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A Culture of Deeper Learning: Arts Infused Project Based Learning • Informed By Social Action • Fueled By Personalization

Appropriate for Teachers Grades K-12
Teaching teams are strongly encouraged to enroll
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Course Description:
Project-based learning (PBL) has the power and potential to transform the culture of a school community. Through this course, participants will be supported in designing interdisciplinary project-based curricula that is rigorous, real-world and collaborative.

Through this interactive course we will examine the “how and why” of PBL.  Participants will be provided with a solid foundation in PBL theory + practice. Teaching teams will be given time and support to build out a high quality project from start to finish.  Participants will be provided with an intuitive framework to build project-based curricula along with tools and strategies to support deeper learning.  We will explore ways in which teachers can be empowered to infuse thematic, interdisciplinary learning and cross-cutting skills into their classes to ensure authentic engagement and sustained inquiry.

Each day, participants will be provided with time to develop project ideas using a variety of tools, including a web app built by the facilitators while on a 2014 Rowland Fellowship. At the end of this course, participants will leave with models, strategies, and tools to design learning experiences that provoke inquiry and fuel the creation of authentic products that are relevant to students and have meaning in our world.

Brian Boyes has been in education for nearly 20 years and has  twice received  special recognition from the Vermont Arts Alliance for his unique and creative approach to music  education at Cabot School.   For the last 18 years he has developed and led the Cabot School Creative music program, widely recognized for its innovative approaches to infusing the performing arts into a project-based teaching and learning environment.  As a teacher-leader, Brian serves as Cabot School’s Project Based Learning Coach. A 2014 Rowland Fellow, Brian is the co-creator of LaunchPad, a web-app that helps students and teachers build and share awesome learning experiences.

Peter Stratman has extensive experience with community-based education, youth voice, and service learning.  As a former AmeriCorps member and Program Director for the Youth Involvement Network in Portland, Oregon, Peter cultivated a passion for transforming public schools.  For the last twelve years, Peter has been a teacher-leader at Cabot School in Cabot, Vermont, helping implement a multi-aged, project-based learning program for middle school students. Cabot Middle School has earned wide recognition for fostering a culture of student engagement fueled by innovative, technology-rich PBL expeditions and adventure-based leadership. Peter has shared his passion for project based learning and middle school education at numerous conferences and workshops.  A 2014 Rowland Fellow, Peter is the co-creator of LaunchPad, a web-app that helps students and teachers build and share awesome learning experiences.