Welcome to the Pacific Slope
We are a collective of teachers who take joy in challenging ourselves and our students, co-developing learning resources, collaborating on professional development, and learning from/sharing our practice with others. At the heart of our work are thinking classrooms that provide authentic connections between curriculum, identity, and place, primarily in the context of Social Studies.
Educators, Storytellers, and Guardians of the Secret Flame
Public Education Advocacy
Place in Education (PIE!)
Good Cheer Pro-D Model
We believe that professional development should, as often as possible, involve something to do with fire, good food, strong conversation, and an inspiring location. There should be as much laughter as learning taking place, and while serious things should be discussed, no one is allowed to take themselves too seriously. Essentially, we have developed our Code for Pro-D along the lines of the Order of Good Cheer, the attempt by early French-Canadian settlers to survive the winter and "land-disease" through mutual contributions to the mind and body of companions.
Hivernant Consortium Model
We believe that successful initiatives of this nature are underpinned with mutual contributions and shared ownership, not unlike the hivernants (wintering partners) of the historic Northwest Company. Their shareholders were also fur-traders, the same people who set the vision were also the ones to carry it out. The hivernants also carried on famous disagreements and continual splintering and re-assembly. Although we have shared goals, ideas, and projects, we also foment the kind of dissent that comes with open-ended inquiry and a willingness to both build and dispense with tradition at the same time. Somewhere midst joy and cynisim, ideals and realities, we find our paths across educational landscapes, sometime converging, sometimes diverging.
Read more about our long-term plot to support thinking, tinkering, story-telling, and place-responsive learning, the TTSP Project.
Our Twitter Feed, such as it is
We worked with Pearson Education to produce a Sourcebook for developing thinking in Social Studies 9 students. Check it out, then order some class sets for your school, already.
The Pacific Slope Flycatcher
What's the deal with this bird? We sent out a cease and desist and all we got back was "ps-SEET, ptsick, seet." What nerve!
Well, whatever your story, P.S. Flycatcher, we love you. You're welcome to join us at Mumbleypeg.