CRLS’s Dr. Weaver named Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year!

This past Saturday (May 9, 2009), at an honors luncheon for the State’s student winners of the Massachusetts History Day Contest, their parents, and their teachers, Robert Taylor, the Coordinator of The Massachusetts History Day Program,  announced that the 2009 Teacher of The Year is Cambridge Rindge and Latin’s own, Dr. Barbara Ann Weaver.

Dr. Weaver has coordinated the National History Day program at CRLS during her five years at Rindge. She is a very active member of the school community and a vocal advocate and active supporter of many initiatives and ideas that promote and maintain high expectations, academic rigor, and civic and human value for our students. She has a deep appreciation for the goals and objectives of the National History Day Program. She sees it as a powerful opportunity for students to develop and hone the essential research and writing skills of the historian, and of good students and citizens of their school, local community, state, and nation.

Over the years, she and her CRLS colleagues have incorporated NHD projects in their history course requirements and expectations for students. Dr. Weaver is a person whose sense of and commitment to social justice and equality is deep and genuine. She is a strong advocate for inclusive and supported participation by an increasingly diverse range of students in AP and honors level courses, and she backs up that belief with her vocal advocacy, time, and energy on behalf of her students. Dr. Weaver is the advisor for the History Club, an organization of enthusiastic CRLS students who love history and its application to their lives. The group, under dr. Weaver’s guidance, traveled to the nation’s capitol this past January for the inauguration of the 44th President of the U.S.; and they competed in the exhibit category in our local and regional NHD programs.

She wrote and received a $1000 grant from the Friends of CRLS to have her History Club students participate, this summer, in a Howard University archaeological research project involving an African American burial site in Washington, DC. She also advises Club 4, a student community service organization that prepares and distributes meals and other necessities to homeless people in need in the greater Cambridge-Boston community. Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Weaver, the 2009 Massachusetts History Day Teacher of the Year for her exemplary work on behalf of our students, and for her example of the great work Cambridge teachers do every day in our classrooms, and beyond.

For more information contact Wendell Bourne in the CPS History Office at wbourne@cpsd.us.

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