To be a student in MSON is to encounter incredible questions, search for answers, and ask some more. Here are just a few of the questions taken from course descriptions in our 2021-22 Course Catalog:
How do great political leaders instill a desire in the public to follow them?
How and why is it that a pop culture icon like Beyoncé reignited the flame of feminism in 2014?
What lessons from the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be important for those living in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?
How do you know that you are not in the Matrix?
Why are most artificial intelligence algorithms biased?
Is access to affordable housing a human right?
Does our national fixation with hero detectives, warrior cops, and batmen suggest something more complex at work?
Are you willing to challenge your own ideas and beliefs by learning how to listen and speak respectfully with others?
What aspects of American culture shape the experience of being a woman today?
Once again, I’m blown away by the quality of our instructors, who bring enormous subject-matter expertise, dedication to teaching, and excitement about continuing to evolve our special program.
Please peruse our Course Catalog and get a feel for our courses from the teachers themselves in their course videos.
What makes all of this work? The spirit of collaboration. We offer classes like these because we can find an expert teacher at one school to open up his or her class to students across the country. We provide transformative learning experiences for students (like the ones in our Student Spotlights) because we put students in class with peers they might never meet in person, who enrich the conversation in class, in Macroeconomics and Chemistry and Advanced French alike. I am grateful every year for the way our schools come together to offer such opportunities for students.
What else is happening at MSON?
1. This spring, in partnership with the Bay Area BlendEd Consortium, we have offered monthly Supercharge Saturday professional development events for faculty at our member schools—whether teaching online, hybrid, or in-person. Recent topics have included virtual escape rooms, engaging students in the hybrid format, and building community in the second semester. Here are some of the resources from this collaboration:
- A crowd-sourced document of class boosters, energizers, and icebreakers.
- Our resources on teaching in a hybrid/hyflex environment.
Food for Thought
Some of my most interesting reads from the last few weeks:
Reflections on the Year
Teaching and Learning
On My Bedside Table
- Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
- East Lynne, Ellen Wood