Joshua H. Block

Email: joshua@mrjblock.com

Twitter: @jhblock

Joshua Block teaches students English and History at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. His work with students integrates inquiry, project-based learning, technology integration, creativity, and creation. He teaches teachers and consults with educators and schools in multiple contexts. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, has won multiple teaching awards, and writes about education.

Experience:

Science Leadership AcademyPhiladelphia, PA: September 2006-present

Teach English and Social Studies to 10th and 12th grade students. Create interdisciplinary project based curriculum in a 21st Century learning environment that emphasizes inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection. Coordinator of school-wide personal learning communities. Co-coordinator of Student Assistant Teacher Program and mentor to younger teachers and student teachers. Sponsor of GSA club and organizer of school participation in city-wide Art in the Open festival. Collaborator with multiple outside organizations.

Edutopia, Edutopia.org: September 2013-present

Education blogger with a focus on inquiry, project-based learning and teacher leadership.
Full archive of posts can be found here.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: January 2015-present

Adjunct instructor at the Graduate School of Education. Design and teach Social Studies methods course in the Penn Residency Masters in Teaching program.

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA: July 2013

Adjunct instructor at the School of Education. Designed and taught SLA/Drexel Summer Institute to a group of educators from around the country. Focused on inquiry, project-based learning, and technology integration.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, September 2006-2008

Guest instructor in the Graduate School of Education. Taught Teach for America Social Studies teachers with a focus on integrating writing and project based learning into classroom instruction.

Bodine High School, Philadelphia, PA, September 2004-June 2006

Taught 10th Grade English, IB English, American History and International Studies. Elected building representative to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

Awards and Honors (partial list):

Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, 2016

Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Adele Magner Memorial Award, Spring 2012, Spring 2014

PBS Teachers Innovation Award, Spring, 2010

National Board Certification in English Language ArtsSpring, 2009

Mentor teacher to first place winners in Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival Contest, 2008-2015

Education:

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, May, 2001

Masters of Science in Education.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, August, 1996

Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. Focus on Urban Anthropology. Minor in Modern Middle Eastern Studies.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, August, 1994-July, 1995

Israel Studies Specialization: intensive language and cultural studies.

Presentations (partial list):

Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum, 2012, 2013

Ethnography in Education Forum, University of Pennsylvania, 2010, 2012, 2015

Educon, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, 2009-2015

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