Community Support + PBL + STEM = Purposeful Learning

2:40pm - 3:55pm - Session III

Are you ready to take your instruction one step further? Learn how to partner with local businesses to create dynamic, impactful, effective, and connected content; explore authentic learning opportunities through themed units dedicated to community engagement. Utilizing data-supported best practice techniques, tech tools, and community leaders, teachers build a love for learning exceeding the four walls of a traditional classroom and communities thrive on a newfound purpose for supporting schools. Don’t settle for STEAM/STEM, PBL, or another acronym for engaged exploration. Choose to blend them together with purpose and rally community ownership! Participants will develop hands-on learning materials bridging the gap between classroom content and its application in the community. The session will conclude with a student-ready product for the classroom.

Rae Hughart
Rae Hughart is a Middle Level Math Educator in Illinois, creator of the Teach Further Model, author of the Teach Better Book, and the Director of Training & Development for the Teach Better Team. Rae continues to facilitate rich discussions with educators around mastering personalized learning, providing targeted student-focused feedback, and the impact of incorporating purpose into student daily learning. Through building partnerships with local businesses, Rae continues to support educators in designing dynamic, impactful, effective, and connected content – showing the impact of teaching beyond the four walls of a classroom and altering a community into an authentic resource for developing leaders. After being inducted into the Illinois State University Hall of Fame in 2017, Rae was awarded the 2018 First Place Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award for her innovative educational impact through the Teach Further Model.