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Greetings!

 

My name is Dale Kern and I’m the High School Social Studies teacher and Junior Advocate. I received my Bachelor of Arts in History from Tennessee State University where I also minored in Political Science. While I was there, the emphasis of my studies centered around eras of social change in US history and the practices implemented by people who sought social justice. I earned my State of Colorado teaching license through the ASPIRE to Teach Alternative Licensure Program at CU Denver.  

 

 The 2021-2022 school year will be my sixth year of teaching and my third at Westgate. Before coming to Westgate, I taught US History and Music at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden where I worked with at-risk youth who were in the custody of the Division of Youth Services. My time at Lookout gave me experience practicing trauma-informed care and guided me in adopting the principles associated with TIC; safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness and empowerment.

 

As a social studies teacher, I believe that it is imperative to not only develop the readiness of my students as critical thinkers and engaged citizens; but to also help facilitate learning experiences where they can find growth and personal enrichment.

 

When I am not teaching I enjoy playing guitar in a local funk/jazz band, going to concerts, snowboarding, gardening, and spending time with my family.

 

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US History - Week of 4/25- 4/29

Hey Folks!

This week we will continue with Topic 19 by discussing the presidency of  Ronald Reagan, the end of the Cold War, and move onto the 1990’s with Bush I and Clinton. 

Have a great week!

Learning Objectives

Topic 19.2 The Reagan Era

Objectives: Analyze Reagan’s economic policies as President. Summarize how Reagan strengthened the conservative movement. Evaluate the steps taken to address various problems in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Topic 19.3 The Cold War Ends

Objectives: Analyze the ways that Ronald Reagan challenged communism and the Soviet Union. Explain why communism collapsed in Europe and in the Soviet Union. Describe other foreign policy challenges that faced the United States in the 1980s.

Topic 19.4 Foreign Policy After the Cold War

Objectives:  Analyze why George H.W. Bush decided to use force in some foreign disputes and not in others. Summarize the Persian Gulf War and its results.

Topic 19.5 Clinton and the 1990’s

Objectives: Explain why Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992. Assess the success of Clinton’s domestic policies. Describe the Contract with America and its impact. Analyze the Clinton impeachment.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 19.2 The Reagan Era
  2. Topic 19.3 The Cold War Ends
  3. Topic 19.4 Foreign Policy After the Cold War
  4. Topic 19.5 Clinton and the 1990’s

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. US and Iranian Relations: Annotation Practice
  2. Topic 18 Quiz
  3. Topic 19 Pre-Quiz
  4. Topic 19.1 The Conservative Movement Surges

US History- Week of 4/18 - 4/19

Hey Folks!

This week we will get some practice writing footnote annotations as we analyze some primary source documents that give us insight into the 1953 US-backed Iranian coup. We will take the Topic 18 Quiz on Wednesday and then begin Topic 19 by looking at the surge of the conservative movement in the early 80’s and the election of Ronald Reagan.

Have a great week!

Learning Objectives

US and Iranian Relations: Annotation Practice

Objectives: Practice creating footnotes for annotating primary source documents. Understand the thinking of the US government during the 1953 Iranian coup. Utilize the historical method to create understanding of the processes of historians.

Topic 19.1 The Conservative Movement Surges

Objectives: Describe the differences between liberal and conservative viewpoints. Analyze the reasons behind the rise of conservatism in the early 1980s. Explain why Ronald Reagan won the presidency in 1980.

This Week’s Assignments

1. US and Iranian Relations: Annotation Practice

2. Topic 18 Quiz

3. Topic 19 Pre-Quiz

4. Topic 19.1 The Conservative Movement Surges

Last Week’s Assignments

1. Topic 18.9 Foreign Policy Troubles in the Late 70’s

2. History of US/Iranian Relations

Economics- Week of 4/18 - 4/22

Hey Citizens,

This week we will continue with Topic 7 Market Structures. We will continue the documentary ‘Inside Job’ and discuss how markets can fail and why government regulation, or lack thereof, was the cause of 2008 financial crisis as we transition into Topic 7.3 The Role of Government.

Have a great week!

Weekly Objectives

Topic 7.1 Competition and Market Structures

Objectives: Objectives: Explain the characteristics of perfect competition. Understand the nature of monopolistic competition. Describe the behavior and characteristics of the oligopolist. Identify several types of monopolies.

 Topic 7.2 Market Failures

Objectives: Discuss the problems caused by inadequate competition. Understand the importance of having adequate information. Describe the nature of resource immobility. Explain the nature of positive and negative externalities.

Topic 7.3 The Role of Government

Objectives: Discuss major antitrust legislation in the United States. Understand the need for government regulation. Explain the value of public disclosure. Discuss the modifications to our free enterprise economy.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Inside Job Questions
  2. Topic 7.2 Market Failures
  3. Topic 7.3 The Role of Government

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 7.1 Competition and Market Structures
  2. Inside Job Questions

Economics - Week of 4/11 - 4/15

Hey Citizens,

This week we will begin Topic 7 Market Structures. There are only two days of classes with testing this week so we will work on Topic 7.1 on Monday and 7.2 on Tuesday. We will be discussing different forms of market structure and then look at how markets can fail.

Have a great week!

Weekly Objectives

Topic 7.1 Competition and Market Structures

Objectives: Objectives: Explain the characteristics of perfect competition. Understand the nature of monopolistic competition. Describe the behavior and characteristics of the oligopolist. Identify several types of monopolies.

 Topic 7.2 Market Failures

Objectives: Discuss the problems caused by inadequate competition. Understand the importance of having adequate information. Describe the nature of resource immobility. Explain the nature of positive and negative externalities.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 7.1 Competition and Market Structures
  2. Topic 7.2 Market Failures

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 6.3 Social Goals and Market Efficiency
  2. Supply & Demand Project

US History - Week of 4/11 - 4/15

Hey Folks!

With testing taking place this week, we will only have two days of classes. We will conclude Topic 18 An Era of Change by looking at US foreign policy in the late 70’s. On Tuesday we will dive into foreign relations with Iran and understand the causes of strain and conflict with the country. On Monday April 18th we will have a quiz for Topic 18.

Have a great week!

Learning Objectives

Topic 18.9 Foreign Policy Troubles in the Late 70’s

Objectives: Compare the policies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter toward the Soviet Union. Discuss changing U.S. foreign policy in the developing world. Identify the successes and failures of Carter’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

History of US/Iranian Relations

Objectives: Develop an understanding for the long and complicated history of Iran. Understand the reasons for conflict between the US and Iran. Describe some misunderstandings that people in the U.S. have about Iran. Explain what Iranians want for their future.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 18.9 Foreign Policy Troubles in the Late 70’s
  2. History of US/Iranian Relations

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 18.5 The Environmental Movement
  2. Topic 18.6 Nixon’s Foreign Policy
  3. Topic 18.7 Nixon and the Watergate Scandal
  4. Topic 18.8 The Ford and Carter Years

Economics for Week of 4/4 - 4/8

Hey Citizens,

This week we will finish Topic 6 Prices and Decision Making. We will work on project utilizing the concepts of supply and demand we talked about last week. Finally we will begin our last econ topic before moving onto financial literacy, Topic 7 Market Structures.

Have a great week!

Weekly Objectives

Topic 6.3 Social Goals and Market Efficiency

Objectives: Explain the significance of price ceiling, minimum wage, price floor, target price, non-recourse loan, deficiency payment. Illustrate how price floors affect quantity demanded and supplied. Describe why a government would consider imposing a price ceiling or price floor.

Supply & Demand Project

Objectives: Demonstrate the ability to comprehend the effects of the interaction between supply & demand in a market society. Predict the outcomes when various economic situations occur.

Topic 7.1 Competition and Market Structures

Objectives: Objectives: Explain the characteristics of perfect competition. Understand the nature of monopolistic competition. Describe the behavior and characteristics of the oligopolist. Identify several types of monopolies.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 6.3 Social Goals and Market Efficiency
  2. Supply & Demand Project
  3. Topic 7.1 Competition and Market Structures

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. All About Prices – Pizza Group Activity:
  2. Topic 6.1 Prices as Signals
  3. Topic 6.2 The Price System at Work

US History - Week of 4/4 - 4/8

Hey Folks!

We continue this week with Topic 18 An Era of Change. We will first finish up with 18.4 and then be discussing the Environmental Movement before moving onto Nixon’s foreign and domestic policies, talk about Watergate and the downfall of Nixon, and then discuss Ford and Carter.

Have a great week!

Learning Objectives

Topic 18.5 The Environmental Movement

Objectives: Assess the causes and effects of the environmental movement. Analyze why environmental protection became a controversial issue.

Topic 18.6 Nixon’s Foreign Policy

Objectives: Explain the thinking behind Richard Nixon’s foreign policy. Define Nixon’s foreign policy toward China and the Soviet Union.

Topic 18.7 Nixon and the Watergate Scandal

Objectives: Describe Richard Nixon’s attitude toward “big” government. Analyze Nixon’s southern strategy. Explain the Watergate incident and its consequences.

Topic 18.8 The Ford and Carter Years

Objectives: Evaluate the presidency of Gerald Ford. Assess the domestic policies of Jimmy Carter. Analyze how American society changed in the 1970s.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 18.5 The Environmental Movement
  2. Topic 18.6 Nixon’s Foreign Policy
  3. Topic 18.7 Nixon and the Watergate Scandal
  4. Topic 18.8 The Ford and Carter Years

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 18.1 The Counterculture
  2. Topic 18.2 The Women’s Rights Movement
  3. Topic 18.3 Origins of the LGBT Movement
  4. Topic 18.4 The Rights Revolution Expands

Economics - Week of 3/28 - 4/1

Hey Citizens,

Welcome back for Quarter 4 everyone! This week we will start Topic 6 Prices and Decision Making. We will talk about how Market Equilibrium represents price by pulling together the concepts of supply and demand.

Have a great week!

Weekly Objectives

All About Prices – Pizza Group Activity:

Objectives: Explain the basic principles of demand and supply. Determine how prices are set by comparing supply and demand.

Topic 6.1 Prices as Signals

Objectives: Explain the significance of price, rationing, ration coupon, and rebate.  Describe how prices help allocate scarce resources by answering the questions of WHAT, HOW, and FOR WHOM to produce. Explain why are prices an efficient way to allocate goods and services?

Topic 6.2 The Price System at Work

Objectives: Explain the significance of economic model, equilibrium price, surplus, and shortage. Understand the significance of economic model, equilibrium price, surplus, and shortage. Describe why competitive markets allocate resources efficiently.

Topic 6.3 Social Goals and Market Efficiency

Objectives: Explain the significance of price ceiling, minimum wage, price floor, target price, nonrecourse loan, deficiency payment. Illustrate how price floors affect quantity demanded and supplied. Describe why a government would consider imposing a price ceiling or price floor.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. All About Prices – Pizza Group Activity:
  2. Topic 6.1 Prices as Signals
  3. Topic 6.2 The Price System at Work
  4. Topic 6.3 Social Goals and Market Efficiency

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 5.2 The Theory of Production
  2. Topic 5.3 Cost, Revenue, and Profit Maximization
  3. Topic 4 and 5 Quiz

US History - Week of 3/28 - 4/1

Hey Folks!

Welcome back for Quarter 4! We start the quarter out with Topic 18 An Era of Change. We will be discussing the Counter Culture Movement, the Women’s Liberation Movement, and the origins of the LGBT Movement. On Thursday, we will spend some time talking about the Chicano Movement.

Learning Objectives

Topic 18.1 The Counterculture

Objectives: Describe the rise of the counterculture. List the major characteristics of the counter- culture. Evaluate the impact of the counterculture on American values and society.

Topic 18.2 The Women’s Rights Movement

Objectives: Analyze how a movement for women’s rights arose in the 1960s. Explain the goals and tactics of the women’s movement. Assess the impact of the women’s movement on American society.

Topic 18.3 Origins of the LGBT Movement

Objectives:  Discuss the origins of the modern American LGBT movement. Develop an understanding of the different communities within the LGBT movement.

Topic 18.4 The Rights Revolution Expands

Objectives: Explain how the Latino population grew after World War I. Analyze the Latino and Native American rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Describe the expansion of rights for consumers and the disabled.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 18.1 The Counterculture
  2. Topic 18.2 The Women’s Rights Movement
  3. Topic 18.3 Origins of the LGBT Movement
  4. Topic 18.4 The Rights Revolution Expands

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 17 Quiz
  2. Topic 18 Pre-Quiz
  3. Read Book for Annotation Project

Economics - Week of 3/7 - 3/9

Hey Citizens,

This week we will wrap up Topic 5 Supply. We will talk about the theory of production and cost, revenue, and profit maximization. We will then have a small quiz on supply and demand on Wednesday.

Have a great week!

Weekly Objectives

Topic 5.2 The Theory of Production

Objectives: Explain the theory of production. Describe the three stages of production.

Topic 5.3 Cost, Revenue, and Profit Maximization

Objectives: Define four key measures of cost. Identify two key measures of revenue. Apply incremental analysis to business decisions.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 5.2 The Theory of Production
  2. Topic 5.3 Cost, Revenue, and Profit Maximization
  3. Topic 4 and 5 Quiz

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 4.2 Factors Affecting Demand
  2. Topic 4.3 Elasticity of Demand
  3. Topic 5.1 What is Supply?

US History - Week of 3/7 - 3/9

Hey Folks!

This week we are taking the Topic 17 The Vietnam War Era quiz on Monday and then watching Trial of the Chicago Seven, which will tie Topic 17 and Topic 18 together. If we have anytime on Wednesday after the finishing the movie, we will dedicate some time to Annotation Projects.

Have a great week and restful Spring Break!  

Learning Objectives

Trial of the Chicago Seven

Objectives: Understand the political climate during the 1968 Democratic Convention. Describe the reasons for the formation and activism of the Anti-War Movement. Place into context the Nixon Administration’s resistance to the Anti-War and Civil Rights Movement.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 17 Quiz
  2. Topic 18 Pre-Quiz

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 17.2 The Beginning of the War in Vietnam
  2. Topic 17.3 America’s Role Escalates
  3. Topic 17.4 The War Divides America
  4. Topic 17.5 The War’s End and Effects

Economics - Week of 2/28 - 3/4

Hey Citizens,

This week we will also continue with Topic 4 Demand and transition right into Topic 5 Supply. We will talk about the factors and elasticity of demand, and then talk about what supply is and the theory of production.

Have a great week!

Weekly Objectives

Topic 4.2 Factors Affecting Demand

Objectives: Explain what causes a change in quantity demanded. Describe the factors that could cause a change in demand.

Topic 4.3 Elasticity of Demand

Objectives: Explain why elasticity is a measure of responsiveness. Analyze the elasticity of demand for a product. Understand the factors that determine demand elasticity.

Topic 5.1 What is Supply?

Objectives: Understand the difference between the supply schedule and the supply curve. Explain how market supply curves are derived. Specify the reasons for a change in supply.

Topic 5.2 The Theory of Production

Objectives: Explain the theory of production. Describe the three stages of production.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 4.2 Factors Affecting Demand
  2. Topic 4.3 Elasticity of Demand
  3. Topic 5.1 What is Supply?
  4. Topic 5.2 The Theory of Production

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Unit 1 Test
  2. Topic 4.1 What is Demand?

US History - Week of 2/28 - 3/4

Hey Folks!

This week we will be looking at Topic 17 The Vietnam War Era. We will talk about the modern history of Vietnam and how the war developed over decades. We will see how the US role changed under different administrations, take a look at opposition at home, the Peace Movement, how it ended, and the repercussions the war will have for the United States. The Quiz will be next week, probably on Monday.

Have a great week!  

Learning Objectives

Topic 17.2 The Beginning of the War in Vietnam

Objectives: Describe the reasons that the United States helped the French fight the Vietnamese. Identify ways in which the United States opposed communism in Southeast Asia. Analyze how the United States increased its involvement in Vietnam.

Topic 17.3 America’s Role Escalates

Objectives: Identify the factors that caused President Johnson to increase American troop strength in Vietnam. Assess the nature of the war in Vietnam and the difficulties faced by both sides. Evaluate the effects of low morale on American troops and on the home front.

Topic 17.4 The War Divides America

Objectives: Describe the divisions within American society over the Vietnam War. Analyze the Tet Offensive and the American reaction to it. Summarize the factors that influenced the outcome of the 1968 presidential election.

Topic 17.5 The War’s End and Effects

Objectives: Assess Nixon’s new approach to the war, and explain why protests continued. Explain what led to the Paris Peace Accords and why South Vietnam eventually fell to the communists. Evaluate the impact of the Vietnam War on the United States.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 17.2 The Beginning of the War in Vietnam
  2. Topic 17.3 America’s Role Escalates
  3. Topic 17.4 The War Divides America
  4. Topic 17.5 The War’s End and Effects

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 16.5 Reform Under Johnson
  2. Topic 16 Quiz
  3. Topic 17 Pre-Quiz
  4. Topic 17.1 The Cold War and Vietnam

US History - Week of 2/22 - 2/25

Hey Folks!

This week we will be finishing Topic 16 on Tuesday with 16.5 Reform Under Johnson as we look at Johnson’s domestic policies of The Great Society and the War on Poverty. We are then taking the quiz for Topic 16 on Wednesday. Make sure to study!!! On Thursday we will start Topic 17 The Vietnam War Era and look at the steps and/or missteps that led the US into Southeast Asia.

Have a great week!  

Learning Objectives

Topic 16.5 Reform Under Johnson

Objectives: Evaluate Johnson’s policies up to his victory in the 1964 presidential election. Analyze Johnson’s goals and actions as seen in his Great Society programs. Assess the achievements of the Great Society.

Topic 17.1 The Cold War and Vietnam

Objectives: Explain the steps Kennedy took to change American foreign policy. Analyze the causes and effects of the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Assess the results of the Berlin Crisis and other foreign-policy events of the 1960s.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Topic 16.5 Reform Under Johnson
  2. Topic 16 Quiz
  3. Topic 17 Pre-Quiz
  4. Topic 17.1 The Cold War and Vietnam

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Emmett Till Op Ed Assignment
  2. “Beyond Vietnam”

 

Economics - Week of 2/22 - 2/25

Hey Citizens,

This week we will take our Unit 1 Test that will be made up from Topics 1, 2, and 3. I have given you all study guides so please make sure you are prepared for the test on Tuesday. We will also begin Topic 4 Demand this week and will be discussing what demand is, what causes it, and talk about microeconomics.

Have a great week!

Weekly Objectives

Law of Demand Activity

Understand the fundamental economic concept of demand. Utilize the law of demand, by making trading decisions in the class activity. Recognize the concept of opportunity cost as you witness fewer students are willing to trade.

Topic 4.1 What is Demand?

Objectives: Describe and illustrate the concept of demand. Explain how demand and utility are related.

This Week’s Assignments

  1. Unit 1 Test
  2. Law of Demand Activity
  3. Topic 4.1 What is Demand?

Last Week’s Assignments

  1. Nonprofit Research Assignment
  2. Vertical and Horizontal Integration – Assignment