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
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.
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.
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.
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.