Uncommon Schools Network, Newark NJ
The Uncommon Schools Network is one of the country’s leading charter networks. They operate over fifty schools in urban districts in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. Uncommon uses curriculum that is centrally planned by experienced teachers, and distributed across the network. During the 2018-2019 school year they brought us in to help their curriculum planners develop units and lessons that are more engaging, rigorous, and meaningful to students than what they were using previously. Over the course of three days we introduced the Four Question Method Method to a group of a dozen curriculum planners and helped the team to design a new unit planning template that can be applied across the network. We were then engaged to write a full school year of 4QM units and lessons for a new modern world history course aligned with the New York State Global History II Regents Examination.