all 60 educators to The Times, to our staff and to one another; invited them to share their own experiences and expertise; and helped them begin to develop curriculum projects that will be meaningful to their communities this school year.
Here are just a few of the things we did together:
We built community with regular interactive icebreakers. For example, we began the first day with breakout room “speed-dating” that used Learning Network writing prompts (like this one about your dream house, this one about home cooking, this one on accents and identity, and this one recalling your wildest childhood story) to allow participants to get to know each other, one pair at a time.
Teachers shared their expertise with one another by developing and moderating Edcamp-style sessions, focusing on subjects they’d previously explored or wanted to learn more about — including teaching STEM subjects with Times resources and using the 1619 Project to study the history of slavery and its legacy.
We offered behind-the-scenes looks at the work of Times journalists by hosting two panel discussions, one on Covid-19 and the other on the Black Lives Matter protests. Journalists, photographers and editors who covered these stories explained how pieces like “How Black Lives Matter Reached Every Corner of America” and “12 Fraught Hours With E.M.T.s in a City Under Siege” were reported, edited and created, as the teachers asked questions and, later, discussed the implications of what they had learned for their own classrooms.
The institute culminated in small-group pitch presentations — inspired by The Times’s front page meetings — during which educators shared their 2020-21 project ideas with their colleagues for feedback, advice and recommendations on next steps.
Now these educators will spend the next year working together to develop the projects they began in July; supporting each other through what promises to be a tricky year of teaching and learning amid a pandemic; and, of course, continuing to experiment with ways to include journalism in general, and Times resources in particular, in their work.
Below, a list of participants, their subject areas and schools — but also please click on the PDF below to find a short description of each curriculum project. As this school year continues, we hope to tell you more about each of them — and show you how you can adapt the projects you like for your own classroom.
Sohum Bhatt | Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School, San Francisco
Keshia Williams | Lee High School, Montgomery, Ala.
Alina Acosta | Manual High School, Denver
Avery Pickford | Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco
Alyssa Anderson | Burlington City High School, Burlington, N.J.
Pedro Berlanga | Akins High School, Austin, Texas
Judi Freeman | Boston Latin School, Boston
Sarah Garton | Great River School, St. Paul, Minn.
Kelli Kallens | Montgomery Upper Middle School, Skillman, N.J.
Scott Kallens | Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough, N.J.
Sam Kohn | Campus International High School, Cleveland
Michael Kokozos | Gulliver Prep, Pinecrest, Fla.
Andrew Kollen | Irvington High School, Fremont, Calif.
Tatianna McKinney | Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, Fla.
Mary Reid Munford | The New School, Atlanta
Lena Papagiannis | John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Boston
Erin Pinsky | Joel Barlow High School, Redding, Conn.
Joel Snyder | Animo Pat Brown Charter High School, Los Angeles
Nicholas Stone | Millennium High School, New York, N.Y.
Jen Wilkosz |Berlin High School, Berlin, Conn.
Debbie Domingues-Murphy | City Charter High School, Pittsburgh
Gabriel Graña | Smith Middle School, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jenny Stirrat | Northeast Early College High School, Austin, Texas
Bryan Milz | West De Pere Middle School, De Pere, Wis.
Kate Plows | Strath Haven High School, Wallingford, Pa.
Donna Schou | Lynnwood High School, Bothell, Wash.
Jennifer Carlson | Glen Burnie High School, Glen Burnie, Md.
Amy Chappuis | Clayton High School, St. Louis
English Language Arts
Sabrina Alicea | Daniel R. Cameron Elementary, Chicago
Donna Amit-Cubbage | J.R Masterman School, Philadelphia
Cassie Bentley-Bradshaw | Reynoldsburg High School HS2 Stem Academy, Columbus, Ohio
Blake Bockholt | Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering & Science, Layton, Utah
Diane Boyd | Mesa Verde High School, Citrus Heights, Calif.
Kim Butterfield | Central High School, La Crosse, Wis.
Jennifer Coleman | Hewitt-Trussville High School, Trussville, Ala.
Claudia Felske | East Troy High School, East Troy, Wis.
Christa Forster | The Kinkaid School, Houston
Kelsey Francis | Saranac Lake High School, Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Dina Giannakopoulos | Barrington High School, Barrington, Ill.
Karen Gold | The Governor’s Academy, Byfield, Mass.
Kathryn Gullo | North Hollywood High School High Gifted Magnet, North Hollywood, Calif.
Kristina Harvey | Wilton High School, Wilton, Conn.
Jessica Hunter | Syosset High School, Long Island, N.Y.
Claudine James | Malvern Middle School, Malvern, Ark.
Mary Beth Jordan | Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Jessica Kirkland |Park View High School, Sterling, Va.
Ben Klash | Beaverton High School, Beaverton, Ore.
Kristin Lawlor | The Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx, Bronx, N.Y.
Hannah Lipman | Newburg Middle School, Louisville, Ky.
Tessa Maglio | South Milwaukee High School, South Milwaukee, Wis.
Tiffany Mathes| Beaverton High School, Beaverton, Ore.
Kathleen Mills | Bloomington High School South, Bloomington, Ind.
Sharon Murchie | Bath High School, Bath, Mich.
Michael Potter | Hilton High School, Hilton, N.Y.
Jeanette Price | Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, Mont.
Kendra Radcliff | Druid Hills High School, Atlanta
Jodi Ramos | Stevenson Middle School, San Antonio
Teresa Scollon | TBAISD Career-Tech Center, Traverse City, Mich.
Rebecca Temple | Madison Central High School, Madison, Miss.
Meta Mikal Tews | Yukon Middle School, Yukon, Okla.