Professional Development: Spanish Civil War and Fascism

April 25, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers
On Friday and Saturday April 7 and 8, History teachers Tim McCall and Karen Pleasant attended America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond , a two-day seminar supported by the History Collaborative in Northampton and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive in New York City, with funding from the Library of Congress.  The seminar took place at the UMASS Center in Springfield, MA.  Tim and Karen had limited knowledge of the Spanish Civil War and this workshop provided a learning opportunity. Fascism was also topical and relevant to the history teachers, as the word has become increasingly part of the lexicon following the 2016 presidential campaign; although many people do not understand what it means. The conference included lectures, document work, practical teaching tips, PowerPoint presentations, and individual work time for participants to create a lesson plan. At the end of the event, Karen enlisted the guest educators to help design the last unit of the year on the Spanish Civil War, for the IB History Year 1 SL class. Tim will be reorganizing his spring-term foreign policy unit to focus on how America’s fear of communism trumped its faith in democracy and self-determination.

Filed Under: History, teaching history, Professional development

Keeping Up with Women

March 08, 2016 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Karen Suchenski

Happy International Women’s Day, happy Women’s History Month all!

It seems ironic that our all girls’ school has our greatest amount of time off in the academic year during the month designated as women’s history month and that we, a global community of girls, women, and men passionately committed to girls education, are never together on March 8, celebrating International Women’s Day .

But I realized we can be. And we can unite with others in empowering women and girls around the world.


Filed Under: History, Feminism, Education, International Women's Day

10,000 Hours.

December 21, 2011 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

The following was originally delivered to students, faculty and staff at the opening of Stoneleigh-Burnham School's fall Honor Roll Assembly.

Filed Under: Teaching, Grades 7-12 and PG, Karen Levitt, All-Girls, History, Honor Roll, On Education, 10, Boarding and Day, 000 hours, All Girls Education, In the Classroom, The Faculty Perspective, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Education, Malcom Gladwell