Newsletter- August 2014

Project Based Learning 

CTL Launches PBL in Indiana & Kentucky


Project based learning encourages student engagement, deep thinking and independent learning. Currently CTL is working with teams of teachers from three schools to implement CTL’s project based learning model: Penn HS in Mishawaka, IN, Mary Todd Elementary in Fayette County, KY and Jackson County High School in Jackson County, KY. (Image by Gabriel Rojas Hruska)

Meet Rita Messer

CTL welcomes Rita Messer, Educational Programs Specialist in Mathematics. Rita is excited about working with teachers in CTL’s Berea College Promise Neighborhood and GEAR UP Kentucky projects, supporting the development of new thinking and strategies for teaching math. Why did you decide to leave the classroom to focus on working with teachers? Teachers get a lot of professional development in their districts, but they don’t always get a lot of the PD they need for their content area and their own growth. It’s very exciting for me, being able to give those teachers what they need. What are some of the challenges math teachers face that PD can address? There’s been a whole conceptual shift. All teachers need to use a lot of strategies now that math teachers would not think of as traditional math strategies—having students ask questions, engage in dialogs, write…to contextualize for students what does this really mean.

In September, CTL celebrates its 20th anniversary with an education forum designed to develop actionable steps toward re-inventing the next 20 years of education. The focus will be on innovation, equity and systems change. In advance, we’ve invited local, state and national education leaders to blog about these themes: 

Innovation David Cook/Carmen Coleman/Sarah Almeda Equity Patrick Michel/Aaron Thompson/ Deborah Walker Systems Change Sharon Darling/Diane Ravitch/Allison Hunt

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