Teacher Spotlight: Josh Mattingly

An SCH shout-out to Josh Mattingly, a member of the Upper School history department, who was accepted into the first professional cohort organized by Learning for Justice. As a participant in the inaugural cohort, called “Teaching Hard History,” Mattingly, along with fellow teachers from around the country, will be tasked with creating resources and innovative pedagogy for anyone who is teaching difficult subjects such as slavery, racism, or systemic oppression. Collectively they will design lessons to build students’ civic engagement and critical thinking, and deepen their mindsets around inclusion and empathy. The program will culminate with a public showcase of the cohort's work on May 4. In this showcase, the cohort will share its products with other teachers nationally as well as administrators and diversity practitioners. 

Josh was one of 20 selected out of 400 teachers who applied. Mattingly says, “I owe it to my students to be the best teacher that I can possibly be. This cohort is an opportunity to work with some of the best teachers in the country to push our craft.”

Note: Learning for Justice, formerly “Teaching Tolerance,” seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people.

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