Michael Lovorn - Projects

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Michael Lovorn

Michael Lovorn

University of Pittsburgh
5109 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-7229
Email: mlovorn@pitt.edu

Projects

  • Pittsburgh Area Social Studies Partnership of Responsive Teaching (PASSPORT)

    2016 - 2019

    Pittsburgh Area Social Studies Partnership of Responsive Teaching (PASSPORT) – In fall 2015, I began developing a cohort-based placement experience for social studies MAT interns. PASSPORT participants will be placed in intern cohorts at Pittsburgh CAPA, Taylor-Allderdice High School, Arsenal Middle School, West Allegheny High or Middle Schools, or Mt. Lebanon High or Middle Schools. The program began in fall 2016. I have also written a related teacher development grant proposal to the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation.

  • European Studies Center Advanced Program in Education (ESCAPE)

    2015 - 2019

    European Studies Center Advanced Program in Education (ESCAPE) – During the 2015/2016 academic year, I collaborated with Kathy Ayers in the European Studies Center and Rick Donato in the Department of Instruction and Learning to develop this innovative program to pair undergraduate history majors with graduate level social studies students in public school internships. This growing program placed its first student team at Mt. Lebanon High School in spring 2016, and subsequently placed students at Riverview High School and Pittsburgh CAPA in fall 2017.

  • CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: Comparative Civil Rights Education Course

    2016 - Jun 2018
    Overseas education experiences are an initiative of the Department of Instruction and Learning. Working with the Pitt Study Abroad Office and History Department faculty John Stoner, I developed a Comparative & Global Perspectives on Education (IL 2277) course in 2015 and am teaching it in summer 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Teaching Russian and Eastern European Studies (TREES)

    2016 - 2018

    Teaching Russian and Eastern European Studies (TREES) – During the summer of 2016, I collaborated with Gina Peirce and Dawn Seckler in the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies to develop this innovative program to pair undergraduate history majors with graduate level social studies students in public school internships. The program placed its first student team at Riverview High School in fall 2017.

  • Program & Course Development

    2014 - 2018

    Since 2014, I have been engaged in course development for the new Online M.Ed. in Social Studies Program, and the Undergraduate Minor in Education Program. I during this time, I have developed each of the following courses:

    International Studies in Secondary Education (Course number to be determined) – I am currently developing this course for the Minor in Education Program, and hope to teach it in spring 2017.

    Historical Thinking and Historiography (Course number to be determined) – I am currently developing this course for the Online Social Studies Master's in Education Program, and hope to teach it in spring 2017.

    Issues in History and Social Studies Education (IL 2265) – I developed this course for the Online Social Studies Master's in Education Program, and will teach it for the first time in summer 2016.

    Comparative & Global Perspectives on Education (IL 2277) – I developed this course in spring 2015 and will teach it in summer 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Introduction to Social Studies Education (IL 1260) – I developed this course for the Minor in Education Program in summer 2015, and will teach it in spring 2017.

    Advanced Social Studies Methods (IL 2710) – I developed this course for the Online Social Studies Master's in Education Program, and taught it in spring 2016.

    Current Issues in Secondary Education (IL 1704) – I developed this course for the Minor in Education Program in summer 2014, and I teach it each spring.

  • Annual University of Pittsburgh Historiography Fair

    Dec 2013 - Dec 2016

    I am the developer and coordinator of the Annual Historiography Fair, hosted by the DIL Social Studies Education Program. The event takes place each December on the University of Pittsburgh campus. I welcome students and faculty from across the School of Education and the History Department to attend and observe poster presentations summarizing various historiographical analysis projects completed by our MAT and MOSAIC students. In a context of social studies education, “historiography” may be defined as a study of how history is remembered, recorded, commemorated, and presented. Practice in historiographical analysis develops disciplinary literacy skills by empowering middle and high school students to recognize perspective, evaluate sources, and make informed arguments about historical narrative. This project takes students out of the classroom, encourages them to observe local and regional history, and connected that history to their daily lives. This semester-long project engaged MAT and MOSAIC social studies teacher candidates in the research and historiographical analysis of local historical commemorations (monuments, landmarks, roadside markers, etc.). Each teacher candidate’s poster presentation reveals interesting and historically significant details about the overt and covert agenda, point of view, accuracy, and completeness of her/his selected commemoration, and should culminate in a statement of advocacy relating to its educative value or “take-home” message. The intent of this project is to prepare and encourage social studies teacher candidates to engage their students in similar projects in their classrooms in coming years.