Published on 5/21/2012 7:00:00 AM
Pittsburgh Brashear High School Social Studies Teacher Kashif Henderson graduated from the School of Education in 2010 and is now a working teacher who values the whole experience of the MAT program, which taught him to personalize lessons and make them engaging.
“The most helpful aspect was taking a lot of time in designing curriculum units to meet our students’ learning styles and objectives and making sure [curriculum design] is having an impact on outcomes,” he says.
Upon finishing his internship, Henderson noted that he not only felt ready to lead a classroom but also wanted to help other interns make the transition from student teacher to working teacher, which is why he made the decision last year to take a position at Pittsburgh Brashear as a teacher-leader. He also still connects with a network of School of Education students that was built during his time at Pitt. “I still stay in touch with others from my program on a regular basis about lectures and different lessons, and we discuss where we are in our careers.”
In addition, last year he participated in the inaugural Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching/Teachers conference in Arizona, at which more than 250 teachers from across the country discussed work they’re doing to improve student achievement. Henderson was happy to see that many of the discussions were on topics that Pitt already views as crucial ones: pedagogy, content knowledge, and student outcomes.
“I feel as though the School of Education was ahead of the national discussion when it came to requiring teachers to have a specialized degree in the content they are going to teach and focusing their teaching practices around multiple pedagogical strategies.”