ILSTEM Mexico Workshops by CTSC
Dr. Ellen Meier from the Center for Technology and School Change, along with Rita Sanchez, Romina Peschiera, Leo Barros and Karina Rodriguez, has provided a professional learning series focused on innovative instruction and school change for 29 high schools in Nueva León, Mexico this Spring 2015.
- "World has changed, and so should the schools."
During the third week of February, the Center provided the first module of 3-module workshops focused on instructional change for 81 principals and teachers from the 29 high schools.
- Participants delved into a project that modeled an interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) challenge. The project utilized the Engineering Design Process, and modeled alignment to core learning standards.
- An online portion of the module followed up with each school team via Skype to clarify questions and to provide individualized support, specific to the needs of each institution. Participants provided the facilitators with valuable information regarding in-situ professional responsibilities and expectations such as differences between integrative products - a report of various assessments - and interdisciplinary projects - a project-based learning activity comprised of solving a design problem by applying knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines. These terms might sound similar at first, but their meanings are vastly different, especially when both are meant to drive the educational goals in two oblique paths.
- The CTSC team went back to Mexico for the second module of workshops in the last week of March 2015. This time, the session focused on applying the framework of Understanding by Design - a model of backwards design for learning. Participants also continued their exploration of the model STEM project, experiencing this rigorous challenge from the student perspective.