Students and teachers focus on a cross-curricular project

April 20, 2020
Teachers and students from across the Anaheim Union High School District are working on a capstone project focused on COVID-19 with the following driving question: How Is the Coronavirus Affecting Your Life? The project is not focused on one particular subject matter, but could be cross-curricular and through the lens of any content. AUHSD educators realized that education has a great opportunity to make a great impact. They saw an opportunity for a teachable moment and wanted to make education relevant for students during the COVID-19 school dismissals. Students were aware they are living history and this was not just a chance to reflect from a distance, but reflect within the moment. For one generation it was JFK, for another 9/11, and for this generation of young people, COVID-19 will be a defining moment in their lives. In addition, educators saw this as an opportunity to use technology to access resources, create, deliver, and showcase in a variety of mediums and platforms. Despite the fact that students are not sitting in physical classrooms, AUHSD educators felt they have a tremendous opportunity to engage students in a manner that builds their capacity in the 5Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Character/Compassion) while simultaneously helping them to heal and make meaning of what they are experiencing in this unprecedented time. AUHSD leadership realizes the importance of this teachable moment and, consequently, is giving AUHSD educators permission to pivot from their traditional curriculum to this COVID-19 Capstone for the remainder of the year, if interested. In addition to this support, district educators are connecting with colleagues and sharing ideas via a spreadsheet and social media. These projects range include photovoice presentations, reflective journals, data-analysis, creative writings, documentary videos, website designs, and social media postings, among others. Finally, AUHSD will be showcasing the process and final products of projects via social media to the community starting in April on Facebook and Instagram. The COVID-19 Capstone is not the first time AUHSD students and teachers have turned their attention to issues within their community. AUHSD has a history of being at the forefront of civic learning and has been recognized for its students and programs focused on civic engagement. 
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Anaheim Unified High School District students used a variety of mediums, including photography, to show the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Anaheim Unified High School District students used a variety of mediums, including photography, to show the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anaheim Unified High School District students used a variety of mediums, including photography, to show the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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