Grade: 12th grade seniors in Phoenix Academy, Clover Park High School
Content Area: Humanities/Contemporary Studies

About This Project
Approximately fifty-five seniors in Phoenix Academy a small school located at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, explored social justice issues of interest on either a local or national level as part of their humanities class. Students worked individually and in small groups to research an issue and the factors that give rise to social injustice.

As their culminating project, the students created short digital films, which were shown at a Film Festival and Community Service Expo, planned and implemented by the students. The Expo promoted community awareness around the social justice issues the students researched. This popular event enabled the students to teach others about their social justice topic, as well as provide information about opportunities for individuals in the community to take social action.

Phoenix Academy is dedicated to supporting the needs of the greater community and as a result, all Phoenix students are required to perform a certain number of service-learning hours at a local non-profit agency as part of demonstrating that they have met the requirements of being a socially responsible citizen.

Teacher Profiles:

Angie Robles graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a focus in both American and Latin American studies. She pursued her teaching certification at St. Martin’s. Currently she is finishing her Master’s in Education at University of Washington Tacoma.

Angie is finishing her 5th year of teaching at Clover Park High School and her 2nd year in Phoenix Academy. Her teaching philosophy can be summed up in the words of Ghandi, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Angie and her teaching partner hold to the overarching belief as espoused by Evergreen that “students should enter to learn and depart to serve.” To that end, they embed service learning throughout their curriculum.

Frank Casey graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on Visual Arts and Cultural Studies. He continued at Evergreen to receive his Master’s degree in Teaching. 2008 sees the end of Frank’s first year as the Visual Arts/Contemporary World Problems teacher for Phoenix Academy and his second year as a teacher for Clover Park School District. Frank believes that a curriculum which focuses on social justice and service learning will create socially responsible citizens, and that a strong Arts curriculum will develop students’ abilities to think critically and creatively.

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