Thomas Stanley
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Doing joint global projects from a distance

Started Jan 9 0 Replies

One of the hardest things to do is to take yourself to the global level. It's a risk that every classroom teacher needs to take, but because of time and content restraints are to "time strapped" to…Continue

Getting students involved in global issues

Started Jan 9 0 Replies

Here's an idea as you teach a unit, current events, etc...start by having the students take a look at global issues, choose an issue then form hypothesis of what they think is "the right answers,"…Continue

PBL Seminar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Stanley Nov 25, 2013. 4 Replies

If you are looking for ideas to incorporate PBL into your classroom join Tom Stanley and Rick Kazee on December 9th either at 9 am pst - 12 pm est or 1 pm pst-4 pm est for an introductory webinar on…Continue

Why districts need to adopt a year round program?

Started Jun 28, 2012 0 Replies

Why districts need to adopt a year round program? There is a great deal written about how much valuable education students lose during the summer.  Academic, social and physical skills mastered…Continue


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About Me
Current Position:
A retired teacher, now a consultant on using online and blended learning in the Global Classroom. The organizer of Project Based Learning programs and Global studies lessons for teachers.

Years of Teaching: 41 years

Teaching Background:
Clark County School District - Las Vegas, Nevada - 20 years
• Part-time - University of Nevada Las Vegas - 2 years
• College of Southern Nevada - current
District 11- Colorado Springs, Colorado - 7 years
District 27- Brighton, Colorado - 5 years
Portage, Wisconsin - 5 years
Greenville Michigan - 5 years
BA Ottawa University- History and Political Science
MEd UNLV – Curriculum and Instruction

Teaching and Developing Classes
Virtual High School - 1999-2007
I was an instrumental part of the team that created the Clark County School District’s Virtual High School. I served as an Instructional designer and teacher, helped organize and develop the virtual high school teacher training, classes, class content, philosophy, and program. These classes included video and online classes and were created to be highly interactive online and video programs.

Online Classes
US Government, World History, Crime and Justice
Introduction to Project-based Learning

Professional Development - courses developed and taught
Philosophy of Online Learning
Best Practices - Creating an Inquiry and Project-based classroom environment
Using WebCT
Facilitating Online Learning
Using Centra - Administrative and Leader Tools

Web Development Tools
Use Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Captivate
Microsoft Office products, PowerPoint, MovieWorks, PhotoStory 3
Camtasia, Dubit, Audacity, MovieMaker, Adobe

Professional Conferences
• Centra Summits – 1999-2006: Speaker – Using Synchronous tools in online learning, Organizing Training for Centra users, Best Practices of using Centra
• National School Board Conference – 2002: Virtual High Schools Online Learning Environment
• Hawaii International Conference – 2005: Creating a Blended Learning Environment
• Virtual Schools Symposium – 2004-06: 2010-11 Speaker – Using International Resources for online learning, Creating an Interactive online Environment
Speaker - Creating a new online progam

Professional Organizations and Activities
• Nevada Online Consortium (Founder)
• North American Council for Online Learning
• Clark County Teachers Union Delegate/Rep
• Using Technology to Enhance Social Studies Education Committee (Chairman)
• Students Environmental Education in the Desert
• I-Safe Committee
• Department Coordinator Law Magnet Program

Special Projects: Directed and continue to lead the following projects:
Global Studies Projects:
Environmental Studies –
Ocean Acidification – Global online conference with schools and scientists from around the world
Environmental Issues Project – Video conference with the US State Department’s Oceans and Environment Director; Live online sessions from the Forever Earth Boat (Lake Mead), Project Wet, and UNLV; included schools from Canada, US, Australia, Virginia, Clark County Refugee Project, and the US State Department
European Union Project – Project-Based Learning activity with video conferencing with diplomats for the EU
Walker Lake Project – Project-Based learning activity where students recommended solutions to leadership groups trying to save Walker Lake

Yucca Mountain Project – Yucca Mountain leadership, Scientists, and worked closely with schools in Arizona that live by a Nuclear power plant.

UNLV-AP Video Conferencing Project – Professors came online to discuss key political topics with AP students

Fly on the Wall Project – Created and Hosted a TV Show from UNLV that discussed key current topics

Video conferencing programs initiated and run:
Center for Disease Control in Atlanta
Interview with Senator Harry Reid
Set up district-wide video conferencing programs with regions and district leadership
Global Nomads Leadership Group

Thomas Stanley's Blog

Engaging Students in the Social Studies Classroom.

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 3:21pm 0 Comments

One of the greatest activities of a teacher’s life is to see students engaged in the subject matter. Watching your students focus on the key concepts of social studies and having to use the facts to justify their ideas is just an amazing experience. Recently, one of my former students thanked me for getting him turned on to learning social studies, I told him my job is to light the fire, yours is to make it happen. By the way he has, a state senator, U.S. Ambassador, and more. That…


Developing a critical thinking mentality – using the controversy of key decisions.

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 3:19pm 0 Comments

      Have you ever asked your kids or grandkids the question, “How was school today?” There answer is almost always, “BORING!” Here’s an idea that just might change that answer. A lot has been written recently about the importance of getting your students to do critical thinking. Whether you are reading TeachThought, Edutopia, or We are Teachers it all calls for students to take the next step in learning. The goal of this article is to help teachers understand the process of critical…


Making Current Events a Critical Thinking Activity

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 7:24am 0 Comments

Making Current Events a Critical Thinking Activity


We have all done it as social studies teachers on Fridays’ in a current events article….a” bring newspaper article or magazine article about our town, state, national or international events. Be sure to read it over and then discuss it with the class or in a small group. It was a dry assignment and the kids did not like it or really learn from it. So how do you change this to make it  a fun experience. Over the last few years…


Five Points of the Star--a complete guide to online and blended learning.

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 7:21am 0 Comments

     Both the online and the face-to-face classroom need to be places where students experience a wide range of learning. A process called the 5 Points of the Star was created to do just this. While I was helping to build the Clark County School District's Virtual High School and working extensively in the blended learning classroom, I believed that students needed a wide range of learning as a part of an online experience. Because of the new developments in educational technology it is an…


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