Khan Academy Connects with Teachers in NYC

There’s nothing we enjoy more than learning from the teachers who use Khan Academy to engage and inspire their students. So, as you can imagine, we were very excited to meet teachers from across the Northeast last Saturday at the Celeste Bartos Forum at The New York Public Library.

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With support from the Siegel Family Endowment and The New York Public Library, we were able to host a workshop, where educators interested in personalized learning took time out of their weekends to connect with other KA teachers and administrators, and learn how to make the most of the site. Some came from as far away as Boston and Baltimore!

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The goal of the workshop was to help each teacher discover how Khan Academy can meet the specific needs of his or her classroom. Teachers who were new to KA completed scavenger hunts to familiarize themselves with the site, while more experienced users chose topics like motivation and accountability to discuss in small groups. At the end of the day, all participants sketched out personalized plans for incorporating KA into their classrooms.

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In addition to meeting with KA staff - including content creators, designers, and developers - participants shared ideas with one another. One veteran KA teacher, Silvestre Arcos from KIPP Washington Heights Middle School (pictured above), described how he uses KA to differentiate instruction. Teachers also learned about the resources available at The New York Public Library, Khan Academy’s growing content in the humanities (including art history), and our Common Core coverage.

Many participants completed a feedback survey and the of the session, and 96% of them rated the workshop “helpful” or “extremely helpful.” “I felt as though a great deal of information was presented and time was given to process the information,” explained one teacher. “Very often at workshops you get so much information and never have time to think about it [and] as a result you become overwhelmed. Today I did not feel overwhelmed I felt inspired.”

Interested in getting a taste of a Khan Academy workshop? We’ve made all our workshop materials freely available so that teachers all around the world can explore them. Take a look, and let us know what you think!