The Rated-R School
I am starting an online school based on the idea of inclusive and honest learning. Although I teach alternative methods I am a state certified special ed teacher K-12. I spent the last two and a half years teaching high school aged teens an inclusive curriculum which featured content of the LGBTQIA community, people of color, and immigrant communities. I also ran an educational theater company called Project Arts that put on the musicals “Avenue Q” and “Rent” as educational projects and fit into the same content. All of this work had radical content, as defined in terms by mainstream education culture, but to me, it’s just including those that have been removed from history books. My goal is to teach classes that offer this content. I am starting with a class on an inclusive history of Musical Theater that focuses on the contributions of the LGBTQIA, POC, and others. I use the term Rated-R mostly tongue in cheek. What I am actually referring to is the concept of not watering down content to appease parent or religious groups. I will have classes for adults as well. My classes will be designed using a few systems such as Project Based Learning, Self-Directed Learning, and Art integration. These systems fit well with individualized learning and student directed approach in which teachers work more as coaches. I work with students to help develop a process that is of interest to them and utilizes the best ways they process information. The school will be inclusive of all students—addressing cultural, linguistic, and learning diversity that includes similarities and differences based on race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, exceptional learning needs, and other educationally and personally significant characteristics of learners. I will also be looking for teachers who have a class and wish to teach in this manner. Sponsored By Vintage Annals Archive.