SFSAS teacher featured in EL/Harvard Illuminating Standards Project
A collaboration between Expeditionary Learning and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Illuminating Standards Project has two main questions:
What do standards actually look like when met with integrity, depth and imagination?
How can we have a deeper, richer dialogue about state standards, particularly what they mean and look like in actual student work?
As part of the Illuminating Standards Project, Harvard graduate students were invited to produce short films that show what a close look at student work reveals and illuminates about Common Core and other standards, like the Next Generation Science Standards.
Harvard 2015 Master's Candidate Elliot Dickson chose to feature Stargazer 1st/2nd grade teacher Chintan Kess and the expedition she designed called Original Physics Experiments. The film, which also featured SFSAS Alumni Kit Willey (Class of 2013) and Landon Tafoya (Class of 2014) was part of a Harvard Graduate School of Education Film Festival, featured in an
Education Week blog, and recently shown during an EL professional development online class. The video can be found on EL's Center for Student Work. Kudos to Chintan and her Stargazer scientists!
From the Expeditionary Learning Center for Student Work:
"In science classrooms across the country students are given experiments to perform; they are told what to observe and how to collect data. Even though learners may be having fun in their science classes, are they truly developing essential scientific thinking skills?" Learn more at the