Did you miss us? The spaces between posts have been filled with so much – new creations, workshops, students presenting at ISTE, reports, even a new project to launch the course, and a design institute with “deep dives” to learn more about PBL, SEL, UDL and to apply ideas to the design of the course. We’ve met with 7 new teachers to our co-design team, taking the initial steps to welcome them, and reached out to advisors, with an initial meeting with SEL advisors last week. We’ve had team members coming and going, taking much needed pauses of vacations, time on other interests and projects, and a return to developing our course, with the great fun right now – I say partly in jest – of starting to work toward some standardization in curriculum materials. We want consistency in terms, eventually of layout and of what’s prioritized, what’s featured and even what’s intentionally left out. We want quality too, and we’ll only get that with teachers and student input. These materials are never static, or at least we don’t want them to be. And they can’t…because it’s the implementation that brings this stuff to life.
If you haven’t yet linked to it above, check out Anne’s recent summer post (Compose our World teacher). She says it straight, and keeps it on the kids and that longing for a gem in our lives, and in this case, of PD. Thank you, Anne.