MUHS teachers Sabrina Westdijk and Kerianne Severy were recently named 2017 Rowland Foundation Fellows. Here's more about their work over the coming year:
Our overarching goal is to gather knowledge on interdisciplinary instructional teaming that can be practically applied in the short- and long-terms in order to encourage and support the effective implementation of interdisciplinary teaching teams in grades 9 and 10 at MUHS. Our primary research questions are threefold:
1. According to current educational scholarship, what are the benefits and challenges -- for a high school, faculty, and student body -- of an interdisciplinary teaming model? (And for MUHS specifically, in what ways can this approach be expected to support IB, equity-building, transdisciplinary skills, supports for diverse learners, personalized learning plans, and other pressing initiatives?)
2. What considerations (in terms of staffing, physical space, professional development, etc.) must be addressed to effectively develop and implement interdisciplinary teams?
3. What action steps must be taken at MUHS, and on what timeline, in order to enable this transition, support this approach, and build capacity and long-term sustainability?