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Thursday, March 28 • 10:30am - 4:30pm
Using the Community as the Classroom: Community-Based Projects for Real World Learning

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During this session, attendees will identify authentic learning goals for their students, map their community ecosystem, and begin to craft learning experiences that utilize community to foster “now-ready” learning and opportunities for civic engagement. Attendees will evaluate aspirations, goals, and values with a focus on developing equity and accounting for various levels of privilege. These goals and aspirations will be used to drive community-based PBLs that focus on actionable skills and habits as outcomes along with content.

After they’ve spent ample time mapping their goals and aspirations, they will spend time mapping their community stakeholders, which help them take note of the beneficiaries, allies, resource providers, opponents, and influential bystanders. This phase will help participants think critically about various types of partnerships and learning experiences as well as diverse needs that the community may have. Each relevant stakeholder – whether it’s the local economic development association as an ally or a community expert as an influential bystander – gets mapped on the ecosystem map with a special nod to what skills, resources, and knowledge they may bring to the table.

Once participants they have filled their stakeholder map, we will begin to look at possible constellations that could make for meaningful learning experiences. Each constellation represents a different project idea that combines the needs and assets of various partners to engage students in a real-world learning experience. While the project ideas will undoubtedly be actionable, the goal is less about creating one perfect idea. Instead, the goal is to imagine potential collaborations, map several community-based constellations, and begin to understand the creative intersections and unlimited possibilities in one’s community and how these intersections can lead to more authentic learning opportunities.

Attendees will leave with authentic maps of their personal communities created through rapid iteration with feedback loops and will analyze different roles various community members can play in the development of learning and action. While the community maps will be authentic and individualized for action, they will be the product of collaboration and intentional focus on diverse environmental impact. 

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Grant Knowles

Normal Park Museum Magnet School, Chattanooga, TN

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Elyse Burden

CEO, Real World Scholars
Elyse Burden is the co-founder of Real World Scholars, a nonprofit organization supporting real-world learning experiences for young people around the country through entrepreneurship and creative problem-solving. Since the organization was founded in 2014, Elyse has been working... Read More →

Thursday March 28, 2019 10:30am - 4:30pm
HTE 203

Attendees (25)