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September 19, 2019

CPSI announces professional development session on project-based learning

Submitted by Patrice Scott

A leader in project-based learning will present the school year's first address next week as part of the Effective Schools Conference Series hosted by the Council for Public School Improvement, or CPSI. Educators in K-12 schools are invited to attend. 

Suzie Boss, PBLWorks national faculty member, writer and education consultant, will present "Project-Based Teaching: Classroom Strategies for Deeper Learning" at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the K-State Alumni Center. The cost is $95 for council members and $145 for nonmembers. Registration is open.

Project-based learning is an important strategy in school redesign, and Boss' presentation outlines the seven teaching practices that ensure deep learning. She has produced several videos on this and other education-related topics.

"The CPSI steering committee has done an incredible job of assembling a slate of highly regarded national experts," said Tonnie Martinez, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction and CPSI executive director. "Beyond their impressive resumes, each engaging speaker brings a passionate advocacy for deeper learning, equity and change in our school systems, aligning perfectly with Kansas Can efforts for school redesign. We look forward to welcoming educators from across the state ready to deepen their repertoire of innovative practices."

Speakers for upcoming CPSI sessions:

  • Kayla Delzer, North Dakota Teacher of the Year, two-time Global Hundred honoree and named "one of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States," will present "Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners" on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

  • Steve Graner, project developer for the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, will present "Childhood Trauma and the Neurosequential Model in Education" on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

  • Brenda Vogds, director of the Institute for Personalized Learning, will present "Personalized Learning: A Journey Towards Learner-Centered Education" on Thursday, April 2. 

The Effective Schools Conference Series is the cornerstone of the council's professional development program. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and each session is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the K-State Alumni Center. Morning refreshments, program materials and lunch are included in the conference fees.