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Teaching With Documents a guide to document-based instruction. Winner of Philadelphia Inquirer's "10 Best Educational Sites" Recommended by DistrictAdministration Magazine's Dr. Hotlist

Read > Think > Write > Publish The power of publishing enables students to think like writers, to apply their learning strategies and to organize and express their learning.

Small Learning Communities that Work I'm proud to have been part of the creation of two small learning communities - the Ninth Grade Academy and the Summer Prep School. In each case we first, assembled a team of educators to forge a common vision of teaching and learning. Then schools were organized to accomplish this vision.

Content Reading Strategies that Work  Literacy strategies for academic success. Boost student achievement with rigor, relevance and reading.

Designs for Rigor and Relevance - master rigor and relevance in your social studies classroom - lessons, activities, assessments and standards. 

Technology Connections That Work  forge students, teachers, administrators, and parents into effective educational partners. Using student and audience response systems.

Web Design for Teachers learn how to design educational websites -includes everything you need to extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom.

Report Cards, Surveys and Inventories these report cards, surveys and inventories that I developed will help you to establish priority areas, identify specific benchmarks, and engage parents. 

 ARCHIVED SITES The projects are inactive but the sites live on ...

Sociology a good model of how you can use a website to support classroom instruction. Makes use of a variety of on-line resources. 

Curriculum Mapping for Rigor and Relevance learn how to design rigor and relevance into your classroom, program or school.

Social Studies Standards I'm a former K-12 social studies coordinator  - see how you can use the web to communicate with students, faculty, administrators and parents.

Professional Development That Works Strategies, Solutions and Innovations for Technology Leaders.

Palm for Educators software

, how-to tips and strategies for use of the Palm OS in the classroom.

Summer Prep School a program that I developed and directed for at-risk students exiting grades 5-8.

Making NCLB Work for You The philosophy and mandates of NCLB are the driving force for change in K-12 education. This site showcases federal and state grants and presents effective strategies, key questions, replicable projects and resources to assist districts in their grant planning process. Learn the NCLB language and how to make it speak for you.

Block Scheduling Transition how to teach in the block - instructional ideas, activities, student and teacher interviews on block scheduling.

School-Business Project a site I designed to support the Monroe County School - Business Partnership.

Grading Policy Survey an online survey to gather information from school across the country.

International Youth Twinning a site used to partner a Canadian and American high school

Arts At The Gardens Fine Arts / Fine Crafts Show at the Sonnenberg Victorian Mansion and Gardens - Canandaigua NY


Abraham Rothberg has had a distinguished career as a journalist, university professor and author of seven published novels, two books of history, a collection of short stories, two children's books, and a volume of literary criticism. He's also a dear friend and mentor. Enjoy his work.

Itinerant Artist Project  a portfolio and showcase for artist Jim Mott who traveled across the US, exchanging artwork for hospitality. 

Michael "Lucky" Voiselle is a gifted science teacher, inspiring consultant and close friend. Enjoy his website.



Timeline Peter is proud to serve as a consultant to Timeline, a series of graphic novels that combine exciting fiction, fascinating historical facts and lavish illustrations. Designed for struggling readers in grades 7-10.

Great Debates in American History units feature the conflicting viewpoints of two or more historical figures or organizations and a worksheet that helps students analyze the debate through a series of comprehension and critical thinking questions. 

Civic Decision Making  each activity defines an issue, gives background information, and summarizes arguments for and against a particular solution to a problem.

Invaders Came From the North  the story of the 1687 French raid on upstate New York 

What did Europeans see when they looked at the New World and the Native Americans? A document-based activity examines European views of Native American and the New World in the Age of Exploration. Includes worksheets, images and text documents differentiated at two reading levels

Work, Culture and Society in Industrial America  Document-based questions that explore the new opportunities and social problems of the industrial era

Homefront America in WW II  Improve content reading comprehension with an engaging array of source documents framed around essential questions that link the past and present.

Mock Trials for the Classroom Mock trials embody critical thinking in the classroom. Over the years I wrote a number of cases which proved to be effective tools for improving student analytic skills. 


Surveys and Inventories Technology Use, Parent  Involvement, Curriculum Management and more  

Summer Prep School: Academic Intervention That Works  an innovative summer program for middle school at-risk learners

Take a Skills Snapshot a design for online self assessments to guide student learning

Teaching with Documents  Detail the development of resources for document- based instruction.

Building K- 12 Teams, Building District Standards  designing a standards based program


Design Your Web Site from Bottom Up  a straightforward guide to developing your site architecture. Learn to quickly build great sites. 

FrontPage 2000 QuickGuide learn to use this easy web authoring software -over 40 full color screen shots show you the fast way to build your site

Making The Internet Connection  a non-technical guide to educational web design, policy, and staff development 


History, government, economics, civics, geography, inquiry and more ...
Media Content Analysis Voter Analysis  
Economic Decision Making   Community Action
Cultural Time Capsule Survey Project
Gerrymander Exercise Best City Project
Congress and the Lobbyists World Bank Lesson
Civic Decision Making Decision Game
The Marbles Game  A Society Building Simulation - follow link to rules
Map of Europe - try your skills at European geography (you may want to download and run on your computer)
The Detective Game an exercise in effective group discussion and problem solving
Renaissance: An 6th Grade unit integrating social studies, math, science, music, art and foreign language

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