One must reconsider what students really need to learn and the environment in which they learn. Much of the enthusiasm for the problem-based approach to learning comes from instructors who feel revitalized by the creative energy it releases. ~Hal White, "'Creating Problems' for PBL"
Please view the following links to learn more about a Problem-Based Learning approach to learning and educating today's students:
Teacher leadership is a catalyst for change. “When accomplished teachers model instructional practices, encourage sharing of best practices, mentor new teachers, and collaborate with teaching colleagues” teachers are empowered as leaders (York- Barr, & Duke, 2004). Teacher leaders possess a strong instructional background and are comfortable with taking risks. They are also confident and credible with their peers. Teacher Leaders are committed to the success of every child and strive to provide extraordinary education every day.
Teacher leaders will provide ongoing, purposeful, and embedded professional development for their school-based peers. Building their own professional repertoire and capacity, teacher leaders work collaboratively with their colleagues. School-based teacher leaders will model and demonstrate by serving as a learning lab for informal instructional learning walks.
Participating Teacher Leaders will:
Attend a total of four days of professional development in June 2015.
Learn from Buck Institute Researchers and Discovery Education STEM Experts.
Implement instructional strategies, tools, and resources learned during the PBL institute.
Work with building level adminstration and other teacher leaders to refine practices and create innovative lessons.
Open their classrooms as "learning labs" and offer peers an opportunity to observe and share in instructional innovation.
Share best practices with colleagues in common planning periods, department meetings, PLC meetings, staff meetings, in-service days and other times as determined by building administration and the PBL Institute team.
Share their new knowledge at the Rowan Salisbury Schools "Back to School" conference in August.
PBL Conference Details:
The conference will be held at Horizons Unlimited on June 15 - June 18, 2015 from 8:00 to 3:30 pm.
Each day will consist of professional development led by PBL experts (Buck Institute) and PD experts (Discovery Education) time for attendees to experiment with and design PBL focused lessons.
Selected attendees will be reimbursed $50 per day for their time and efforts.