PBL Pathfinders: The Confluence of Authentic Learning Experiences & Student Agency
Saturday, April 4th, 11:15am -12:30pm - Session II
In this workshop, we highlight the necessary personalized proof points needed for developing student-agency through the confluence of authentic PBL challenges and curriculum planning with Pre-K through 8th-grade project samples from beginner to expert PBL teachers. Participants will explore the Five Stages of Finding a Solution: Authentic Challenge and Purpose, Information and Prototyping, Perspective and Point of View, Actions and Consequences, & Considerations and Conclusions. Through hands-on experiences we will demonstrate the vital school, school leader, and teacher professional development shifts needed to link student-directed learning PBL with a variety of curriculums to ensure students are the beneficiaries of equitable personalized learning. Jill Ackers will utilize her book Developing Natural Curiosity through PBL, to examine these proof point shifts she and her team have made in Rhode Island public schools, public and private schools in the United States, and international schools from around the world. These explicit links between research, formative assessments and practice demonstrate the next generation of indicators needed to transition from classrooms intended to operate as enclosed spaces, with minimal connectivity to reimagined interconnected, interdisciplinary PBL learning communities. and their impact on the local community.