Hamilton Southeastern Schools encourages residents to participate in Giving Tuesday which supports programs such as the Summer Science Institute

Some of the faculty that participated in the Summer Science Institute. (Submitted photo)

Some of the faculty that participated in the Summer Science Institute. (Submitted photo)

Commentary by Freedom Kolb

Dr. Chris Edwards has spent more than a decade guiding middle and high school students through U.S. and World History. In his spare time, Edwards pens articles and books on subjects from philosophy to teaching methodology. One article, titled “Three Cheers for Teachers,” may just change the design of teacher professional development.

In his article, Edwards touts that educational reform must come from within, specifically by engaging teachers in both the change process and their content areas. The simple approach calls for collaborating with teachers as natural leaders in the field of education.  The concept is not radical, but has caught the eye of fellow faculty members, college administrators, funders and legislators.

Working with partners like the Scientech Foundation, Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation and local universities, Chris has developed week-long summer institutes where teachers learn directly from content area experts in math, physics, biology and chemistry. Teachers then create classroom-ready lesson plans and curricula based around the concepts they have learned.  This fosters the same type of inquiry based, innovative thinking in our faculty that HSE Schools hope to instill in our students.

Participants in the program applaud the approach with statements like, “The overall vision for this program has great potential for improving the course of U.S. education.”  Even more important in today’s climate, the institutes appear to renew educator’s passion for teaching,  evidenced by comments like, “(It) makes me love math again.”

You can help champion programs just like the Summer Science Institute.  This Giving Tuesday show your unselfish side by giving to the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation at hsefoundation.org.  Your generosity will support innovative projects benefitting all 21 local schools.

Each Tuesday in November, Hamilton Southeastern Schools is highlighting teachers and students to spotlight where Giving Tuesday funds go. Giving Tuesday is Nov. 29. For more, visit givingtuesday.org.

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