Title I academic coaches received high impact professional learning from The Buck Institute for Education and became certified Project Based Learning teachers!
Phase I In June of 2015, more than fifty Title I K-8 classroom teachers and academic coaches were trained by The Buck Institute for Education on how to effectively implement Project Based Learning. As a result of successful PBL implementation during the 2015-2016 school year, several requests were sent to our office to have more teachersprofessionally trained to implement Project Based Learning. During the month of April, Ms. Charity Moran Parsons from the Buck Institute for Education delivered three days of high impact, professional learning to district leaders and local Title I academic coaches. Phase II Upon successful completion of PBL professional learning, district and local academic coaches were charged with the task of training K-8 classroom teachers and administrators. Over 70 classroom teachers and administrators registered for PBL training to be held the last two weeks of June! In addition, our office accommodated teachers who were previously trained by offering PBL 102 professional learning in an effort to extend and refine the innovative practice of Project Based Learning. PBL 102 was conducted by Mrs. Nicole Powell (Green Acres Elementary; RTI Specialist) and Dr. Danielle Hickerson (Clay Elementary; Academic Coach). Phase III The first week of professional learning consisted of teachers engaging in high quality professional learning. PBL 101 participants discovered the world of PBL and what makes the innovative practice such a unique experience for students, teachers and other stakeholders, learned how to successfully implement Project Based Learning with fidelity, and designed a PBL unit to teach during the 2016-2017 school year. PBL 102 participants reflected on previously designed and implemented units, dug deeper into the PBL process utilizing resources provided by The Buck Institute for Education, and redesigned units for the 2016-2017 school year. The second week of professional learning was PBL student application! This particular week is extremely important to our professional learning model of PBL because it was during this experience that teachers were afforded the opportunity to practice implementing PBL with actual students prior to their individual classroom implementation. Through a collaborative effort between PBL 101 and 102, a special PBL unit was designed for 2nd – 5th grade students attending Argyle Elementary summer program. After a successful two weeks of engaging in the innovative practice of Project Based Learning, our PBL team of trained teachers and administrators are ready to begin and/or extend the implementation of this highly, motivating practice in order to increase the academic achievement of the students in our schools.
Tiffany Honore´, Director
Delores Thompson, Supervisor
Natalie Hutchins, Supervisor