Real World Teaching & Learning at CHDS (Oct2017 Hill Rag)

Real World Teaching & Learning at CHDS (Oct2017 Hill Rag)
Debby Anker

Interconnected, real world teaching & learning at CHDS

Capitol Hill Day School families had perfect weather for the annual Back to School Picnic. Parents, kids, and teachers enjoyed music by the Capitol Hillbillies, Santa Rosa Taqueria tacos, ice cream, cotton candy, games, inflatable climbing structures, and face painting.

The CHDS community continues its 20+ year tradition of providing "Wednesday extra lunches" and groceries to a neighborhood food distribution center. The only supplier, CHDS families deliver about 2000 extra lunches and 100 bags of groceries every year.

Capitol Hill Day School continues to weave social justice into its prek-8th grade curriculum, with ongoing collaborations among English, History, Science, Math, Art, and Language teachers, making student learning more purposeful, connected, and authentic.

Middle School English and History teachers Sara Driscoll and Katherine Bryant are co-teaching 6th grade Humanities. Each Humanities unit focuses on a theme โ€“ e.g., community values, justice, and activism/advocacy โ€“ and examines that theme through multiple modern-day, literary, and historical case studies. Students engage with experts, conduct fieldwork throughout DC, and work towards solving a community issue based on their learning. Students drive their own learning, from determining the unit's guiding questions to developing a project plan. Last year's projects included an election-related community event, writing a children's book for early childhood students, and conducting a social justice expo at which students presented their individual research.

Learn more about Capitol Hill Day School at, attend a small group tour, or come to the October 20 open house (

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