During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).

The Museum is the Project - opening historiography in the PBL context.

Session 4
James Elish

This session will investigate the place museums, those staid, oftenanachronistic institutions, have in an engaging PBL social studies curriculum. The proposal, to be expanded on below, asks teachers to understand museums as historical actors, rather than simply using them as glorified warehouses. In the PBL social studies classroom, students can engage with museums more actively by analyzing the storytelling role of the museum itself. In assessing questions of provenance, representation, and cultural sensitivity, the museum comes alive and provides a rich canvas for project integration. Museums are created by people and, as such, they are worthy of critique and analysis that goes beyond simply saying, “doesn’t that look cool.”

EduGen Dialogues

Session 6
Jennifer Orr, Michael Doyle

Gender, in all forms, plays a significant role in how education does or doesn’t work for many, both for students and adults. This session will explore our identified and unidentified biases. We will identify issues in education impacted by gender and work to develop plans to address these issues individually, at the school level, and beyond.

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