Last year, I went with my Antioch classmates to the Teachers 4 Social Justice conference at Mission High School in San Francisco (read about it here). This free, one-day conference gathers such wonderful energy of teachers who are really committed to social justice work with their students. Personally, I explored workshops like: “Theory and Tools for Teaching Meaningful Resistance in and Beyond the Classroom” by Chela Delgado and Sarah Glasband, and “ReDefining Race in Our Classrooms: Supporting Mixed-Heritage Youth in their Educational Experiences” with Amanda Lopez and Angelique Lobo. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of all the great workshops that people were hosting that day!
This year, I am honored to join the community as a presenter, with my friend and colleague Geraldine Loveless. Our workshop, “Building Student Leadership and Social Change Through Challenge-Based Learning,” explores a model that inherently places the power for social change in the hands of students. Responding to a challenge, students research questions, learn content in meaningful ways, develop solutions to real-world problems, and take action to implement and evaluate their solutions. Students become architects, engineers, curators, and narrators of their own learning, taking advantage of the CBL model to gain content knowledge and “21st century” skills. Educators at our workshop will come away with a step-by-step plan for implementing a challenge with their students that engages them on a community issue!
We hope you’ll join us in San Francisco!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Mission High School, San Francisco
Read more about Challenge-Based Learning:
- Windward Water Challenge
- Challenging Ourselves to Challenge Our Students
- In the Midst of a Food Challenge
- Food Challenge at Mar Vista Green Tent