Brandon Poole

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Brandon Poole

 

Hello! My name is Brandon Poole, and I am excited to be entering my third year at the Perry Career Academy as a Social Studies teacher. I will be in lab #230 this year. I have been an educator for 20 years. My early childhood years were spent growing up in Riverdale and I moved to Lovejoy in 3rd grade. I graduated from Lovejoy High School in 1998. From 1998-2002, I attended the University of Georgia where I earned my bachelors’ degree in Social Studies Education. I began my teaching career in 2002 at Riverdale High School. I taught Social Studies at Riverdale High from 2002-2006 while simultaneously earning a masters’ degree in Social Studies Education from Georgia State University. In 2006, I moved to Griffin High School where I taught from 2006-2019. During my years as an educator, I have taught World Geography, American Government, World History, United States History, Psychology, and Economics. I have experience working with students in the traditional and collaborative settings as well as with honors and advanced placement students. I look forward to working with all of the students, parents, and families at Perry this year!
-Mr. Brandon Poole
Email: brandon.poole@clayton.k12.ga.us
Cell: (770) 330-6546

                                               

 

Mr. Poole's Syllabus and Clayton County Schools Social Studies Department  Disclaimer

Instructor

Mr. Brandon Poole
(B.S.E.D. University of Georgia; M. Ed. Georgia State University)

Phone

Cell: (770) 330-6546

Email

brandon.poole@clayton.k12.ga.us

Course Description

The Perry Career Academy offers an innovative approach to Social Studies curricula through the ability to achieve high school credit by completing lessons through Edgenuity.

Topics:

The following Social Studies courses are
all required to graduate:

I: American Government/Civics

II. World History

III. American/U.S. History

IV. Economics

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will analyze, research, and explore the above mentioned classes with at least 70% accuracy.

Assignments:

Assignments will include lessons, quizzes, and unit tests assigned through Edgenuity.
Students will also receive a participation grade worth 10%
of their overall grade based on attending Live Lesson
Content Labs as scheduled by the teacher.

Required Student Materials:

Internet access, materials for note taking, as well as anything else that the student may find useful for learning.

Work Ethic/Conduct Expectations:

  1. Students must check their Edgenuity Messages, CCPS email, and Google Classroom daily!
  2. Sign In/Out Monday-Friday for attendance.
  3. Cell phones may be used in the lab for listening to music, but they may not be used for research, social media, etc.
  4. Earphones must be kept at a low volume.
  5. Maintain a quiet working environment.
  6. Respect the cleanliness of the computer lab, and show respect towards yourself and others.
  7. Students must wear their ID badges while on campus.
  8. Adhere to the Clayton County Schools dress code policy.
  9. Stay on Task in Edgenuity while in the computer lab.
  10. Students may only use one computer at a time while in the computer lab.
  11. Students must log a minimum of 3 hours per day/15 hours per week in Edgenuity to be considered present (unless the student is on track to graduate and is passing all classes). Students will report to the PCA or satellite locations in person as required to be considered present.
  12. Always sign out when done working on a lab computer.
  13. When leaving the computer lab, always get a pass.
  14. Show academic integrity at all times.

See the Perry Orientation Brochure for more information.

Instructional Support Opportunities:

-Students will have free access to on-line tutoring via fevtutor.com.

Email: PCA@fevtutor.com or call 
(855) 763-2607
to schedule a tutoring session.

-Parent-teacher conferences may be scheduled as needed.

-Perry teachers are also available for assistance as well.




Clayton County Public Schools
From the Department of Social Studies
                      

Superintendent of Schools

MORCEASE BEASLEY

Department of Social Studies        

      REGINA WALLACE

   Coordinator, K-12 Social Studies


2021-2022 School Year

Clayton County Public Schools is not responsible for the views expressed in the documents used in the Social

Studies curriculum that are not created by the District, including but not limited to, the documents used in the Document Based Questions (DBQ) program, the images used in the Unit Preview Day materials, and the sources used to respond to the compelling questions throughout the curriculum.  The Taking Informed Action tasks are no longer apart of the curriculum but can still be used for extracurricular activities. According to the historical thinking skills developed by the National Center for History in the Schools, students must understand multiple perspectives, which means learning about historical events and people that have diverse views.  In order to teach students how to “think like
a historian,” we must expose our students to historical documents with viewpoints that are different from their own viewpoints and even our own viewpoints.  The teacher must provide a historical context that allows students to think critically about multiple perspectives and help them understand the historical setting of each document.  The Social Studies Georgia Milestones assesses all of the aforementioned skills,
and we must do our due diligence to prepare students to be successful by exposing them to the DBQ process, compelling questions, and high impact strategies for teaching Social Studies.

 

Civic and civil discourse is one of those high impact practices supported by our district as well as the Georgia Department of Education. 
When analyzing documents and answering essential questions, students and teachers often engage in conversations about controversial issues.  Clayton County Public Schools is not responsible for the personal opinions held by individual teachers.  Nevertheless, the Department of Social Studies provides teachers with guidance on how to engage in those conversations while being sensitive to all communities. 
While discourse and debate are highly encouraged, the Department of Social Studies also encourages teachers to allow students to seek their own truth instead of teachers imparting their own beliefs onto students.       

 

America’s history, as well as the world’s history, is full of controversial events that are difficult to understand and that evoke a variety of emotions among adults and children, especially in today’s climate.  Those events will continue to show up in our state standards.  Also, our curriculum would not be complete without making connections between the past and the present, discussing current events, and making it relevant for our students now.   When doing so, it is our job as social studies educators, among other things, to 1) provide students the opportunity to learn about history and current events using the content standards, 2) afford students the opportunity to learn about multiple perspectives, 3) teach students to critically think about how historical trends manifest into current events and systems, and 4) to support students in the learning process as they determine the beliefs and ideals they will adhere to for their lives.

 

Clayton County Public Schools acknowledge parents’ rights to not have their children engage in learning about certain topics, and the teachers in collaboration with the principal and parents may provide appropriate standards-based alternative assignments for those students.  

 

Regina Wallace

Academic Coordinator of K-12 Social

Studies Clayton County Public Schools

Regina.Wallace@clayton.k12.ga.us  

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