Join the Adult Literacy Professional Development List to explore and share innovative practices in Project-Based Learning (PBL) as Professional Development. Guest participant Heide Spruck Wrigley will share her experiences with successful professional development models focused on PBL. A team of teachers who have facilitated student-projects in their classes will actively participate, share their professional development experiences, and offer practical advice on implementing projects. We hope you will join us and share your work.
Discussion topics include:
- Essential elements of project-based learning
- Why bother? Exploring the value added of project-based learning in ESOL and ABE
- Examples of successful professional development models focused on project-based learning
- Myths and realities: Is project-based learning time well-spent?
- Does PBL work? Evidence from research and practice
- Assessments in project-based learning and student performance
- How to get started in project-based learning
This discussion introduces the list's Topic-of-the-Month: Keys to Communities of Practice.
Heide Spruck Wrigley has been involved in all aspects of adult literacy, including family literacy, workplace literacy, adult ESL, EL civic and transition to higher education. Her work focuses on the intersection of policy, research, professional development, and classroom practice. She is currently a (non-resident) fellow with the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan Think Tank in Washington, D.C. and is finishing up a research and materials development project for Youth-at-Risk outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Her staff development work around project-based learning includes a 3 year consultancy with Project IDEA, a Texas state wide Master Teacher project focused on PBL and a five year ongoing professional development project with teachers in Socorro, Texas. Her PBL work includes an emphasis on putting low and high end technology in the hands of learners (tape recorders, PowerPoint, digital cameras, video cameras) and creating learner showcases for the demonstration of these projects to a wider community of parents, teachers, and learners.
Heide has been key in a number of U.S. national research studies focused on ESL literacy, but she has also been involved with ABE programs, youth literacy programs and with the Adult Literacy Media Alliance (TV 411). Her international work includes evaluations of teacher training programs in Poland and in Egypt, staff development in China, and presentations in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and in the UK. When she's home, Heide lives in Mesilla, a small town in Southern New Mexico, an hour from the US Mexico border.
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- Research in Action: Teachers, Projects, and Technology
-- Project-Based Learning and Professional Development
- Less Teaching and More Learning: Turning from traditional methods to project-based instruction, the author found that her students learned more
-- Susan Gaer's article and the terrific website for both interactive computer-based learning and student web projects
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