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About Me
Welcome students and families! My name is Jacquelyn Belisle and 
this is my 7th year teaching at Edison High School! I currently teach 10th grade United States History and 9th - 12th grade AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination - College and Career elective course). I graduated from the University of Minnesota - Duluth Campus in 2007. My undergraduate degree is a BA in Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology. I obtained my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a K-12 Reading Endorsement at Concordia University in 2016. Outside of school, I love supporting my students by attending athetic games, plays, and talking about our goals, love of coffee, food, and fashion! I play in a women's volleyball league and am a huge fan of Edison's volleyball team! Go Tommies! 

AVID Course Description: The AVID elective course at Thomas Edison High School is designed to help students become college and career ready. The ultimate goal of AVID is to ensure that students develop the necessary skills and work habits to enable them to complete high quality work at the high school and college level. The AVID elective class provides students with academic support and organizational skills to improve student success in all subjects. These methodologies include: Writing as a tool for learning, the Inquiry method of instruction, Collaborative learning, Organization strategies, and Reading to learn strategies (WICOR). The AVID tutorial occurs twice a week and is run by the teacher and AVID trained college tutors. In the tutorial, specific concepts are addressed in small groups where students can receive the individualized assistance they need in subject areas of their own choosing, based on their other rigorous content courses. In a typical AVID week, two days are dedicated to the WICOR curriculum, two days are for tutorial, and one day is for motivation and team-building activities, guest speakers, and college field trips.

The AVID curriculum provides an opportunity for students to learn reading and writing skills that are essential for success. Students will build intellectual perseverance through activities that challenge them to develop a strong work ethic. Students will also be introduced to a variety of learning strategies that build on their metacognitive abilities and their intellectual curiosity. These strategies will encourage students to reflect on their own and other students' thinking. It is essential for students to develop academic literacy skills as it prepares them to become life long learners and helps them excel in their post-secondary aspirations.

United States History DescriptionThe study of United States History allows us to analyze the past and how it effects the present and the future. This course focuses on developing students understanding of American history from approximately pre-colonial period to the present. In this course, we will examine significant events, individuals, and developments. An emphasis is placed on addressing American diversity, identity, culture, demographic change, economic transformation, environment, globalization, politics and citizenship, reform, slavery, war, and diplomacy.

Students will examine primary and secondary texts, and analyze different perspectives of historical events and controversies. They will strengthen their critical thinking skills and communication skills through learning group activities, reflective essays, and research assignments. As an International Baccalaureate high school, this course will encourage students to be inquirers, thinkers, and reflective about historical topics. 

How to Contact Me
jacquelyn.belisle@mpls.k12.mn.us
AVID Teacher/U.S. History Teacher
612-668-1300 

document AVID Syllabus 2015-2016   --  Course Overview, Grading Policy, Class Expectations
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