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MPC Summer Institute – Constructing 21st Century Learning Experiences

Featuring Diana Laufenberg

Administrators’ Academy Credit #1152 – Developing Academic, Thinking and Character Skills for 21st Century Schools

The age of information surplus is upon us and the information is everywhere. Understanding and shifting to that reality in our schools is both daunting and exciting. Join us for two days of exploration into the strategies, tools and resources that yield teaching and learning agile enough to evolve with the shifting information and standards landscape we all navigate in the profession. It is time to move beyond asking what our students know and asking what they can create, innovate and imagine from that knowledge. Many resources are widely available to modernize our classrooms and schools. It’s time for our classrooms to meet the exciting realities of a modern educational approach. Specific teaching units, resources and strategies will be shared. Participants are encouraged to bring units, lessons or objectives that they are currently using in the classrooms and/or schools.

Attendees will:

  • Explore the core values of modern learning
  • Experience and participate in activities to expose teachers to a wide range of model projects and methods that can be used to design their own lessons and units.
  • Explore the systems and structures that must change so that the greatest number of students, teachers and principals can thrive, learn and feel valued.
  • Participate in break-out sessions designed specifically for both elementary and secondary levels.
  • Create and/or revise  a unit or series of lessons throughout the two day workshop that meet the demands of the standards, while also valuing the role of the student as an active learner
  • Explore a wide range of digital tools and resources that can open up a world of possibilities for an inquiry-driven and/or project based learning environment
  • Investigate the role of global collaboration and how it can complement your existing curriculum

Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies and currently teaches at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Before finding her way to Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor’s Master Teacher Corps. Recently she was featured on TED.com for the “How to Learn? From Mistakes” talk and recognized for earning National Board Certification. Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, an upcoming article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and regular contributions to www.teachinghistory.org.


Center for Professional Learning   1519 S. Grace St., Lombard, IL 60148
June 24-25. 2015                8:30 AM – 3:15 PM

Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 am – 8:30 am.    Lunch is provided.

If you would like a vegetarian or gluten free meal, please call Tresie at 630-495-6080.

Program Fees
Individual Member or Partner District Member        $300 (2 days)
Non-Member/Non-Partner                                       $400 (2 days)
Academy/CPD Credit Fee                                        $  15

Teams of 5 or more One Administrator Free! (Contact Tresie Curcio 630-495-6080)