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Tuesday, March 14 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Project-Based, Student-Driven, and Service-Oriented Units with Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

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Students are capable of great things: a lot more than people often expect. Teachers should be tour guides of learning possibilities. They should show students the possibilities and then get out of the way. That is the basis of my teaching, and the students don't disappoint. My instructional approach is project-based and student-directed, and often focuses on service outside of the immediate classroom. The purpose of this session is to describe successful student projects (ie., social entrepreneurship, model sustainable city, gardening, Dia de Muertos story-driven displays) in the context of learning strategies that can be utilized to tap into students' talents and interests with the ultimate goal is assisting them to reach their fullest potential. During this session, time will be devoted to interact with the instructional materials, ask questions, make comments, and develop strategies for one’s own work setting. This workshop can assist both educators and their students to become empowered learners, creative problem solvers, discerning innovators, and compassionate global citizens.

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Dr. Jackie Gerstein

Gifted education teacher, Santa Fe Public Schools
Dr. Jackie Gerstein teaches gifted education at two Title 1 schools within  Santa Fe Public Schools; and graduate-level online courses for Walden and Antioch Universities. She is the author of the book Learning in the Making: How to Plan, Execute, and Assess Powerful Makerspace... Read More →

Tuesday March 14, 2023 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Richardson Hall Auditorium: Ben F. Johnson III Theater