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Three BMHS Teachers Present at DC-Project Zero Exhibition
Posted 04/26/2017 06:00AM
Project Zero from Harvard Graduate School of Education

Bishop McNamara teachers Mrs. Kathryn Heneghan, Mr. Shawn Dougherty, and Mr. Nicholas Klimczak will be presenting class projects they designed on April 27th at the annual DC-Project Zero Exhibition of Teacher and Student Learning at Sidwell Friends School. Project Zero is an educational research group based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Since 1967, Project Zero has conducted research and developed frameworks, tools, and strategies that aim "to understand and enhance high-level thinking and learning across disciplines and cultures in a range of contexts, including schools, businesses, museums, and digital environments."

Visual Arts teacher, Mrs. Kathryn Heneghan, designed a project inspired by the question "What does data sound like?", challenged students to create an abstract visual representation of a data set of their choice. Using the principles of sonification to guide their decisions, they gathered and analyzed data, translated that data into elements of design, and then produced a finished piece that communicated their artistic response to the data.

Mr. Shawn Dougherty, a U.S. History teacher, developed a program that asks the question "How can a nation as young as ours, which holds its founding documents in tortured reverence, hope to endure when we can not even agree on the most basic details of our national history?" This project confronts divisive debates about American culture and challenges how American history and civics courses have traditionally been taught. Students learned to confront their bias and deepen their understanding of U.S. History and American government, by collaborating to research, write, design, and publish an online textbook.

Science teacher, Mr. Nicholas Klimczak, asked his students to use an iterative process to research and design a new zoo, starting with the challenging question: How might we convince people to care about invertebrates? Working in teams, they prototyped engaging, ethical ways to educate visitors about the evolution, ecology & behavior, and physiology of animals.

These projects will be presented as a part of the Inquiry, Collaboration, Reflection: An Exhibition of Teacher and Student Learning conference at Sidwell Friends School on April 27, 2017.

Great work on the part of these outstanding teachers and their students!


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