Learning Together

Learning Forward

July 5 - 9, 2021

Virtual (ZOOM)

 

One Voice 4 Change, in collaboration with PathLight International, is thrilled to announce a professional learning experience that brings teachers from Belize and the US together to design student-driven, experiential learning strategies.

This one-week ignite professional virtual learning experience is designed by and for Belizean educators aimed at forging relationships, friendships, partnerships and peer mentorships.

Teachers will learn how to:

  • Facilitate Industry Inspired and Informed Learning 

  • Strengthen and Build Community Through a Lifelong Learning Culture

  • Apply 21st-Century Skills (communication, collaboration, project management, systems thinking, design process, etc.)

  • Connect Student Interests and Passions to Infinite Opportunities

  • Design the Future of Global Learning

  • Build Real-World PBL Lessons (Problem Based Learning) and QUESTS

QUEST - https://captainplanetfoundation.org/  Empowering Next Generation Changemakers! Laura Arndt, Global GreenSTEM

 

Over 500 Belizean Teachers will participate, representing primary schools through high school. Twenty-five US teachers will be selected to participate in multiple diverse and  globally-minded professional learning sessions.

In addition to teachers attending, there will be several subject matter experts, industry leaders, business partners, students, and nationally known educational leaders.

We also will be Building Ships!

Relationships

 

Mentorships, Partnerships

Internships, Apprenticeships

Friendships, Sponsorships

In an initiative called Building Ships, we are bringing together local, national, and even international communities to discover how to empower students via simple relationships and collaborations with industry and subject matter experts. What we are finding is that Building Ships is essential to facilitating the infinite potential for ALL students.

Vision: Students who are connected to an entire community feel supported and will thrive in joyful learning opportunities.

 

Mission: We are inviting industry, community, and businesses to join us in making sure every student has the kind of ships that promote kindness, readiness for future careers, and passion for infinite opportunities to help humanity.

There are all kinds of challenges these days that people are trying to solve, and we’re done with the easy problems. We’re entering grand challenges that aren’t going to be solved by a person or company, they’re going to be solved by a community. 

  

                - Scott Sieke, (graduate student at CU Boulder who works with Science Discovery)

Belizean Teachers: Sign up through the PathLight website: https://pathlight.org/teacher-training

US Teachers: Please Contact Gregg Cannady @ gregg.cannady@stemk12.org

The US teachers will be able to receive graduate relicensure credit.

Learning Goals: Real Teachers and Students Tackling Real Problems

  • QUEST for Students - The Belize Water Project – Saving Belize’s Most Precious Resource

  • Problem Based Teaching Approaches to Online Learning – Connecting the Dots – How Do I Know I am Doing this Right?

  • Designing a Design Challenge for Online Elementary Class – “Weh Deh Fuh Eat” – Practical Solutions to Bridge the Feeding Gap – Belize’s School Feeding Program for Primary Schools.

  • 21st Century Teaching - How to Best Involve Industry Experts into my Online Classrooms? – Light Gaan Up – Understanding the Role of Utility Industries in Education

  • Connecting with Industry Experts - The Right Questions to Ask? – Sheiks vs Shale – Oil Industry in Belize/US – What Does the Future Hold when you Dream Big?

  • Engaging Students in the 5 C’s for Collaborative Learning – What’s the Point of Potential? – Fostering Creativity, Critical Thinking, Competence, Communication and Compassion for Any Learner

Educational Partners:

Anne Tweed, Director of STEM Learning Solutions, LLC in Denver

Gregg Cannady, Collaboration and Concept Development, STEM School Highlands Ranch

Belize to US Grade Level Conversions

 

Belize Pre-K = US Grades K-3

Belize Primary School = US Grades 4-8

Belize HS = US Grades 9-12

 

Schedule for the Week

Each Day Begins with a Soft Start

8:45 - 9:00 am

Daily Overview & Questions

Monday & Tuesday are designed for High School. (US Grades 9-12)

Wednesday & Thursday are designed for Belize Primary. (US Grades K-8)

Friday will have interest strands for all grade levels. 

Monday, July 5

(Belize HS / US Grades 6-12) 

Monday's sessions will be divided into two grade-level tracks : 

Energy - High School (US Grades 9-12)

Water - Primary School (US Grades 4-8)

"Energy That Works for a Green Economy"

Dr. Jennifer Campbell-Smith &  General Electric Renewable Energy

  • 9:00 - 10:15 am - A Story to Inspire & Inform: Told by Dr. Campbell-Smith, her students, and representatives from GE Renewable Energy. (Story, Discussion, Q & A)

 

  • 10:30 - 11:30 am -  The Approach: A deeper dive into the approach - Student Driven / Teacher Facilitated / GE Inspired and Informed

 

  • 11:30 am  - 12:00 pm  Q & A: Belizean Teachers discuss ideas for what this may look like in their communities and what they need to know to design their own experiences. 

 

In the afternoon, teachers are divided into smaller groups and they design their own learning adventure inspired and informed by "Energy That Works for a Green Economy."

 

  • 1:00 - 1:15 pm - Setting Goals for the Afternoon Session and Assign Breakout Rooms

 

  • 1:15 - 2:15 pm - Teachers Collaborate in Designing PBL Adventures to be used in the Fall for their school.

 

  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Teachers Present their Collaborative Work and PBL Design.  Peers will provide key feedback and suggestions for improvement.

 

  • 3:30 - 3:45 -  Beyond the One and Done: Participants will discuss sustainability and schedule follow up sessions for the Fall to discuss and review progress on their PBL implementation.

"Water is for Everyone" 

  Brittany Lang & Anil Chopra 

 

 

  • 9:00 - 10:15 am - A Story to Inspire & Inform: Told by Brittany Lang/Anil Chopra, her students, and representatives from Water is for Everyone. (Story, Discussion, Q & A)

 

  • 10:30 - 11:30 am -  The Approach: A deeper dive into the  approach - Student Driven / Teacher Facilitated / Student  Inspired and Informed

 

  • 11:30 am  - 12:00 pm  Q & A: Belizean Teachers discuss ideas for what this may look like in their communities and what they need to know to design their own experiences. 

 

In the afternoon, teachers are divided into smaller groups and they design their own learning adventure inspired and informed by "Water is for Everyone."

 

  • 1:00 - 1:15 pm - Setting Goals for the Afternoon Session and Assign Breakout Rooms

 

  • 1:15 - 2:15 pm - Teachers Collaborate in Designing QUEST Adventures to be used in the Fall for their school.

 

  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Teachers Present their Collaborative Work and QUEST Design.  Peers will provide key feedback and suggestions for improvement.

 

  • 3:30 - 3:45 -  Beyond the One and Done: Participants will discuss sustainability and schedule follow up sessions for the Fall to discuss and review progress on their QUEST implementation.

 

 

Tuesday, July 6

(Belize HS / US Grades 6-12) 

Morning Sessions  

FIVE Cs

  1. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  2. Communication 

  3. Collaboration 

  4. Citizenship (global and local)

  5. Creativity & Innovation

 

Extra Credit: Compassion 

 

9:00 - 10:15 am -  Panel Discussions: Led by teachers and Belizean Business/Industry SME who have stories to tell and strategies for  implementation with the 5 Cs.

 

Professional Choice Boards

Teachers will have the opportunity to attend two breakout rooms from the choices below.

 

10:30 - 11:15 am - Five Breakout Rooms (One for Each C):  Teachers design learning experiences inspired and informed by the panel discussions

 

11:20 am - 12:00 pm - Five Breakout Rooms (One for Each C):  Teachers design learning experiences inspired and informed by the panel discussions

 

Afternoon Sessions  

21st-Century Skills

1:15 - 2:30 pm -  Panel Discussions: Led by teachers and Belizean Business/Industry SME who have stories to tell and strategies for implementation of 21st-Century Skills. 

 

Professional Choice Boards

Teachers will have the opportunity to attend one breakout room to do deeper dives

 

2:40 - 3:30 pm - Breakout Rooms:  Teachers design learning experiences inspired and informed by the panel discussions

 

3:35 - 3:45 pm - Daily Summary and Prep for Tomorrow

 

Wednesday, July 7

Belize Primary (US Grades K-5)

Wednesday's sessions will be divided into tracks : (teachers choose one)

  1. "Project Giving Gardens" 

  2. "Biomimicry"  

"Project Giving Gardens" 

  Laura Arndt & Global GreenSTEM  

 

  • 9:00 - 10:15 am - A Story to Inspire & Inform: Told by Laura Arndt, her students, and representatives from Global GreenSTEM. (Story, Discussion, Q & A)

 

  • 10:30 - 11:30 am -  The Approach: A deeper dive into the  approach - Student Driven / Teacher Facilitated / Student  Inspired and Informed

 

  • 11:30 am  - 12:00 pm  Q & A: Belizean Teachers discuss ideas for what this may look like in their communities and what they need to know to design their own experiences. 

 

In the afternoon, teachers are divided into smaller groups and they design their own learning adventure inspired and informed by "Project Giving Gardens."

 

  • 1:00 - 1:15 pm - Setting Goals for the Afternoon Session and Assign Breakout Rooms

 

  • 1:15 - 2:15 pm - Teachers Collaborate in Designing QUEST Adventures to be used in the Fall for their school.

 

  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Teachers Present their Collaborative Work and QUEST Design.  Peers will provide key feedback and suggestions for improvement.

 

  • 3:30 - 3:45 -  Beyond the One and Done: Participants will discuss sustainability and schedule follow up sessions for the Fall to discuss and review progress on their QUEST implementation.

 

"Biomimicry" 

  Sam Stier & The Center for Learning with Nature

 

  • 9:00 - 10:15 am - A Story to Inspire & Inform: Told by Sam Stier, and representatives from Center for Learning with Nature. (Story, Discussion, Q & A)

 

  • 10:30 - 11:30 am -  The Approach: A deeper dive into the  approach - Student Driven / Teacher Facilitated / Student  Inspired and Informed

 

  • 11:30 am  - 12:00 pm  Q & A: Belizean Teachers discuss ideas for what this may look like in their communities and what they need to know to design their own experiences. 

 

In the afternoon, teachers are divided into smaller groups and they design their own learning adventure inspired and informed by "Biomimicry."

 

  • 1:00 - 1:15 pm - Setting Goals for the Afternoon Session and Assign Breakout Rooms

 

  • 1:15 - 2:15 pm - Teachers Collaborate in Designing Design Challenge Adventures to be used in the Fall for their school.

 

  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Teachers Present their Collaborative Work and Design Challenge Design.  Peers will provide key feedback and suggestions for improvement.

 

  • 3:30 - 3:45 -  Beyond the One and Done: Participants will discuss sustainability and schedule follow up sessions for the Fall to discuss and review progress on their Design Challenge implementation.

 

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Thursday, July 8 

Belize Primary (US Grades K-5)

Morning Sessions  

FIVE Cs

  1. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 

  2. Communication 

  3. Collaboration 

  4. Citizenship (global and local)

  5. Creativity & Innovation

 

Extra Credit: Compassion 

 

9:00 - 10:15 am -  Panel Discussions: Led by teachers and Belizean Business/Industry SME who have stories to tell and strategies for  implementation of the 5Cs.

 

Professional Choice Boards

Teachers will have the opportunity to attend two breakout rooms from the choices below.

 

10:30 - 11:15 am - Five Breakout Rooms (One for Each C):  Teachers design learning experiences inspired and informed by the panel discussions

 

11:20 am - 12:00 pm - Five Breakout Rooms (One for Each C):  Teachers design learning experiences inspired and informed by the panel discussions

 

Afternoon Sessions  

21st-Century Skills

1:15 - 2:30 pm -  Panel Discussions: Led by teachers and Belizean Business/Industry SME who have stories to tell and strategies for implementation of 21st-Century Skills.

 

Professional Choice Boards

Teachers will have the opportunity to attend one breakout room to do deeper dives

 

2:40 - 3:30 pm - Breakout Rooms:  Teachers design learning experiences inspired and informed by the panel discussions

 

3:35 - 3:45 pm - Daily Summary and Prep for Tomorrow

 

Friday, July 9

Belize Primary/HS (US Grades K-12)

 

Connecting with Industry Experts 

The Right Questions to Ask? How Can I Better Engage Local Experts in My Classroom? 

9:00 - 9:45 am

Strand One: High School (US Grades 9-12)  - Martian Greenhouse  LINK

Strand Two:  Primary School (US Grades 4-8) - Belizean Connections

Strand Three Pre-K (US Grades K-3) - Play Planning  /  Organized Play  with Elena Bedrova

9:50 - 10:35 am

Strand One: High School (US Grades 9-12)  - Visa "Future Me"

Strand Two:  Primary School (US Grades 4-8) - Belizean Connections

Strand ThreePre-K (US Grades K-3) -Play Planning  /  Organized Play  with Elena Bedrova

 

Experiential Learning

How to Use Real World Experiences to Teach Subject Matter to Students

 

10:40 - 11:30 am

Strand One: High School (US Grades 9-12)  - Caribbean Perspectives 

Strand Two:  Primary School (US Grades 4-8) - Belizean Innovative Learning Adventure

Strand Three Pre-K (US Grades K-3) - Using Music for Learning with Juliette Burrowes  

Lunch Break - 12:00-1:00 pm

1:00 -1:45 pm

Strand One: High School (US Grades 9-12)  - Virtual Fields Trips 

Strand Two:  Primary School (US Grades 4-8) - The Sweet Sounds of Science  LINK

Strand Three Pre-K (US Grades K-3) - Pawthestics  / 3D Printing 

2:00 - 3:30 pm 

Celebration of Global Learning

  • Speed Dating -  Get to Know You - 5 X 5 Breakout Rooms  "Give One / Get One"

  • Conference Highlights

Reflections & Connections

  • Survey of Conference

  • Sharing What Worked 

  • What Now?

Registration: US Teachers/Participants​

* You can participate in any part of the Teacher Professional Learning Experience without applying for CSM credit. The Colorado School of Mines credit is optional and can even be variable according to contact hours.

Contact Gregg Cannady to receive pre-conference information, resources,

and a chance to discuss your involvement.

gregg.cannady@stemk12.org 

Course Expenses:

 

  • CSM Tuition: 2 credits (30 contact hours, tuition $105), 1 credit (15 contact hours, tuition $58), and 0.5 credit (7.5 contact hours, tuition $42) 

  • PathLight International Registration Application Fee:  $60.00 

Pre-Conference Professional Learning Orientation

 

Teacher Roles: Facilitator or Teacher

 

Consuelo Godfrey (M.Ed.), Director of Teacher Training for PathLight International, and Anne Tweed, Director of STEM Learning Solutions, LLC in Denver, will be joining these meetings to discuss strategies to be implemented at teacher training in Belize. These ZOOM meetings are optional.

All teachers registered will be invited to attend. (Dates & Times TBA)

About Belize:  A Gift from Belize to the US Teachers. LINK

 

GOAL: To understand the QUEST approach before applying it during the conference.

Fundraising to Support this Teacher Professional Learning Experience

Your donations to One Voice 4 Change will be used to raise funds for the following:

  • Stipends to Support 20 US Teachers in Designing the Event / Pre-Conference  ($200.00 each) 

  • Subscriptions to ZOOM Professional Licences ($1,000.00)

  • Honorariums for US Educational Experts Attending ($700.00)

  • **Teacher Grants to Implement Lessons Designed at this Teacher Professional Learning Event. ($200.00 - $500.00 Grants)

TOTAL NEEDED: $7,000.00

GREAT NEWS!

Combined donations received will be matched up to a total of $2,000.00. If our donors raise $2,000.00, matching donations mean that $4,000.00 will be available to support Learning Together, Learning Forward.

**If we raise more than $7,000.00, we can support partnerships in learning, including additional grants for teachers to implement lessons that  create world-wide educational partnerships that inspire learning and global citizenship.  These grants will cover maker spaces, materials, and other expenses directly related to the vision and mission of One Voice 4 Change.  

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