NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve Curriculum Design Through Authentic, Collaborative, Project-Based Learning Experiences

NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve Curriculum Design Through Authentic, Collaborative, Project-Based Learning Experiences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve Curriculum Design Through Authentic, Collaborative, Project-Based Learning Experiences Free, Online Tools Support Great Teaching, Deeper Learning & New Standards WASHINGTON, DC – March 24, 2015 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF)...

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NCTAF’s Learning Studios Adapt the NCLE Framework for Capacity Building

NCTAF’s Learning Studios Adapt the NCLE Framework for Capacity Building

The NCTAF Learning Studios model features three key program components: professional learning communities, project-based learning, and workforce partnerships. For the 2013-2014 school year, we have been piloting the NCLE Framework for Capacity Building because it allows us to focus on one of the main components of the Learning Studios model – building collaborative culture in our STEM professional learning communities. We have adapted the...

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Learning Studios: Learning from the Ground Up

Learning Studios: Learning from the Ground Up

While most of the country is blanketed in snow or dealing with frigid temperatures, there is no time for hibernation at Lakeland Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland. Supported through the AFT Innovation Fund and a Baltimore Teachers Union grant, NCTAF is leading two collaborative teams of teachers in a plan to transform their school grounds’ environment. As part of Learning Studios, the teachers developed plans over the summer to build...

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Innovative Practices Blossom as Teachers Investigate Food Deserts with Learning Studios

Innovative Practices Blossom as Teachers Investigate Food Deserts with Learning Studios

Teachers often draw on real life issues in their communities to inspire lessons for students, however teachers rarely get to discuss these  issues with the experts that are developing research and policy solutions to the same problems. With the support of the AFT Innovation Fund and the Baltimore Teachers Union, the Learning Studios teachers at Violetville Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland are collaborating with local professionals to dive...

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Getting Back to School with Learning Studios

Getting Back to School with Learning Studios

As students return to classrooms and teachers begin their first lessons of the year, how many educators will shut their classroom doors and teach in isolation for the next 180 days? The answer: far too many. In order for teachers to be successful in the classroom they must have time to collaborate with their colleagues.  When there is time set aside for collaborative planning, teachers are able to create links across their subjects for students...

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Breaking Down the Four-Walls of the Classroom with STEM Learning Studios at Central Middle School

Breaking Down the Four-Walls of the Classroom with STEM Learning Studios at Central Middle School

  The Central Middle School 7th Grade Learning Studio is creating opportunities for students to use their own school environment as a lab space. The team, consisting of Deborah Holloway (Math), Kristy Fidyk (Social Studies), Jeremy Marcus-Wenger & Peggy Sieber (Science), and Susan Ellis (Language Arts) encourage their students to look at their every-day surroundings through a STEM lens. Over the last year and a half, this teacher team...

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An Update from Anne Arundel County – Going Green with Learning Studios

An Update from Anne Arundel County – Going Green with Learning Studios

In late January Learning Studios from three middle schools in Anne Arundel County met for a NCTAF-facilitated Design Session. Continuing a planning process that began several months ago, teams of 4-6 teachers collaborated with representatives from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and The National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop authentic, student-voiced learning opportunities for their students.  The teachers...

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New Hampshire students innovate and collaborate in Learning Studios

New Hampshire students innovate and collaborate in Learning Studios

How will students access information in schools of the future? How can daily tasks, like washing and drying clothes, become environmentally sustainable? Solutions to these 21st Century are not being developed by large real-world organizations, but by high school students at Nashua’s Academy for Science and Design, a charter school in Nashua, New Hampshire. As part of  NCTAF’s Learning Studios program, junior and senior students...

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Learning Studios Summit Video is Live!

Learning Studios Summit Video is Live!

  We have now launched the Summit video archive on YouTube and on our website! If you were unable to attend the event, or want to relive some of the inspiring moments from the day, visit our Summit Page or YouTube Summit Playlist. On November 15th, 2012, NCTAF brought a variety of stakeholders together for a lively discussion about improving STEM education in order to meet the needs of the future workforce. “Learning Studios:...

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Learning Studios Summit

    On November 15th, 2012, NCTAF brought a variety of stakeholders together for a lively discussion about improving STEM education in order to meet the needs of the future workforce. “Learning Studios: Collaborating in Today’s Schools to Build Tomorrow’s Workforce” featured Maryland state education leaders, industry representatives, and teachers. The event highlighted NCTAF’s STEM Learning Studios initiative as a program...

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Pearson’s Center for Educator Effectiveness Partners with NCTAF on Learning Studios

Pearson’s Center for Educator Effectiveness Partners with NCTAF on Learning Studios

In a recent blog post Kathy McKnight, Principal Director of Research at Pearson’s Center for Educator Effectiveness, announced a partnership between NCTAF and Pearson’s non-profit K12 Research & Innovation Network.  The partnership between the two organizations will  focus on the impacts of Learning Studios, an innovative program that fosters collaborative partnerships between classroom teachers and local STEM professionals....

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NCTAF Highlights Learning Studios at Maryland Summit

NCTAF Highlights Learning Studios at Maryland Summit

On November 15th, 2012, NCTAF brought a variety of stakeholders together for a lively discussion about improving STEM education in order to meet the needs of the future workforce. “Learning Studios: Collaborating in Today’s Schools to Build Tomorrow’s Workforce” featured Maryland state education leaders, industry representatives, and teachers. The event highlighted NCTAF’s STEM Learning Studios initiative as a program that improves...

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Gwynn Park High School Students Take on Alzheimer’s with Learning Studios

Gwynn Park High School Students Take on Alzheimer’s with Learning Studios

What do movie stars and Gwynn Park High School students have in common? Both groups are very concerned about the long-term impacts of aging.  Gwynn Park students are putting concern into action as part of STEM Learning Studios. Teachers and students are starting their year by focusing on public health issues in all of their classes, with special emphasis on designing an experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. In their third year as a...

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Learning Studios in Action: Students and Teachers Team Up to Study Their School’s Backyard

Learning Studios in Action: Students and Teachers Team Up to Study Their School’s Backyard

STEM teachers at Old Mill Middle School South in Anne Arundel County, Maryland teamed across grade levels to investigate water issues in their community. During a 3-day NCTAF-led Design Session this summer, the team developed instructional plans for the year that would map hands-on learning projects to the existing curriculum. Stepping out of the traditional confines of instructional practices, the teachers at Old Mill are using their...

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