Sequoia High School, Redwood City
We are a team of interdisciplinary teachers committed to the equitable and engaging education of newcomer English learners. We seek to leverage our expertise as we create and implement Project Based Learning (PBL) units specifically designed for our students. First, we will attend professional development workshops to establish a common foundation. Then, we will collaborate in self-guided, focused workshop sessions to produce the tools necessary for effective implementation: project materials, rubrics, teaching strategies and language support. Our goal is to highlight students’ strengths, resources and assets and support them through challenges. For example, some newcomers have experienced interrupted schooling and/or trauma, and one of our goals is to target instruction strategically so that students build capacity.