Whole School Transformation and Connected Learning
From 2013-15, the Center for Community Arts Partnerships is implementing the Convergence Academies —a whole school reform model in “connected learning” at two under-performing, high need, low-tech Chicago schools. In this panel, audiences will learn first hand how media artists serving as coaches and a Digital Atelier incubation lab are helping transform instructional practice, integrate digital media into unit design and connect students to interest-driven learning pathways.
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- to learn about an innovative new model called the digital atelier that draws on maker culture, HOMAGO theory and Reggio-Emilia inspired practices to create connected learning experiences for students - bridging informal and formal learning.
- To learn what steps principals need to take to integrate digital media into schools that lack basic tech infrastructure and where teachers are struggling with curriculum design, technology and Common Core.
- To see teachers using instructional practices based on our 6 pillars (iterative learning, play, critical response, authentic participation, collaboration, choice of expression). How do you move from last resort to becoming a school of first choice?
Mindy Faber, Co-Director, CCAP-Columbia College, Convergence Academies