• Advanced Professional Learning

    These professional development workshops support educators in developing students' capacity to engage in deep learning, creative problem-solving, risk taking, and effective collaboration. The following services are offered to teachers that have successfully completed the Maker Educator Certificate or have experience integrating Maker Learning in their classrooms. Workshops can be grouped together to form multi-day professional learning programs. Each of the workshops below are one day in length and can be grouped to form multi-day professional learning programs.

    Instructional Strategies and

    Thinking Routines

    Makers come in all shapes and sizes. For Maker Learning to be truly impactful, it’s important that learners experience personally meaningful and appropriately challenging Making. This workshop empowers educators with strategies, routines, and tools to encourage deeper learning through Making with STEAM.

     

     

     

    Participants:

    • Learn additional instructional strategies for differentiation.
    • Incorporate Thinking Routines to develop skills in thinking systematically, demystifying technology, and understanding perspectives.
    • Develop strategies and tools for assessing growth of Maker Mindsets.

    Building a Maker Culture​

    Building a Maker Culture is really about building a culture of Innovation where students have the agency to attempt to solve problems and feel empowered to make, think, and create on a deep level. It’s about creating a culture of creative expertise, inventive thinking, and effective problem solving.

     

     

     

     

    Participants:

    • Develop a vision of what a Maker Culture could look like at their school or institution.
    • Explore the proven methods that schools and institutions around the world use to build a Maker Culture.
    • Design a prototype (like a student summit or program) that can run at their school or institution.

    Designing and Facilitating a Maker Saturday

    Maker Saturday is a monthly event that engages families in STEAM & Making. The time families spend at Maker Saturday is memorable, meaningful, and demonstrates the impact Making can have on their children. In addition, it becomes an area for educators to prototype activities they are planning to use in future lessons. In this workshop, participants design a Maker Saturday program that meets the needs of their community as well as plan the dates and activities for the program.

     

    Participants

    • Learn ways to effectively plan a family Making event including, choosing relevant activities, spaces, materials, etc.

    • Design and plan the initial Maker Saturday event.

    • Explore methods of building community and sustaining interest in a monthly Making event.

    Collecting Data & Assessing Impact

    of Maker Activities​

    Measuring impact is a critical piece of understanding how your Maker Culture is forming and whether or not the team is reaching the goals they’ve set out to accomplish. Making activities provide a lot of qualitative feedback but documentation and recording quantitative feedback is just as important. This workshop explores ways to collect data, assess learning, and gauge the impact of Making & STEAM.

     

    Participants

    • Explore ways to collect data and assess the impact of Maker activities. 
    • Evaluate the current progress of building a Maker Culture within your school or institution.
    • Develop strategies and tools for assessing the progress of your school or institution's Maker Culture.
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