Daniel Hale Williams Prep School of Medicine is the latest school to forge a substantial partnership (sealed in November) with Argument-Centered Education in school year 2016. In the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago’s south side, Williams Prep’s slogan is that it is “The Pipeline for the College Bound,” and its commitment to incorporating academic argument throughout its curriculum and instruction demonstrates that this far more than simply a label.
“We are committed at Williams to preparing our students for access not only to college, but to selective institutions,” according to Principal Jullanar Naselli. “Bringing on Argument-Centered Education to help us infuse academic argument across disciplines is helping us walk the talk. We’re excited by this partnership and what it’s bringing to our culture and classrooms.”
‘The Five Steps to Argumentalizing Instruction’ has been posterized and is now available for hanging in classrooms, school hallways, education offices, teachers’ workrooms, and wherever good pedagogy is valued and on display.
The poster distills our approach to argumentalizing curriculum and teaching implementation, across disciplines, into five basic moves, beginning with determining the debatable issue or problem and ending with applying argument-based assessment criteria consistently.
Leadership in Argument-Centered Education has worked with teachers and administrators on argumentalizing classroom instruction to raise rigor and college-directedness in a swath of states and localities, with Chicago being clearly the largest site. This school year, though, ACE has entered into its first contracted partnerships with schools in the largest school system in the nation.
Eighteen high school and middle school teachers from 11 schools across the city of Chicago took part in the Summer 2015 Argument-Centered Education Teachers College for two weeks in July. The Teachers College was held for four-hours daily and hosted by Bogan High School. Teachers received professional development credit, and some were paid by their schools for attending.