Studio A will occur in a hands-on workshop format. At times, the workshop will be divided into smaller peer learning groups (primary grades, elementary grades, middle school, and high school), but participants will also have many opportunities to network and learn from all of the participants (regardless of their grade-level association). Throughout the two-and-a-half days, teaching artists from various mediums (visual arts, improvisation, dance/movement, etc.) will conduct mini-workshops to introduce the Arts as potential activities that could enhance various stages of PBL, and they will be available for “office hour” consultation on subsequent days. Similarly, Design Thinking instructor/practitioners from LUMA Institute will run mini sessions and be available to help educators workshop and develop their ideas, as will experienced PBL teachers.
A nominal non-refundable fee of $50 will be charged to secure a commitment to attend the this summer institute. A lite breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. This innovative regional teacher workshop is made possible by the generous support of the Grable Foundation.
Act 48 hours will be granted to those who complete the full two-and-a-half day workshop.
Avonworth School District is located north of downtown Pittsburgh. It is a member of the League of Innovative Schools. Additionally Avonworth Middle School has been recognized and redesignated as a Don Eichorn "Schools To Watch," and Avonworth High School was named a "P21 Exemplar School" by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. Over the last several years, Avonworth has focused on project-based learning and will provide teacher-facilitators to help guide the creation of authentic PBL learning experiences.
LUMA Institute is a Pittsburgh-based education company dedicated to teaching the principles and practices of Design Thinking. LUMA’s modular system of “Innovating for People” was featured in the Harvard Business Review as a powerful “Taxonomy of Innovation.” LUMA instructors will provide Human-Centered Design (HCD) expertise in support of Project-Based Learning solutions. Participants will receive HCD reference materials and PBL planning kits.
Artists in Schools & Communities at PF/PCA is the regional Arts in Education Partner of the PA Council on the Arts serving Southwest PA. AS&C teaching artists will run interactive workshops from diverse art forms. From "entry events" to "scaffolding activities" to "public exhibition," the arts can be used to support and enrich a PBL unit. Participants will be exposed to instructional strategies, such as dramatic acting, music comprehension, role-plays, simulations, visual processing and other arts activities.