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Sex and Health Education (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Sexual health and healthy relationships is something all people, especially young people deserve. In this class I will do my best to be inclusive of a wide variety of genders, sexualities, experiences, and perspectives and focus on the real world and real life experiences.

Relationships and sexuality is a life long journey of learning about ourselves. Here in this class, I want to create a space where you can learn relevant information about sexual and relational health. Talking about sex and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.  It can also be enlightening, informative and exciting!

I will be utilizing two different curriculum sources. One will be Be Real. Be Ready. is SFUSD’s (San Francisco Unified School District) comprehensive relationship and sexuality curriculum for high school students. And S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna as well as various educational media pieces and articles as they relate to the topics.

This will be a YEAR LONG CLASS.

Protest Writing (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Act with courage; make a case that a principle trumps a rule.

What is protest writing? In this class, we will examine writing as, about, and against protest. I am interested in how we define protest writing — what is its purpose? For whom is it written? Is writing a protest tactic? How do different kinds of writing spur or dismantle protest?

Our scope will be mostly within the United States, specifically protest in Seattle. Students will practice their own protest writing, focusing on personal causes they care about.

Required texts/materials: A notebook. We will read at least one book all together which we will get for you.

Constitutional Law (Nic)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Is it against the law to pray in a public school? Can Congress regulate the Internet? Are police allowed to stop you on the street and ask you to empty your pockets? Can a college consider your ethnicity when deciding whether or not to admit you? Is Trump really allowed to do that thing he just did? These are all questions of constitutional law.

This year, I will be teaching a year-long class in basic constitutional law. We will focus on landmark cases that have defined the modern legal understanding of civil liberties and government power in America. Students in the course will argue cases, read actual Supreme Court decisions, and sharpen their critical reasoning skills. We will also follow cases that are being argued in the current Court, and learn more about the justices and the politics behind decisions.

I love this stuff.

Fall term will focus largely on the First Amendment to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

World History (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

World History is a subject that explores the key events and global historical developments since the 1500s that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The class will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. We will also analyze people groups and important people that have not been mentioned in history.

We will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally, and use technology appropriately to present information.

Required texts/materials: I will provide the text. You will need a pdf reader/editor to be able to access the textbook. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC  (free)    -       https://get.adobe.com/reader/ The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

HS Environmental Science of the Pacific Northwest (Hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Ever wonder about the formation of volcanos? How redwoods survive forest fires? What is an “atmospheric river?”

We live in one of the most rich, rainy ecosystems in the world. Every element of this glorious biome is interconnected — from cedar to salmonberry, from the summits to the Sound. If you want to learn about the environment all around you, and your place within it, take this class!

We will ask questions, do research, conduct experiments, and go outside in order to learn about the biodiversity, climate, systems and cycles, flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. We will look learn through a lens of sustainability.

American Trans History (elizabeth)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

In this class we will be exploring queer/trans histories, stories, voices and experiences in the U.S. Historically, queer history, movements and people have been pushed to the side or completely erased from history. This history and these stories will take us from the 1930’s to the early 2000’s.

We will be reading Transgender History by Susan Stryker and watching key pieces of media to supplement and further inform the history. This book covers American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today.

Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-’70s to 1990—the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the ’90s and ’00s.

This class will be both synchronous and asynchronous. There will be a mix of discussion, reflection, and projects.

High school only.