Wake/UTD PBL January Newsletter 2016
Wake Forest School of Medicine and the University of Texas at Dallas School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have partnered to become the leading resource for schools and districts that want to systematically transform teaching by establishing standards of inquiry-based, authentic instruction. Our program supports teachers with tools to address everyday instructional concerns and provides Problem and Project-Based Learning resources to assist in designing rigorous learning environments to meet content standards.
Coaching Corner
One of the key ways in which we hope to impact teacher effectiveness is by establishing standards of quality instruction.  The purpose of these standards is to set an expectation for the quality of the instructional experiences that support effective inquiry-based learning.  When implementing these five standards, teachers will:
  • Consider thinking skills required by standards in the design of learning experiences
  • Align learning experiences to the appropriate depth of knowledge required by content standards
  • Design learning experiences with clear content and/or skill connections to the real world
  • Provide opportunities for students to engage in substantive communication around accountable content
  • Provide accessible structures and strategies to support achievement in all students
These standards enable teachers to provide support and authentic learning experiences for students in an environment that supports inquiry.  Many of you have already been working on implementing these standards of instruction in your classrooms.  So how do you know when authentic achievement has occurred in your classroom?  Students will begin to:
  • Construct meaning and produce knowledge
  • Engage in disciplined inquiry to construct meaning
  • Aim their work toward production of discourse, product, and performances that have value or meaning beyond success in school
Summer Institutes
Our 2016 Summer Inquiry-Based Learning Institutes will address the theory and practice of inquiry-based education focusing on the implementation and management of Problem and Project-Based Learning in the classroom. Participants will experience inquiry-based activities including complete Problem and Project-Based cases. Facilitators will model high-impact strategies that will improve teacher efficacy and improve implementation.  Institutes are open to a variety of audiences including K - 12 teachers, professional developers, and administrators.  Click here to book your spot in one of our Winston Salem institutes or here for our Texas institutes.
Upcoming Events
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