Master of Arts: School of Education: Curriculum & Instruction
New York University, 1995
New York, New York, US 10003 NYU Oxford Program in English Education, Oxford University, UK 1993-1995 Master of Arts: School of Education: English Education
Grove City College, 1985 Grove City, Pennsylvania, US 16127 Secondary Education Certification in English and Communications, 1985 Bachelor of Arts: Literature, Communication Arts
National Board Certified Teacher, National Board Professional Teaching Standards, US Pennsylvania: English, Communications (Instructional II, active) New York: English 7-12 (Provisional, expired)
July 2003 - Present Bethel Park High School English Language Arts Curriculum Facilitator Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102
August 1996 - Present Bethel Park High School Teacher of English and Communications Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102
Spring 1998 - Present Grove City College (annually) Guest Lecturer in English Education Grove City, Pennsylvania 16127
March 1999 - Present Allegheny Intermediate Unit In-Service Course Instructor Homestead, Pennsylvania
August 1991 - June 1996 Grove City High School Teacher of English and Communications Grove City, Pennsylvania 16127
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT
Member, Teacher Advisory Board. WQED Special Projects. Consult on Teacher Toolkit for Video Documentary on August Wilson, a WQED/American Masters Series production to air in February 2015.
COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS
Member, Interdisciplinary Team from Bethel Park High School in association with of Carnegie Museum of Art
Developing pre-visit and post-visit learning activities in art-making, writing, health study, humanities, chemistry, fashion and design in student response to the Carnegie International 2013.
Member, Teacher Advisory Board to School and Teacher Programs, Education Department, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, forCarnegie International 2013
Prepare educational approaches for school visits to the exhibition.
Consultant to School and Teacher Programs, Education Department, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, for Reinstallation of Permanent Collection in Scaife Gallery Prepare educational materials for students to explore and gain skills, knowledge, and appreciation from the art collection.
21st Century Learning Committee, Principle investigation and report writing,January 2010 - June 2011 Chairperson - Charles Youngs Leading a school district committee and examining contemporary models, paradigms, and pedagogies to meet the needs of educators and students in our age.
Fullbright-Hayes Group Project Abroad to Ghana, Africa, July 2009 Research and develop curricula on West African literature and culture.
Consultant to School and Teacher Programs, Education Department, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, for the Carnegie International 2008 Exhibition
This involves content, design, and development of educational programs for K-12 student audiences and teachers in conjunction with the Carnegie International exhibition to open in 2008. This project includes design and participation of blog forums for Life on Mars, the 55th Carnegie International, including consultation with Zero Gravity, a blog for teens responding to the exhibition, and teacher-classroom blogs related to school visits.
Art & Writing Weblog, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Prinicipals: Charles Youngs, Christen Palombo, Mary Culberston-Stark The purpose of this project is to pilot a weblog on art experiences over time with contemporary art on exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art from May 2007 until November 2008. The process and product of this project was used to develop a interscholastic weblog project for the 2008 Carnegie International Exhibition.
Effectiveness in Weblogs to Engage Reader-Response in the Secondary Classroom Principal Investigator: Nicole Roth, Duquesne University Participant Observers: Charles Youngs, Michael Bellini The purpose of this case study, undertaken from September 2006 to March 2007, was to observe and look for evidence of efficacy of blogging in high school students using weblog technology versus word-processing versus handwriting. Questions guiding the study: (1) Is there evidence in heightened engagement in dialogue among students and between students and teachers? (2) How does the use of weblogs influence student engagement in reading literary texts? (3) What affect does blogging have on students versus other ways of journaling? Results: The study, which concluded in a successful doctoral defense by Roth, indicated a higher proficiency in writing of students who journaled using blogging versus the control groups. Participant researchers presented at 2006 NCTE annual convention and propose to report results at the 2007 convention.
Process Drama in the Literary Classroom: Action, Theory, and Practice Principal Investigator and Participant Observer: Charles Youngs Independent Observer: Betsy Craig
The purpose of this study was to gain insight from experts (Cecily O’Neill, B.J. Wagner) in the field of process drama and put these in practice in a twelfth grade course. Process drama techniques were utilized in instructional units of four modern novels. Findings suggested that the methodology does facilitate effective learning in literary study. Publication: Youngs, Charles E. Process Drama in the Literary Classroom: Action, Theory, and Practice. Manuscript submitted to School of Education, New York University, New York, New York. Marilyn Sobelman, advisor. 1995.
Charlesyoungs.com Advanced Placement Blog. Forum at mryoungs.edublogs.com English 12 Honors Blog. Forum at e12h.edublogs.com Ceyo Wiki. Closed forum
Compiler of Bethel Park Stylebook: Grammar, Writing, Research. Pearson Custom Publishing. 2007. (919 pages)
Editor of Defined Mind Vocabulary Accelerator 1, 3/e. By Keith London. Defined Mind/Prentice-Hall. 2006. (288 pages)
"Haiku, Hiroshige, and Personal Chops." NCTE Idea Exchange. New York, New York: NCTE Convention, 2007. (2 pages)
"Mapping the Imagery of Shakespeare." NCTE Idea Exchange. Nashville, Tennessee: NCTE Convention , 2006. (2 pages)
“Weblogging in the Secondary Classroom.” NCTE Idea Exchange. Indianapolis, Indiana: NCTE Convention, 2004. (2 pages)
“If By Mine Art: If By Mine Art”: Teaching Shakespeare from the Inside Out with Process Drama.” Chapter in an edited book on process drama, It Was a Dramatizing Experience. Edited by Toby Emert, St. Agnes College, GA.
2015 National Council of Teachers of English
Presentation: "Seeing the Literary Light: Hacking Student Notebooks with Paper Circuitry and LEDs to Illuminate Texts and Student Thinking" with J. Travis
Roundtable Presentation: “Selecting Digital Tools for the Secondary English Classroom with Responsibility and Creativity in Mind”
2014 National Council of Teachers of English
Roundtable Presentation: Hill District News: Reading August Wilson’s Plays Against the Landscape of the Teenie Harris Archive & American Masters/WQED Documentary “The Ground On Which I Stand”
Turkish Coffee Night, 14 August 2013, Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA Lecture: "Drowned, Burnt, Drunk: Romantist Expression in the Poetry of Mevlana Rumi" examines literary connections between Mevlana Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī and American transcendentalists Emerson, Whitman, and Dickinson
Common Core: Reading, Bethel Park High School, Three PD sessions 2010-2013
Bethel Park, PA
2012 National Council of Teachers of English Convention Las Vegas, Nevada Session "The Paperless Research Paper" on techniques and advantages of how a high school English teacher uses word-processing in tandem with a wiki to have students compose, peer-edit, and submit (MLA- formatted) essays and research papers, as well as how he marks and returns them totally online.
Introduction to Common Core State Standards for Reading, including a look at key shifts and K-12 strands. In-service presentation to faculty of Bethel Park School District, English Language Arts and Reading Departments 5-12 on April 24, 2012.
Journey of Rumi Art Exhibition by Muyesser Demir, Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA
Remarks entitled "Rumi: Inspiration and Invitation," at art exhibition opening, May 11, 2011, comparing the inspiration the Rumi receives from God and the artist receives from Rumi, both invitations to the divine. With Prajna Paramita Parasher, Ph.D and the artist Muyesser Demir.
2010 National Council of Teachers of English Convention Orlando, Florida
This session featured MacbethBook Project, an mock online social network for Shakespeare’s” Scottish Play,” in which high school students’ exploration of dramatic personas is informed by their knowledge of online social networking. In this parody of sites like Facebook, Shakespeare’s theme of versions of reality (appearance versus reality) comes to the fore as students consider versions of self that a social network user puts online. They imagine what "versions" of characters are known among the dramatis personae of Macbeth.
2009 National Council of Teachers of English Convention Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Panel Presentation "Mini-Video Documentaries to Motivate Student Research on Shakespeare," in session: "Shakespeare in the 21st Century" with Diane M. Caracciolo and John Golden. Focusing on a variety of contemporary ways to engage students' study of the work of Shakespeare, from drama to digital media, to film study.
2009 National State Teacher of the Year Pennsylvania Teacher Forum Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Panel Presentation on Best Practices "Visual Thinking: The Art of Inquiry"
2009 Alpha Alpha State Chapter Convention Delta Kappa Gama State College, Pennsylvania "Stories Told Together," Lecture at General Board Meeting, 12 June 2009
2008 National Council of Teachers of English San Antonio, Texas Panel Presentation: "My Space or Yours: Shifting Perspectives at the Nexus of Art Museum, Student Writing, and the Web" with J. Crosby and B. Lenosky. Focusing on art museum tour experiences and student writing they inspire, the presenters will share observations, strategies, and speculations on how online blogs and podcasts are shifting student and teacher voices in aesthetic response as 21st century forums are integrated at the nexus of art museum, English classroom, and the Web.
Carnegie Museum of Art Educator's Workshop: "Exploring Life on Mars and on the Web: Student Blogs and Museum Visits," September 25, 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Museum of Art Workshop for West Liberty State College West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, July 3, 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Workshop Presentation: "Podcasting about 'Life on Mars'"
2007 National Council of Teachers of English New York, New York Roundtable Discussion: "My Experience Learning with Jimmy Britton and Nancy Martin in the NYU Oxford Study Abroad for English Education" with Table Leader P. Ressler; Chair J. Mayher;Topic Presenter M. Sobelman "Growth in English:The Legacy of Jimmy Britton, Geoffrey Summerfield, and Other British Educators"; as part of Session: "Milestones in CEE HistoryMILESTONES IN CEE HISTORY: THE LEGACY OF NYU" Reflections on the transactional approach to English education at NYU from faculty and alumni: past, present, and future.
Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference, Cranberry, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2008 Lecture Presentation: "Weblog Literacy: Empowering Students with Online Forums of Writing, Research, and Presentation" with N. Roth
Univeristy of Puerto Rico, Cayey and Ponce, Puerto Rico, October 25-26, 2007 Two-day Lecture Workshop: "Art Museums & Schools--Art, Text, and Media Collaborations: Ways of Seeing, Thinking, and Expressing Meaning from Art" ("Integración del Museo al Currículo Académico: Un Ejercicio Interdisciplinario - los Medios y la Web")
2007 Allegheny County-wide Professional Development Day, October 8, 2007 Pittsburgh, PA Workshop Presentation: "Teacher 2.0: Inspiring Learning with Blogs, Widgets, Podcasts, and Other Web 2.0 Applications" with N. Roth, M. Bellini, and C. Wilson
Carnegie Museum of Art Educator's Event: On a Grand Scale: Architecture Across the Curriculum, October 3, 2007, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Lecture and Workshop Presentation: "The Grand Tour of Blogging on the Web" with E. Perry
2006 Allegheny County-wide Professional Development Day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Workshop Presentation: “To Blog or Not to Blog: Models and Study of Asynchronous Online Literary Discussions in High School Classrooms and What the Research Suggests” with N. Roth and M. Bellini
2006 National Council of Teachers of English Nashville, Tennessee Panel Presentation: “To Blog or Not to Blog” : Models and Study of Asynchronous Online Literary Discussions in High School Classrooms and What the Research Suggests” with N. Roth and M. Bellini
2005 National Council of Teachers of English Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Panel Presentation: “In, Out, and In-Between the Art Museum and the English Classroom: Art and Literature as Common Ground for Inspiring Students to Hone Skills of Creative and Critical Response in Viewing, Writing, and Reading” with E. Buchler and L. Totty
2005 Allegheny Countywide Professional Development Day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Workshop presentation: “The Utopia of Process Drama in the Classroom”
2005 Michigan Drama Education Exchange Detroit, Michigan Workshop presentation: “‘Fore Score and Seven’: Addressing the Meaning of Lincoln at Gettysburg with Process Drama”
2004 National Council of Teachers of English Indianapolis, Indiana Workshop Presentation: “Making a Scene with Shakespeare: Using Process Drama to Explore Significance”
2004 Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Conference Chairperson: Keynote Speaker--Christine D. Warner Workshop Presentation: “Something from Nothing: An Introduction to Dramatic Structures for the Classroom with ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes”
2003 Ohio Drama Education Exchange Columbus, Ohio Workshop Presentation: “There Was a Ship!: Reconstructing Story Aboard the ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’”
2002 Michigan Drama Education Exchange Detroit, Michigan Workshop Presentation: “From Beans to Greens and Back Again: Using Process Drama with Kate and the Beanstalk (by Mary Pope Osborne)"
2001 Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Workshop Presentation: “The Problems We All Live With: Art, Photography & Drama on Desegregation in the 1960s”
2000 University of Pittsburgh Teacher Education Network Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Workshop Presentation: “Classroom Drama: Practice in Process with ‘Romeo & Juliet’”
1998 ACUWPET (Alliance of California University and Western Pennsylvania Council of Teacher of English) Conference California, Pennsylvania Workshop Presentation: “All the Classroom’s a Stage: Process Drama in Teaching Literature”
American Association of Theater Education -- Research Thesis Evaluation Judge 2004 Bethel Park School District -- English Evaluation Committee 2003-2004, Portfolio Committee 1998-1999 National State Teacher of the Year - PA Chapter -- Forum Speaker 2009, Regional Selection Chair 2011
National State Teacher of the Year - PA Chapter -- PA Apple Award Chair 2013-Present
Pennsylvania School Press Association, Executive Board Member 1991-1995, Advertising Contest Chairperson 1993, 1994, Contest Entry Judge 1991-1994
Queer Foundation Scholarship -- Essay Reader, 2008-Present
Carlow College, Duquesne University, Grove City College, Penn State University, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Westminster College-- Cooperating Teacher for Student-Teachers 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 University of Pittsburgh -- Teacher Education Network, Member, Presenter 2001
21st Century Learning Committee, Bethel Park School District, 2010-11 English Language Arts Curriculum Committee, Bethel Park School District, 2006-07 Portfolio Committee, Bethel Park School District, 1996-97
Poet-in-Resident Program 2007-2010 Host April 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Bethel Park High School Class of 2005 Advisor 2001-2003
Bethel Park High School Class of 2001 Advisor 1998-2001
Grove City High School Quill & Scroll Honorary Chapter Advisor 1992-1995
Grove City High School Student Newspaper Advisor 1991-1995
1989 – 1990 Borders Book Shop (Bookseller) Assistant Manager of Pittsburgh South Store
1987 -- 1989 Kahn & Associates, Inc. (Advertising and Public Relations) Vice President of Advertising
1986 – 1987 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (Classical Dance Company) Public Relations Director
1985 – 1986 Kahn & Associates, Inc. (Advertising and Public Relations) Account Supervisor
1983 Family Communications, Inc. (Producers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) Public Relations Intern
Carnegie Museum of Art, Consultant to Education Department, 2004 - Present Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh, Supporter
American Alliance of Theatre and Education American Federation of Teachers GSEA Assembly NCTE Michigan Drama Education Exchange National Council of Teachers of English National State Teacher of the Year - Pennsylvania Chapter Ohio Drama Education Exchange Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Since 2000) *=presenter
"Common Core: Key Shifts & Reading." Bethel Park School District In-Service Day-Long Session*
2010 "Wiki 1010." Bethel Park School District In-service Session*
2009 Center for Teaching Excellence (NBPTS Cohort) National Council of Teachers of English Convention (Philadelphia, PA)*
2008 "BP Wiki Boot Camp," Bethel Park School District, 8-week Professional Development Program* "Wonderful World of Wikis," Bethel Park School District In-service Session* National Council of Teachers of English Convention (San Antonio, TX)
2007 Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference* National Council of Teachers of English Convention (New York, NY)* "On a Grand Scale: Hall of Architecture at 100" Carnegie Museum of Art Educators' Event* "Building on Student Success--Allegheny County" Annual In-Service* A Seminar with Dorothy Heatcote (Columbus, OH) Teachers Teaching Teachers Conference
2006 National Council of Teachers of English Convention (Nashville, TN)* "Building on Student Success--Allegheny County" Annual In-Service* West Penn Cultural Center -- Cultural Exchange Trip (Istanbul, TR et al.)
2005 National Council of Teachers of English Convention (Pittsburgh, PA)* "Building on Student Success--Allegheny County" Annual In-Service* Michigan Drama Education Exchange Conference (Detroit, MI)* PSSA Training -- Allegheny Intermediate Unit
2004 National Council of Teachers of English Convention (Indianapolis, IN)*
2003 National Council of Teachers of English Convention (San Fransisco, CA) International Drama In Education Research Institute (Northhamton, UK) Ohio Drama Education Exchange (Columbus, OH)*
2002 National Council of Teachers of English Convention (Atlanta, GA) Michigan Drama Education Exchange Conference (Detroit, MI)*
2001 National Council of Teachers of English Convention (Baltimore, MD) Pennsylvania Drama Education Exchange*
2000 International Drama In Education Research Institute (Columbus, OH) University of Pittsburgh Teacher Education Network*
2010 Extra Mile Award, Bethel Park School District 2009 National Board Certified Teacher 2009 Fulbright-Hays Scholar 2009 Pennsylvania National State Teacher of the Year Finalist 2008 Teacher of Excellence Nomination 2005 Teacher of Excellence "Top 100" Honoree 1999 Bethel Park School District Outstanding Teacher Award 1998 Bethel Park School District Outstanding Teacher Award 1985 Grove City College Student Teacher of the Year Award