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Earth & Space Science: Session 3

Keedar Whittle; Dorchester, MA

Keedar Whittle"Science is an ongoing process and as long as students can critically think and justify what they learn through theory and experiment, they can explain and accept the changes this process may bring.”


School at a Glance:
Epiphany School

  • Location: Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Enrollment: 60
  • Students per Teacher: 10
  • Ethnicity:
    37% African American
    24% Cape Verdean
    19% Latino
    6% Haitian
    5% Jamaican

Keedar Whittle is the science coordinator for three private schools in Dorchester, MA, all of which are tuition-free and intended for the children of low-income families in the Boston area. As science coordinator, Keedar is responsible for selecting and implementing new curricula, and for building and maintaining materials for the inquiry-based program in all the schools. In addition to his responsibilities as science coordinator, he teaches a 6th grade and an 8th grade science class at one of the three schools, the Epiphany School.

Keedar is a strong advocate of inquiry-based learning. To drive home this point, he purchased lab coats for the science teachers at his schools and for the students as well. Explains Keedar, “Science is an ongoing process and as long as students can critically think and justify what they learn through theory and experiment, they can explain and accept the changes this process may bring.”

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