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fall 2021 GRADES 6-12

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About Campus Without Walls Why Participate? How to Register

CORE CLASSES 9 English / Language Arts History & Humanities Math Science Health & Wellness Electives




about CAMPUS


Campus Without Walls (CWW) is an educational initiative that leverages the power of public schools and technology to promote greater equity, access, opportunity, and liberation for all. Through a statewide, cross-sector collaboration of schools, universities, employers, nonprofits and out-of-schooltime providers, zip codes will no longer limit a student’s educational opportunity. Students will have access to talented Lead Teachers across the state - from district, charter, parochial and private schools. They will learn from educators skilled at providing student-centered digital learning experiences, as well as a culturally responsive, anti-racist decolonized curriculum. The goal is for all students to gain greater access and take full advantage of a range of learning opportunities that prepare them


to thrive in a rapidly changing digital world during COVID and beyond. Through our pilot that launched in Spring 2021, CWW served 600 students in grades 6-12. Our goal for Fall 2021 is to replicate the initiative in Gateway Cities in Massachusetts and expand statewide. Open Opportunity Massachusetts (OOMA) is leading this initiative in partnership with Boston Public Schools,, Boston Opportunity Agenda, and The Teachers’ Lounge. We are excited to continue the expansion of CWW this fall, harnessing the power of liberated learning without boundaries.

HOW IT WORKS Campus Without Walls seeks to reimagine education through the power of technology combined with innovative and culturally responsive curriculum.

THE BEST OF BOSTON CWW identifies talented Lead Teachers with strong content expertise. Teachers are committed to culturally responsive instruction, have a high bar for rigor, and embrace the concept of liberated learning.

OPEN ACCESS Selected Lead Teachers and Community Organizations identify an exciting unit or program offering in their curriculum. Through technology, these courses are open citywide to teachers throughout Massachusetts for free!

LIBERATED LEARNING Teachers and students throughout Massachusetts participate synchronously in the Lead Teacher’s class. Powered through a virtual learning platform, students are now learning in a Campus Without Walls!






Earn Professional Development points and discover new and creative teaching strategies.

Receive resources to pull into your curriculum to keep content exciting and engaging for students.

Be part of a learning community to grow your network and improve your teaching practice.

Join the movement to reimagine education during COVID and beyond with a focus on racial equity.

meet our SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PARTNERS The support of our inaugural school and community partners help us make liberated learning accessible to young people from across Boston regardless of their zip code or socioeconomic background. Courses offered for Campus Without Walls are hosted by our school and community partners.

LEAD SCHOOL PARTNERS Another Course to College Boston Collegiate Charter School Boston Latin School Jeremiah E. Burke High School Cathedral High School Charlestown High School Community Academy of Science & Health Fenway High School* Jean Charles Academy Josiah Quincy Upper School Noble and Greenough School John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science Roxbury Prep High School TechBoston Academy


COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS Bethel Institute for Community Development Boston Higher Education Resource Center Boston Private Industry Council Citizen Schools Hale Outschool Sociedad Latina

how to REGISTER Interested in being a Partner Teacher and bringing Campus Without Walls to your school? Register for a course in 3 simple steps!

Our Core Classes are provided by Lead Teachers that have opened up their classrooms statewide. Through an online learning platform they can deliver core content via live synchronous and asynchronous instruction.



Our Enrichment Modules are provided by community partners (i.e. BUILD, Boston PIC, Sociedad Latina, etc.). They can be run during the school day and after school.

Our Core Classes feature culturally responsive and decolonized curriculum, as well as project-based learning. They are taught synchronously, but adaptations can be made for asynchronous learning. Enrichment Modules are designed to be integrated into a teacher’s existing class during the school day. Enrichment Modules can also be offered asynchronously.


Registration is easy and simple! Our Course Catalog Shopping period runs from September 3rd to October 1st. Register online at



CORE CLASSES Taught by talented and experienced Lead Teachers across Boston, our Core Classes feature culturally responsive, anti-racist, decolonized curricula in the subject areas of English Language Arts, History and Humanities, Math, Science, and Electives. Teachers interested in offering one of these thematic units below should consider how it may integrate with their current course, note if the timing aligns with their course schedule, and register for the course through our registration process. Please note that courses can be taught asynchronously and do not have to perfectly align with your course time, although that would be ideal.


ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS The Marathon Continues: Igniting the Revolutionary Inside of You Through Writing and Discussion Lead Teacher: Shanae Paulino, Charlestown High Teacher Email: Grade(s): 12 Class Dates & Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:45-1:50pm Skills Learned: Writing, Critical Analysis, Discussion This class provides opportunities for students to reflect on ways they have responded to oppression in the past and to develop transformative resistance skills for the future. As a result of this course, students will be able to: 1) Identify and respond to issues of social justice reflected in the course text, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. 2) Make meaningful connections between the course text and current events. 3) Practice discussion moves that foster active listening skills and facilitate thought-provoking conversations related to core content and 4) Compose a writing piece that analyzes the course text through a specific lens (student choice on this topic). Ultimately, students will identify and analyze a problem and develop an action plan to revitalize and realize transformative change in their lives and community.



Shanae has been teaching high school students in BPS for five years. Prior to teaching in Boston, she taught financial literacy to high school students in California. She currently teaches 11th and 12th grade English and enjoys helping students explore important topics related to race, culture, identity, oppression, and resistance. She credits the Boston Teacher’s Union’s Ethnic Studies Now Curriculum Writing Group members for putting together the curriculum that has become the framework and foundation of what she teaches in the classroom.


ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS Murder Mysteries, Comedies, Afrofuturism, and More: Browsing with Intent to Write Lead Teacher: Chris Madson, O’Bryant School of Math & Science Teacher Email: Grade(s): 11 Class Dates & Times: Mondays and Fridays, 12:50-1:45pm Skills Learned: Symbolism, Claims, Fiction Composition While we all agree that reading and writing are indivisible skills, curriculums often ask learners to separate those skills. In this six- to eight-week course, students will: 1. Consume a variety of short fiction; 2. Debate specific authorial moves -- using the real world to create fictional spaces, creating characters, style, symbolism in setting and description; 3. And compose short fiction that utilizes those readings and conversations Each week, we will pair canonical and contemporary readings, for example, Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and Danielle Evans’ “Boys Go to Jupiter,” and focus on specific questions. At the unit’s end, students will be responsible for engaging in a week-long learning community investigation of one short story: Jamaica Kincaid’s “Xuela,” Anthony Veasna So’s “Three Women of Chuck’s Donuts,” Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s “Control Negro”, Hilary Mantel’s “Cinderella in Autumn,” or Te-Ping Chen’s “Shanghai Murmur” Students will also share a draft of their own short fiction.



Chris is a high school English Language Arts teacher at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, one of the three exam schools in Boston. Over the past decade, he has implemented a school-wide positive behavior intervention and supports system, designed project-based curricula that connects students with arts and public and private organizations around the city, and advocated for and implemented an inclusion curriculum for students with IEPs. Chris is an avid reader, gardener, and jogger. He lives in Cambridge with his husband and son.


ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS Less is More: Writing Aphorisms Inspired by the Philosophy & Poetry of Ancient China Lead Teacher: Robert Comeau, O’Bryant School of Math & Science Teacher Email: Grade(s): 12 Class Dates & Times: Mondays and Fridays, 8:27-9:21am. Skills Learned: Creative Writing, Analyzing Poetry & Text Students will read aphorisms from around the world, share some from their own cultures, then explore aphoristic writing from the philosophy and poetry of ancient China. We’ll read selections from the Tao Te Ching, then use its mystical philosophy to examine the poetry of Li Po. We’ll read from the Analects of Confucius, then seeks its spirit in the poetry of Tu Fu. The class will then practice the art of aphoristic writing, producing short, dense, and insightful responses to our class readings, as well as expressions of their own life philosophy. Students will find these skills useful in crafting lines that pop in discussion, essays, and narrative writing.



Robert Comeau is new to O’Bryant, after teaching senior English at Another Course to College (ACC) for 22 years. About 35 years ago, he dropped out of high school in senior year, earned a correspondence diploma, and joined the Marine Corps. After serving four years, he went from community college to Amherst College, graduating summa cum laude, and now holds a MEd from Harvard. He’s done many jobs, from factory work to aviation electronics, and seen many places, but he loves teaching and living in Boston best.


ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS AP Language & Composition Lead Teacher: Shradha Patel, Roxbury Prep High School Teacher Email: spatel@roxburyprep.prg Grade(s): 11 Class Dates & Times: Monday through Thursday, choice of 8-8:50am, 8:54-9:44am, or 12:25-1:15pm Skills Learned: Critical Thinking, Analysis in Writing, Reading, Speaking In this course, you will read a series of text fiction and non-fiction, challenge each other to robust discourse, and write with the audience and argument in mind. You will both prepare for the college credit-bearing content of AP Language but also be ready to spar, challenge, and engage others in the content through crafting your own voice and point of view. Whether students are taking the AP Exam or SAT, this course can still ensure students leave with the reading and writing skills that can help prepare them for a lifetime of advocacy, discourse, and analysis in writing, reading, and speaking.



Ms. Patel has had almost 20 years of education experience as a teacher, college placement counselor, and former Principal. She currently teaches English at Roxbury Prep High School. She is excited to welcome scholars to her AP Language course to get them ready for the SAT, for college, and to be stronger readers, writers, and thinkers the world needs right now! She graduated from Brown University and Tufts University. In her spare time, she tries not to watch too much TV and be outside when she can!



Gender Studies Today - An Exploration through Literature & Poetry

Lead Teacher: Casey Andrews, TechBoston Academy Teacher Email: Grade(s): 12 Class Dates & Times: Mondays 10:49-11:49am, Tuesdays 8:32-9:32am, and Thursdays 10:49-11:49am Skills Learned: Text Analysis, Identifying Evidence In this multimodal project-based unit, we will explore the question of who is seen as worthy and valued in United States society. As we investigate gender theory in our country, we will engage with a number of texts -- videos, short stories, poems, performance pieces, paintings, sculptures -- and begin to develop our own creative answers. This unit weaves in feminist and queer theory to help us answer the driving question; students can expect to produce critical analysis as they explore their own ideas about bodies, value, and society.



Casey Zella Andrews is a high school English teacher at TechBoston Academy. She holds a BA from Hampshire College, MAT from Simmons University, and MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Ms. Andrews has taught at TechBoston for the past six years; before that, she worked at City on a Hill Charter School, Circuit Street, and Nava Elementary School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Andrews enjoys writing poetry, taking walks, and playing with her toddler in her free time. Ms. Andrews has never lost a push-up competition to a student, including while she was pregnant.


ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS Your Voice Matters: Taking a Stand Against Racism and Injustice Using Poetry and Art Lead Teacher: Bernadine Lormilus, King K-8 School Teacher Email: Grade(s): 7 Class Dates & Times: Choice of Tuesday & Wednesday from 1:00-2:10pm, or Monday & Thursday from 10:30-11:30am Skills Learned: Research, Writing, Critical Thinking In this English Language Arts course, participants will learn about Pan-Africanist and Black Power leaders who have fought against racist ideologies and injustices during the African Decolonization Movements, Civil Rights Movements, and throughout American history. Participants will read, discuss and complete research projects as they navigate the core text Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You: a Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning. Throughout the unit, students will learn about and research prominent Black leaders such as Angela Davis, Stokley Carmichael, Malcolm X, W.E.B. Dubois, James Baldwin, and many more. By the end of the session, students will make their own voices heard by designing, presenting, and narrating (using voiceover) a digital poster about one of the Black leaders they researched.



Bernadine Lormilus-Henry is a 7th Grade ELA teacher at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Inclusion School in Roxbury, MA. She has been an educator in both the public and private school sectors for over 15 years. Ms. Lormilus was the 2016 recipient of the Barbara J. Capron Award for Excellence in Teaching Social Studies. As an ELA teacher, Ms. Lormilus strives to teach from a critical race lens while infusing civics, social studies, and technology into her literacy lessons. Ms. Lormilus is on a journey to becoming an antiracist educator. She takes pride in promoting antiracist pedagogical practices in her classroom with her students while encouraging them to use their knowledge to become catalysts of change in their own communities.



Using Politics to Improve Participation in Elections

Lead Teacher: Bruce Pontbriand, TechBoston Academy Teacher Email: Grade(s): 11 Class Dates & Times: Tuesdays 12:25-1:25pm and Fridays 1:28-2:28pm Skills Learned: Civics, Problem-Solving, Product Creation This course is Service-Learning Action Component from the WE Service Learning Program of the College Board. Students will focus on hands-on approaches using political science principles to improve voting in their local communities. Working directly with local officials is part of this course. Students will investigate the evolution of elections in our representative democracy and the current reality. Students will also learn how various entities such as the media and money influence our election processes and results. Finally, students will research topics that present factors affecting participation in elections, such as campaign finance and disenfranchisement. Students enrolled in an AP course at their school can get WE Service Learning Credit from the College Board by completing this course.



Dr. Pontbriand (known to TechBoston students as “Dr. P) has been teaching Civics and Government at the school since 2005. His classes have been directly involved with civic and local government engagement, including working with a local elementary school to design “green homes” for the local community with local city councilors. He has been active in the local Youth and Government Program and helping to train teacher leaders through UMASS Boston’s Teach Next Year Program.


HISTORY / HUMANITIES Black Studies Lead Teacher: Nakia Navarro, Jean Charles Academy Teacher Email: Grade(s): 10 Class Dates & Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays choice of 10:00-11:00am or 1:00-2:00pm Skills Learned: Critical Thinking & Analysis, Interpretation This course is an introduction to the study of people of African descent in the United States with linkages to Africa and the African Diaspora. Students will explore how domination, race, gender, and class shape Black life in the United States and how resistance and change have occurred. This course will provide an interdisciplinary intellectual arena where students learn to critically examine, analyze, and interpret the African, African American, and Caribbean experiences.



Nakia Navarro is the CEO/Founder of Building Audacity, a nonprofit organization resourcing youth-led community change. She has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, including an extensive background in nonprofit management, creating youth-focused racial equity training, and a community organizing curriculum. Nakia holds a BA in Public Administration from Winthrop University, a MA from Tufts University in Education, and a MA from Tufts University in Urban Environmental Public Policy.



Deconstructing Government: A Deep Dive into the American System

Lead Teacher: Oris Bryant, Noble & Greenough School Teacher Email: Grade(s): 11 Class Dates & Times: Tuesdays 1:50-2:40pm, Thursdays 9:50-10:35am, & Fridays 1:35:2:20pm Skills Learned: U.S. Government, Analytical Writing In this course, students will discuss and analyze the various principles of our government, beginning with the system itself, before delving more deeply into both the various groups/interest groups and the different institutions. Specific areas of focus will include: the government as a system (federalism, civil liberties, civil rights), third-party affiliations (interest groups, public opinion, political parties, the media), and the branches of government (legislative, judicial, executive). The course will also explore several modern-day topics to allow students to examine how our current government system has evolved and/or changed over time.



Oris T. Bryant has been an educator for a total of 18 years. Raised in Mattapan and after graduating from Brown University with a law and public policy degree, he began his teaching and coaching career in New Hampshire. After six years in education, he attended Rutgers Law School - Newark and practiced corporate law for several large Boston law firms. Returning to education in 2010, he has worked at the Noble & Greenough School for the last eleven years. His responsibilities include: social science and humanities teacher (grades 9-12), coaching varsity basketball, advising students and student groups, such as Mock Trial, and working with the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion department. He has been married for twenty years and has three children (19, 17, 14). In his spare time, Oris loves to shoot hoops, read science fiction, write and watch movies.



The Constitution: Promise & Reality (1787-1850)

Lead Teacher: Christopher Mee, Another Course to College Teacher Email: Grade(s): 9 Class Dates & Times: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 10:36-11:24am Skills Learned: Critical Thinking and Historical Analysis, Research The Constitution was filled with promise when it was written in 1787, and it still has promise today. However, in US History there has always been the reality that not everyone has benefited equally under the Constitution. In this course, we analyze both the promise and reality of the Constitution by examining the founding document and the experiences of women and African Americans in the period 1787-1850. The course’s skill focus is to develop students’ ability to make Claim-Evidence-Reasoning arguments. Students are encouraged to construct and defend their own original historical interpretations while they work collaboratively with their classmates.



Christopher Mee teaches ninth-graders at Another Course To College (ACC) and lives in Hyde Park. He has taught US History and other classes in the Boston Public Schools for 25 years. Chris strives to teach methods of learning and knowing that can be utilized in students’ high school academic courses and the wider world and community. While Chris is too old to beat his 16-year-old son in 1 on 1 basketball, he still dominates his 2-yearold daughter if the hoop is 10 feet high.


HISTORY / HUMANITIES Dreams and Nightmares: Envisioning a Liberated World Through Dreamwork Lead Teacher: Taylor Roberts, Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School Teacher Email: Grade(s): 6 Class Dates & Times: Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30am-12:10pm Skills Learned: Critical Thinking, Writing, Historical Analysis “Or does it explode?” This unit takes a critical look at the promise of the American Dream. Supported by mentor texts such as Front Desk by Kelly Yang, this unit asks students to both critically examine and explore how the narrative of the American Dream impacts others in their quest to obtain it. Additionally, this course gives youth the power to analyze how history, institutions of power and upbringing play a role in how they are able to currently navigate the present and envision the future. Students will practice the skill of imagination and critical thinking to envision what liberation looks like for them. This encourages students to both find and practice using their voices so that they can become agents of change.



Taylor Roberts is a middle school humanities teacher at Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School. She is a writer and educator focused on southern Black culture and Black futures. She is a graduate of Spelman College and has an M.Ed. from Boston University.


HISTORY / HUMANITIES Hard History: The Real Story of U.S. Lead Teacher: Catherine Arnold, Boston Latin School Teacher Email: Grade(s): 8 Class Dates & Times: Monday and Thursdays from 11:26am-12:16pm Skills Learned: Historical Analysis, Critical Thinking, Research This thematic unit will take a critical look at the hard-fought gains won during the period of Reconstruction and the massive reversals of the Jim Crow era that followed. We will examine the countless systemic injustices that have carried forward into the present day and take a clear-eyed look at some of the missing elements of American history that we desperately need to be included in our national narrative. We will learn why our democracy and our collective well-being depend on a citizenry willing to face the difficult truths about our roots in injustice. We have to understand--the real story of U.S.--if we are to realize this nation’s commitment to equality and pursue our national ideals of liberty and justice for all.



Catherine Arnold graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1995 in her mid-30s with a degree in Philosophy and received her teaching certification right afterward from Harvard Divinity School. She has been teaching 8th grade for 20 years and loves it. Her interests include social justice, sustainability, history, politics, animals, and food. Cate is creative and loves to dance. She also enjoys travel and has been to Hiroshima, Auschwitz, and Antarctica. She hopes that she and her students will better understand themselves and the world they live in and continue on their paths as future change-makers.


MATH Movies & Math Lead Teacher: Brian McCray, Josiah Quincy Upper School Teacher Email: Grade(s): 9 Class Dates & Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:03-2:50pm Skills Learned: Video Creation, Math Concepts Movies and Math is an eight-week course on enhancing mathematical foundation concepts. In this course, students will become the teacher! While working in small groups or individually, students will create their own educational video that explains to an average person how they can process that concept and successfully complete a math problem. Over the eight weeks will go through a rigorous step-by-step process of critique and feedback to create an informative math video using mathematical language.



Brian McCray is an 8th/9th-grade math teacher at Josiah Quincy Upper School. He has been teaching for ten years in Newton Public Schools and Boston Public Schools. Brian is a graduate of UMass-Lowell and has a master’s degree from Emmanuel College. He is also a head football coach at Belmont High School during off-hours.


SCIENCE Stop Spinning, I Can’t! An Exploration of Space Lead Teacher: Darren T. Wells, Washington Irving Middle School Teacher Email: Grade(s): 8 Class Dates & Times: Tuesday from 10:42-11:47am and Wednesdays from 9:06-10:11am Skills Learned: Research, Problem-Solving, Analyzing Data This Planetary Science Course takes students on a comprehensive tour of the solar system. Students will look at the history of human exploration of the cosmos and delve deeper into the modern questions surrounding space exploration. This course aims for students to develop a thorough understanding of the solar system, our planet, and the relationship between the Sun, Earth, and the Moon. Through a combination of lab work, modeling, reading, and data interpretation, students will strengthen their knowledge of planetary science, applied science, and scientific inquiry.



Mr. Wells has over 30 years of teaching experience and is a proud graduate of Hampton University. He is a nationally awarded educator who provides mentoring and training to new and veteran teachers in the middle school science curriculum for Boston Public Schools and those outside of BPS-affiliated spaces. Mr. Wells has an extraordinary will for his students to achieve/succeed and strives every day to impact their lives positively. He has been involved with several community organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts, and Network of Educators in Science and Technology. Additionally, he is an avid bike rider and loves fashion!


SCIENCE Is it Toxic? Exploring Health Science Through a Social Justice Lens Lead Teacher: Raksmey Derival, Innovation Academy Charter School Teacher Email: Grade(s): 9 Class Dates & Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-9:25am, and Thursdays 1:40-3:00pm Skills Learned: Scientific Research, Safety Analysis of Chemicals and Materials, Systems Thinking Scholars will practice effective communication, problem-solving, engaging with their community, self-direction, and systems thinking skills as they explore how health science and social justice issues intertwine. In this unit, scholars will engage in activities to deepen their understanding of how social injustices can be healed by activism and scientific practices like green chemistry. Topics will include investigating the safety of scholars’ personal care products, environmental racism, and student-nominated topics. The unit culminates with an action-based research project. Students will conduct online research, interview experts, create an application piece, and share their learning journeys at class and/or conference presentations.



Ms. Derival (she/her) is a second-generation Cambodian woman, daughter of refugee immigrants, and mother of two Cambodian-Haitian sons. She graduated from Suffolk University with a degree in biochemistry and forensic science and worked in forensic toxicology and green chemistry labs before joining Innovation Academy Charter School. Ms. Derival teaches chemistry, green chemistry, forensic science, and science and social justice classes through anti-racist and culturally relevant lenses. She is also passionate about healing the world through kindness and science, creating positive energy in social justice movements, and empowering others to remember that they are always, and in all ways, more extraordinary than they think they are.


HEALTH & WELLNESS Wellness is your Right: Intersectional Health and Equity for the 21st Century Lead Teacher: Zach English, Mario Umana Academy Teacher Email: Grade(s): 10 Class Dates & Times: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm & Fridays 10:10-11:05am Skills Learned: Critical Thinking, Analysis, Discussion. This module will explore what living a healthy life means to students and families in our communities. We will create definitions for what wellness means to us, and through that lens, address how well our systems can provide fundamental human rights and who is left out. We will analyze inequalities in access to healthcare, food, mental/emotional support both in our schools and beyond, with a particular focus on how this affects people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ communities. Students will then select an area of interest and create a policy addressing the inequities in healthcare while providing an alternative path that our students can champion.



Zach has taught ESL, Spanish, Social Studies, Sex Ed, and Health and Wellness in Spain and Boston. He now teaches Spanish and Health in Wellness at the Mario Umana Academy. He is a graduate of Umass Dartmouth, attended the University of Granada, Spain, and is a Lifeguard/Divemaster for the Red Cross. He has lived all around the world and loves to bring different perspectives into the classroom to motivate students and encourage them to explore new opportunities. He loves to spend his free time traveling, meeting new people, learning new languages, and hiking. He champions nerd culture and meaningful conversations.


ELECTIVES Is that Art? Lead Teacher: Stephen Belyea, Cathedral High School Teacher Email: Grade(s): 10 Class Dates & Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, rotating schedule. Skills Learned: Contextual and Formal Analysis, Critical Thinking Skills Art can take countless forms, and anyone can make art, but how do we know it is art? This course will give students the skills to break down a work of art into its’ essential parts to prove that a given work is art. We will learn how to form a contextual and formal analysis, develop thinking and viewing skills, and put the power of art to work in project-based learning as we create art.



Stephen is a fine arts educator with over 30 years of experience in the classroom. He is currently the lead teacher for the art department at Cathedral High School in Boston. He believes that everyone can be creative and that art is an essential part of life. Art helps make us fully human, tells our story, and gives us all joy. As part of the curriculum he has developed at Cathedral, he brings students into the untold stories of artists from different backgrounds and cultures, showing their shared human connection. He has developed a project-based learning curriculum in the arts that helps students form a real-world application of the arts. Along with his teaching, Stephen is a member of Cathedral’s professional development team dealing with issues of anti-racism and equity.




ENRICHMENT MODULES Offered by a network of over 7 community-based organizations, course offerings cover a vast array of topics, including Mindfulness and College Readiness. Enrichment Modules are designed to be integrated into a teacher’s existing curriculum or offered during homeroom, advisory, or afterschool periods. Course schedules for Enrichment Modules are not listed in the course catalog because they will be aligned to the scheduling needs of the Partner Teacher.


ENRICHMENT MODULES Journey to Your Authentic Self Hosted by: Bethel Institute for Community Development Grade(s): 9-12 Session Length: 60 minutes (1 hour) Number of Sessions: 8 Skills Learned: Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, Visioning Leave the world behind, and join us on this journey to discover your authentic self. Join fellow students in this class to learn techniques such as grounding, mindfulness, and other strategies to help you relax and focus on who you really are. Students will learn multiple self-regulation strategies to improve their quality of life. Expressive techniques will get them moving, dancing, drumming, writing/journaling, stretching, rapping, talking, listening – and more! Take time for yourself, and be a healthier you.



Creating Space for Yourself is hosted by Bethel Institute for Community Development (BICD). BICD’s mission is to provide academic and socio-emotional support for Greater Boston’s high-risk youth – and their families – using methodology that measurably transforms both their lives as well as the communities in which they live. Since 1992, BICD has been working with under resourced youth by helping them discover their strengths and further develop their innate skills, thereby building a lifetime of hope and success.


ENRICHMENT MODULES Steps to Success: Secure that Job! Hosted by: Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) Grade(s): 11-12 Session Length: 60 minutes (1 hour) Number of Sessions: 4 Skills Learned: Public Speaking, Communication Students will participate in an engaging series focused on skill identification, resume writing, interview preparation, professional communication and etiquette, and overall industry exploration. There is no required prerequisite experience for any student in this class. Students should come prepared to learn every day and eager to develop professional skills.



For more than 40 years, the PIC has worked at the intersection of business and community interests to connect Boston residents to promising career pathways, while creating a diverse talent pipeline for local employers. Their work is grounded in the belief that meaningful employment changes lives, lifts people out of poverty, and strengthens the local economy.


ENRICHMENT MODULES My Passport to College! Hosted by: Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) = Grade(s): 12 Session Length: 60 minutes (1 hour), two times a week. Number of Sessions: 16 Skills Learned: Research, Time Management, Self Advocacy Passport to College connects first-generation Passport Coaches with first-generation high school students, equipping them to achieve higher education, break the grip of poverty and become agents of change in their community. Students will receive guidance and support filling out the common app, writing their college essay, filling out the FAFSA, and creating a college resume as they apply to college this fall 2021! Students will also learn about budgeting, scholarships, virtual relationship management, and communication etiquette.



Through coaching and 21st Century Skill development, Boston HERC equips first-generation youth to obtain a higher education, break the cycle of poverty, and become agents of change in their communities.


ENRICHMENT MODULES Thriving Communities Design Challenge for Social Entrepreneurship Hosted by: Grade(s): 6-12 Session Length: 60 minutes (1 hour), two times a week. Number of Sessions: 10 Skills Learned: Design Thinking, Collaboration, Problem-Solving Racial, economic, and equity challenges that existed pre-COVID are at an all-time high. As we rebuild through a continuing pandemic, how can we ensure our communities transition from surviving to thriving? This 10-hour course empowers young people to use entrepreneurial thinking and human-centered design to develop youth-driven solutions to this year’s Challenge Question: How might we build powerful, thriving communities where everyone enjoys safety, wellness, and economic freedom? Students will discover the 5 Step Design Process (Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test) as they develop their ideas into products, services, and campaigns to address the challenge of building thriving communities. The course ends with students pitching their solutions to to community judges. Winning teams can apply for up to $250 in seed funding to bring their solutions to life. Join us, and let’s BUILD!


The Thriving Communities Design Challenge is hosted by BUILD to empower youth nationwide and give them a sense of self-agency as they strive to achieve their goals. Founded in 1999, BUILD’s mission is to ignite the power of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunity. BUILD helps students become the CEO of their own lives.


ENRICHMENT MODULES Career Connection Conversations Hosted by: Citizen Schools Grade(s): 7-8 Class Dates & Times: Asynchronous - 5 sessions, 1 hour each Skills Learned: Career Exploration, Self Discovery, Research In these interactive learning videos, students will hear from Black and Latinx professionals in STEM, Finance and Civic Engagement as they share their career journeys and expertise. Teachers may embed these videos into existing units or build an entire project around the engaging content.



Career Connections Conversations are presented as part of Citizen Schools’ work bringing diverse career mentors into middle school classrooms in partnership with science teachers to create experiential learning opportunities in their classrooms.


ENRICHMENT MODULES The Power of the Outdoors on Mental Health Hosted by: Hale = Grade(s): 9-12 Session Length: 90 minutes (1 .5 hours), once a week. Number of Sessions: 4 Skills Learned: Recording Observations, Nature Exploration In this class, students explore and experience the impact that spending time in nature can have on their brain chemistry, mood, attention, and overall well-being. We uncover the evolutionary history of humans’ connection to nature, investigate the science behind our bodies’ natural reactions, and find new ways to interact with the natural world around us. As students deepen their understanding of the natural world, we turn our attention towards access by looking at the various green spaces in and around Boston. Where are those parks located? Who has access to them, and how do we get there? Why was the city designed in this way? What new initiatives are taking place to increase access?



Hale offers educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire passion for learning, and encourage appreciation for the natural environment. They reimagine learning by guiding schools and students through experiential, interdisciplinary, community-based opportunities that empower and inspire a passion for learning and transform the education system.


ENRICHMENT MODULES The Great Debate: What’s Your Point? Hosted by: Outschool = Grade(s): 6-8 Session Length: 60 minutes (1 hour) Number of Sessions: 8 Skills Learned: Presentation, Research, Critical Thinking Are you passionate about current events or other social topics of the day? Do you find that you have an opinion about almost everything? In this course, students will learn the debate process, including roles, procedures, and layout. Students will sharpen their public speaking skills through practice with one another and engage in various types of debate, including impromptu debating, mock trial, and Lincoln-Douglas debate. Students will learn to make persuasive arguments while remaining calm under pressure, using facts and evidence, applying logic to anticipate rebuttals, and conceding points when necessary.



Founded in 2015, Outschool is an innovative education platform that offers over 100,000 engaging, small-group online classes. Unlike traditional courses, Outschool classes give students the unique opportunity to explore their interests in-depth via interactive, live video by experienced, independent educators.


ENRICHMENT MODULES Common Cents: Learning about Money! Hosted by: Outschool = Grade(s): 9-12 Session Length: 60 minutes (1 hour) Number of Sessions: 8 Skills Learned: Financial Literacy, Accounting, Critical Thinking Do you want to learn how to manage and maintain your own finances? Have you learned how to create and stick to a budget? Or what percentage of your paycheck should you save for the future? Do you ever wonder what cryptocurrency is or how it works? Or how stocks and the stock market work? Have you thought about how credit cards work and if you should have one? If you’re curious about any of these topics, then this course is for you. In this course, students will learn how to manage their day-to-day finances, including creating and maintaining a budget, investment options, the ins and outs of checking and savings accounts, and credit cards and how they work.



Founded in 2015, Outschool is an innovative education platform that offers over 100,000 engaging, small-group online classes. Unlike traditional courses, Outschool classes give students the unique opportunity to explore their interests in-depth via interactive, live video by experienced, independent educators.


ENRICHMENT MODULES College Essays: Getting on the “Write” Track Hosted by: Outschool = Grade(s): 9-12 Session Length: 60 minutes (1 hour) Number of Sessions: 8 Skills Learned: Writing, Research Nervous about your college application essays? Not sure what to write about or what style to use? Master the essay writing process before you embark on your college experience! In this course, students will learn the steps of writing different types of essays, including argumentative, descriptive, persuasive, and research. Critical thinking, as well as research skills, will be covered. By the end of this course, students will feel confident in their essay writing skills and prepared for the rigors of college writing.



Founded in 2015, Outschool is an innovative education platform that offers over 100,000 engaging, small-group online classes. Unlike traditional courses, Outschool classes give students the unique opportunity to explore their interests in-depth via interactive, live video by experienced, independent educators.


ENRICHMENT MODULES Finding Your Onramp to a STEM Career Pathway Hosted by: Sociedad Latina Grade(s): 7-8 Session Length: 60 minutes (1 hour), once a week. Number of Sessions: 8 Skills Learned: Data Visualization, STEM Skills, Exploratory Skills Ever wonder which career you would like to pursue in the near future? Finding Your Onramp to a STEM Career Pathway Using Network Science introduces middle school students to the world of Network Science and the tremendous range of future career opportunities that become available as youth develop Network Science skills. The sessions combine engaging STEM learning with My Career and Academic Plan activities to showcase how their new emerging STEM skills transfer to a wide range of exciting careers.



Finding Your Onramp to a Stem Career Pathway Using Network Science is hosted by Sociedad Latina in Collaboration with Boston University to increase career exploration opportunities for middle school students while engaging in STEM. Sociedad Latina’s mission is to create the next generation of Latino leaders who are confident, competent, self-sustaining, and proud of their cultural heritage. Since 1968, Sociedad Latina has been working in partnership with Latino youth and families to end the cycle of poverty, unequal access to health services, and lack of educational and professional opportunities in our community.



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