Jigsaw Partners with High School in New York City
Supervisors find part-time support in teaching curriculum.
In today’s environment of diminishing public funding for traditional higher education and strong demand for professional services in schools and colleges, educators often rely on multiple experts to offer their ideas for the latest curriculum topics and lesson plans.
But many ambitious educators want to use technology to take their instruction anywhere.
Take, for example, the case of a high school in New York that’s implementing a modernized program that’s changing the way students learn about athletics and honors programs. According to a recently published initiative announcement from New York City’s Department of Education, that high school intends to leverage Jigsaw, a long-running industry-driven peer-to-peer platform for building educational websites.
The school will partner with Jigsaw to build a curated online collection of 10 football magazines. As teachers and teachers’ coaches connect through the platform, they can suggest features or content that might enhance the sections they’re working on, and their peers can vote and “like” the ideas they’re recommended.
According to Kelly Schmieder, Jigsaw’s program manager, the initiative is set to be the first “vertical resource” at a public high school. While the schools’ students eventually will be able to access the magazines, Schmieder says, teachers and coaches will first test the sites to see how useful they are.
“Some of the practices the school is doing are implementing,” Schmieder says. “The activity will show some of the learning that can happen with this content, so teachers can get feedback.”
Supervisors are the “leadership backbone” for the project, which features a primary team of 1.5 to 2-person teams. Those educators, Schmieder says, are becoming integral for Jigsaw’s students.
“The teachers are the leaders of the initiative and ultimately, the guides for the student learning,” Schmieder says. “We see the teacher as the hub for the teacher. This is how we’ve always been, but we’re able to leverage that concept in a way that’s really important for our schools and really meaningful.