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Author: Shayla Adams-Stafford

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Weekly tips, interviews, strategies and best practices in implementing Project Based Learning from Instructional Coach Shayla Adams-Stafford.
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How can you use technical experts as MORE than just presenters? Join us today as we chat with Dayna Laur , Co-Founder of Project ARC. We cover everything from moving beyond Driving Questions with Launch Questions, to an interdisciplinary project nightmare, to how to successfully and thoughtfully integrate technical experts. Dayna's professional work has focused on the research behind connecting learners to subject matter experts as they leverage their value-added feedback in order to improve authentic challenge outcomes. You can check out her books on Authentic Learning and upcoming events at http://www.proj-arc.com/resources/products-and-publications/.  To learn more about the PlacED Conference e this summer, email info@proj-arc.com. #educator #projects #pbl #pblinpractice #teachers #edchat
Join us this week as we chat with Brad Sever, School Leader who drops knowledge on how we can transform our PLC's to support PBL. He pushes listeners to move past "surface" level learning and get our students thinking about their own thinking! Brad is a National Faculty member of PBLWorks based in Indiana. Keep up with Brad on Twitter: @bradsever
Our guest this week Mike Kaechele discusses is successful Water Project and how to combine SEL Competencies within a Project Based Setting.  Mike is currently a facilitator and travels the country supporting teachers in PBL practices and curriculum. If your school is focusing on improving SEL, this is a great episode! Mike has a PBL/SEL crosswalk you can access here. If you are not familiar with the CASEL Framework, access it here. Keep up with Mike on his blog michaelkaechele.com and in his facebook group SELinPBL , where be posts as SEL resource daily. He is also on Twitter @@mikekaechele Thanks for tuning in and don't forget to #subscribe! www.pblinpractice.com! #Projectbasedlearning #pblinpractice #deeperlearning #SEL #PBL 
This episode I wanted to discuss a common dilemma some teachers face this time of year; whether to give a project over break! These are some thoughts I have on this issue, but I would love to hear from you! Comment in the FB group PBLinPractice or connect with me on twitter: stafford_shayla.   Here is the link I mentioned to the True Colors activity: www.jsu.edu/education/co-teaching/docs/pairs_training.pdf 
Join me as I chat with PBL Math gurus Telannia Norfar and Chris Fancher as we break down commonly held myths about implementing PBL in the Math Classroom...with their book by that same title :) These two are dropping major gems about how to successfully integrate PBL strategies with math topics. Grab their book if you are already implementing PBL in your math class or plan to this year...a must read! https://www.amazon.com/Project-Based-Learning-Classroom-Chris-Fancher/dp/1618218654 Follow them on social media for great blogs and news of their upcoming projects- @cfanch and @thnorfar
Maker Teachers Andrea Wilson-Vazquez and Hannah Cushing share how they use creativity, reflection, an AMAZING management system and patience to inspire Alternative and EBD Students through "Passion Based" Learning. Keep up with them online; Twitter: Hannah- @teachercush, Andrea- Twitter: @wilsandrea and on Instagram @wecmakerspace !
Join us as our guest Jon Kelley shares how he used a real evironmental and public health issue, car idling, to teach students about the scientific process. Hear how he was able to engage community experts and excite students around this challenge! Jon is based out of Delaware, OH where he is a middle school science instructor. Keep up with him on Twitter @mrkelley64!j
This week school director Peter Wieczorek shares with us how his staff uses @headrush to manage student projects. At his school, which is completely student centered, students engage highly personalized individual and group projects, so a tool like this is a must! Keep up with Peter on twitter @peter_nwp To learn more about Headrush and how you can use this in your school/classroom, head over to http://headrushlearning.com/
Join us for a chat with Instructional Coach, veteran educator, and life-long questioner Jill Ackers as she shares with us how her own personal experiences influenced her coaching and how she transformed her coaching style to meet the needs of inquiry based spaces. Jill has been an educator for over twenty years. Her experience spans teaching and leading in preschool, middle school math, high school engineering, technology and at the university level training school leaders and professors.  You can keep up with Jill on twitter-- @IBPBLJill
Join us this week as we chat with PBL educator Alprentice Mccutchen as he breaks down his concept of the 'Super Unit' which he uses to bring PBL 'depth and not breadth' to this challenging course! Keep up with Al on Twitter @AlprenticeM !
Join us as we hear from Brandon Johnson, a proven PBL School Leader as we discuss the ups and downs of leading a wall-to-wall PBL School! He talks about how to get your staff to rally around a 'common language' and flip the learning experience during Professional Development. Brandon has been named a distinguished administrator by the TMEA and is a Top 25 STEAM educator to follow on Twitter... so follow him for more great tips ! @bjohnsonedu, https://bjohnsonedu.com
This week we talk with PBL Coach, Teacher, and School Designer Andrew Biros as he drops tons of gems on how to involve students in the actual project design process and how vulnerability in the classroom can be a good thing! He challenges us to think about the 'what' and 'how' of PBL and gives some great resources along the way! Keep up with Andrew on twitter @andrewbiros
Dara Laws-Savage describes how she uses her innovative Carter Awards program to bring ELA research to life! Keep up with Dara online @ Twitter: @msdlaws, and in her Facebook group: Savage Educational Consulting!
Our guest this week Ted Malefyt breaks down how he uses Loom to provide effective, screen-recorded feedback to students to create dynamic projects. Best part--- this tool is free! Ted also delves into the intersection of Tech and Nature and how he balances the two to create authentic projects! Keep up with Ted and his awesome work at the STREAM School @tedmalefyt, stream school.weebly.com or shoot him an email ted@outdoordiscovery.org.
Join us as we talk with PBL Powerhouse Ginger Lewman as she shares how she breaks silos that exists in schools to help students and teachers realize the power of connection. Ginger is a Keynote speaker, author and teacher. You can purchase her latest book "Lessons for LifePractice Learning" filled with tons of awesome tips and strategies. Twitter: @GingerLewman, Facebook: Ginger Lewman, LifePractice PBL (page), Practicing PBL (group) Insta: GingerLewman, Snapchat (and PBL edu group): GingerMokeev Websites: www.GingerLewman.org www.LifePracticePBL.org www.STEAMmakerCamp.org Online course: practicingpbl.teachable.com
Join us as we chat with Lauren Mckenzie, a D.C. based ELA and SS educator, as she shares how she helps students connect and create empathy for a project through restorative practices. For more info on Lauren and her project you can reach her at lauren.mckenzie@dc.gov.!
This week on our very first #TechTuesday we have the opportunity to speak with Jorge Valenzuela- a computer scientist enthusiast, and writer who breaks down how to use @littleBits with projects both at school and at home! Keep up with Jorge on his blog www.lifelonglearningdefined.com or on twitter @JorgedoesPBL !
This week we chat with PBL Principal Lacrecia Terrance as she discusses how she invigorates her staff, especially when they are feeling worn out from back to back projects. She also shares an inspiring story about a young man who overcame significant obstacles using PBL! Keep up with Lacrecia on Twitter @LadyFTerrance
Join us as we chat with Aaron Eisburg, learning facilitator at Center for Excellence as he shares with us how he helps teachers and students find clarity in the midst of crazy projects! He also shares how learning lab tours can be a great source of PD and much more! Keep up with Aaron @eisbergpbl and the Center for Excellence @newtechhighcfe.
Join us as we chat with Charity Parsons of @idoschool as she breaks down how she shatters stereotypes about what Black males can do through her dynamic interdisciplinary projects. She empowers teachers all over the country by giving them space to think, research and create great PBL! Follow her on Twitter @idoschool or check out www.idoschool.com!
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