Chris Kelly teaches Advanced Placement U.S. history at Summit Prep (for description of Summit, see here). He has been at the school for eight years, coming from Oakland Unified School District where he taught history and social studies for just over three years at Skyline High School.
The classroom is a small one with 23 students who, as they enter along with Kelly, take down chairs sitting atop the tables to organize them into rows facing the front with four student sitting at each table, two facing the other two. The 90-minute class I observed on March 1, 2016 was the first day of a project on the Civil Rights movement.
Music is playing as students enter (a student tells me that the artist changes every week) and pull out their Chromebooks from backpacks. At 8:15, Kelly greets students with “good morning” and then tells students in a gentle…
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