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Friday, July 17 • 10:20am - 11:25am
Bringing Authentic, Global Learning Experiences to Common Core: Projects that Make a Difference

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In order to engage students deeply in the Common Core with relevance and authenticity, District 21 in Wheeling, IL has partnered with the Pulitzer Center to bring contemporary real-world global issues to students through journalism projects. By framing the Out of Eden Walk, Ocean Health, and Everyday Africa projects with problem-based, authentic learning units connected to the Common Core, we created an exciting and meaningful context for students to collaborate with experts in the field, peers from around the globe, and their own communities to understand and address real-world problems.

Participants will leave with examples of how to:

*Engage students deeply in the Common Core through problem-based, authentic learning experiences
*Deepen professional practices of teachers and encourage risk-taking
*Create learner-centered classroom environments
*Connect classrooms across districts and across the world
*Use technology to publish student-created products and solutions

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →
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Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza