Teacher Institute Q & A: David Kaufmann


David KaufmannWhat did you expect going into the Teacher Institute? How did your experience compare with your expectations?

With my background in coding, I expected to be doing a decent amount of work with CodeSnaps (which I did), but my summer was so much more than that. Attending an EdCamp for the first time with my cohort and working with the Gather IQ team at SAS were a couple of experiences that really made it a unique summer.

What skills did you acquire during your summer with Curriculum Pathways?

I’ve never been a frequent user of social media, but the Teacher Institute really exposed me to all the benefits it has for teachers! Whether you use it for networking, sharing ideas, or even professional development, there is something for everyone!

How has the Teacher Institute impacted your classroom/teaching?

I hadn’t given much thought to computational thinking prior to the Teacher Institute, but it has been a real game-changer with my students. While it is still a work in progress, my students are beginning to see value in its process for solving problems in all content areas.

What makes a good candidate for the 2019 Teacher Institute?

Someone who isn’t afraid to be innovative and improve on what is already in place. The Curriculum Pathways team is looking for people to come in and make what is already good better!

Tell us a funny or memorable moment.

Shortly after we arrived, the Curriculum Pathways team was getting ready to release Crio. It was exciting to see everything going on behind the scenes that most teachers don’t even think about before new products and resources are released to the public.

And did I mention that the cafeterias at SAS are phenomenal? I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds while I was there, but it was so worth it.

How did you feel on your first day? Your last?

On the first day I was so excited to meet my fellow teachers and the Curriculum Pathways team, but was a little overwhelmed seeing everything we were going to do in eight short weeks! On the last day I was encouraged to see all the work our cohort had done and the relationships that we formed along the way.

Sum up the Teacher Institute in one word.


Want to join the 2019 Curriculum Pathways Teacher Institute? Applications are now open! 


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Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore coordinates and conducts professional development for Curriculum Pathways. He works with schools and organizations around the country and has presented at conferences for organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A former army officer and social studies teacher, he spent 10 years on the Curriculum Pathways humanities team creating new digital curriculum products.

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  1. Theresa Congelosi on

    Great post. Sounds like you learned some great strategies and info using Curriculum Pathways and the Crio portion. I like Crio as it is well organized and easy to use.

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