Cristo Rey Boston High School is proud to announce that Michael Kauffmann, a member of our English Language Arts Department, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. Chosen from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Michael will focus on the great thinkers, participating in a seminar entitled “Philosophers of Education: Major Thinkers from the Enlightenment to the Present.” The three-week program will be held at Boston University and directed by Peter Gibbon.
Michael teaches English at Cristo Rey Boston High School, and was interested in the opportunity provided by this course to study the fundamental questions of what it means to educate and become educated, in order to help him create a class environment that best serves his students. During the three weeks of the seminar, he will be diving into the works of John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann and Howard Gardner among others, to examine the major philosophies of educational theory.
Michael is deeply committed to the Cristo Rey Boston community and our unique model of education. He plans to share his newfound knowledge with the community of learners at Cristo Rey Boston, both students and his fellow teachers. When discussing the Cristo Rey community, Kauffmann commented, he "loved the strong community of educators we have built at this school and the way that my coworkers continually inspire me to be my best. When candidates apply for jobs or service positions, I confidently declare to them that they will be surrounded by the most driven, intelligent, and creative group of educators, problem-solvers, and friends possibly anywhere." Michael has taught at Cristo Rey Boston High School for 7 years, and in addition to his classroom responsibilities, he also runs our AmeriCorps service program.
The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.