Informing Today’s Teaching Toolkit with Jazz Traditions

Summer Teacher Feature What you learned at your workshop: This summer I was privileged to attend a professional development workshop called the "Band Director Academy" held at the Jazz Lincoln Center facility in the Columbus Circle area of New York City.  The workshop was intended to give Middle and High School Band Directors a chance … Continue reading Informing Today’s Teaching Toolkit with Jazz Traditions

Teaching History Through a United Heartbeat

Summer Teacher Feature What you learned at your workshop: I attended a drumming symposium hosted by an organization called Total Rhythm. From the selection of wood in the construction process to its accompanying rhythm, this workshop taught the importance of the drum in oral history. A Griot is an oral historian from Sub-Saharan Africa who … Continue reading Teaching History Through a United Heartbeat

Building O’Dowd’s Ed Tech Leaders

In the 2017-2018 school year, we have made an effort to increase frequency of teacher gatherings to create a greater sense of community, collaboration, shared resources, and experiences. To further build and enhance this initiative, our first cohort of Ed Tech Representatives have stepped up to actively seek the best practices of teaching, use of … Continue reading Building O’Dowd’s Ed Tech Leaders