Sven Holch is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education.
Professional Title: Adjunct Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Social studies, U.S. history, maritime history, multicultural education
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Elementary education
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: EEDUC 6111 - Constructing the Equitable Classroom; EEDUC 6128 - Dimensions of Equity; EEDUC 5136 - Teaching Social Studies
Education: BA, Connecticut College; MEd, Lesley University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
Massachusetts 2012 Secretary's Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education was presented to Sven Holch and Dr. Henry Oettinger of the Brookwood School last year. They were honored for their years of efforts in facilitating a Coastal Stewardship Program in which their 5th Graders collect data in partnership with Salem Sound Coastwatch. The data collection is also in collaboration with Deep Creek Middle School of Eleuthra, Bahamas. To read more and see the students in action (page 30), or watch the Vimeo video. 2012-2014 Amory Parker Chair, Brookwood School named Sven Holch and Rich Lehrer recipients. They are honored with this award and tasked with promoting faculty professional growth. Holch and Lehrer have focused primarily on project-based learning and engaged their faculty in a number of innovative workshops including an inaugural Faculty/Staff Design Challenge. Additionally, the two are traveling to Rwanda and Uganda in the summer of 2013 to deepen their ties with the FAWE Girl's School in Rwanda as well as continuing the school's work on the Global Efficient Cookstove Education project with the Kasiisi School in Uganda. 2012 Rubik's Cube School Ambassador Award received by Sven Holch for his efforts in coordinating the 2nd Annual 'You Can Do the Cube' New England Rubik's Cube Challenge. Holch has brought the Rubik's Cube program to the 5th grade math curriculum and brought an award winning team to the 1st Annual New England Rubik's Cube Challenge at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA in 2011. The next year, he was integral in hosting the tournament at Brookwood School, where the newly expanded Lower Level elementary team placed 4th in the country! The original Upper Level came in 2nd place shattering their time record from the year before!2012 Northeast Regional Conference on Social Studies, “Connecting Students to Their Past.” Presented by Sven Holch, Brookwood School, Manchester, MA; Nancy Hayward, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens; Sandra Trenholm, Curator and Collection Director, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History exploring the documents from the collections of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. “Appleseeds,” A Cobblestone Publication Advisory Board Member: Sven Holch Social Studies Department Coordinator, Brookwood School, Manchester, MA.Massachusetts Historical Society Swensrud Fellow researching primary resources in the collections of MHS. Sven Holch's summer fellowship resulted in the multidisciplinary, thematic-based curriculum, "The Power of Words: 18th Century Broadsides" targeting 3rd-5th Graders in Massachusetts. More information about the curriculum and fellowships.
Sven Holch is the social studies department coordinator and 5th grade teacher at the Brookwood School, a PK-8 independent school. He says, "It has been a privilege to apply so much of my training from Lesley University directly to my own teaching. My own graduate school experience, both on the Lesley campus and in the Audubon Expedition Institute's program, was integral to opening up the world of possibilities for my teaching and my students. To then have the chance to give back to Lesley as an adjunct instructor has been my joy and continues to make an impact on my teaching today."
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