SCDS teachers are constantly sharpening their skills and learning how to better serve their students' thirst for knowledge. SCDS's K-3 Spanish Teacher Sarah Willis was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar to attend one NEH's "Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops" this past summer.
These workshops provide K-12 educators with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics and issues in American history and culture, while providing them with direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence
She participated in a one-week workshop called Women Making Change: Activism and Progressivism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts. "It was incredible to be a student again with 30 other teachers from all over the United States...The lectures, readings, and discussions all helped me to learn about women change agents working to support mill workers and immigrants in the early twentieth century. Together, with two other elementary teachers, I developed a lesson on...the work of settlement houses and how students can also reach out with their own acts of philanthropy. This is something I hope to incorporate into Lower School community service," Ms. Willis said.
Visit the NEH website to learn more about this opportunity.