About Whitney Kaulbach

I teach High school and middle school students World History, AP World History, Reading Instruction, and Literacy Specialist.

Emergency Preparedness Distance Learning

I was sitting in my apartment in the Dominican Republic for the third "hurricane day" in a row. School was still closed and we faced a full week of closure. Working to establish a distance learning culture our school sent a broadcast to parents and teachers; an expectation for students to utilize the online platform [...]

Educational Renaissance: Veteran Teachers Vest in Change

For the first time in years, I'm experiencing the excitement that new teachers can relate to. I'm "nerve-cited," a term my daughter coined for our move to teach in the Dominican Republic after 20 years in one public school in northern Vermont. To shake my foundations, to ignite possibilities for change and to immerse in [...]

Breaking out of the Norm with Breakout Edu

It has been a long time since I started my high school class with this opening, “Today I’m going to tell you a story… and only you have the power to save the world...” My gaming team of devoted educators advised me to take a plunge into an all-out game experience with Breakout EDU.  While [...]

Mini Thought Bubble on Performance Assessments

I recently returned from the Deeper Learning conference for educators in California with my mind imploding from an abundance of ideas.  The three-day conference hosted at High Tech High in San Diego presented a broad exploration of equity framed in student experiences that shape education today and tomorrow. Usually, my conference euphoria ends up like a dusty book on [...]

The Sensibilities of Mind Mapping

I was in attendance at a social studies department meeting reviewing how current curricula addresses Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGR). A disagreement occurred over the requirement of mental mapping as a performance indicator.  Teachers accustomed to multiple choice and essay writing for common assessment could not discern what constituted a mental map. The recall of Venn diagrams, illustrated maps with inset boxes and character [...]