Parent Volunteers Needed

Field Expertise for Project Based Learning

Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our ELM teachers need help! We are in our 3rd year of project based learning and have grown! These projects require a real-world element that aides in the authentic learning experience for the students. We need parent volunteers as experts in a respective field to be a part of the project launch, possibly be available for critiquing the plans and student designs, and listen to students present their final product. This can be accomplished via phone, skype, or in person. We need numerous experts in various trades: interior design, plumbing, automotive, sales, volunteer work, engineering, writing, medical, legal, etc…. to name a few! Our goal is to gather a large pool of experts that would be available to help bring authentic learning and engagement to the classroom depending on the type of project and teacher design. If this sounds like something you can help with, please complete the KISD Volunteer form (see link), and the google form (see link) so that we can get the information to the teachers designing these highly engaging projects.

KISD Volunteer Link

Background Check for On Campus Participation:

Please note that we would love your help via email, phone call, skype, or on campus.

ELM Field of Expertise Parent Volunteer Sign-Up Form

ELM Projects....What is this?

It is critical to the fidelity and sustainability of the Engage! Learning Model to create readiness for moving from the teaching platform of the industrial model school to the learning platform for ELM. It is essential to engage all stakeholders in a conversation about the goals for the education system and then the context for education in this century and the appropriate methods to reach those goals. This perspective aids students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members in the creation of systems to support the shift from teaching to learning and the strategic abandonment of systems that no longer serves learners well in the current environment.

Below is a detailed description of what to expect in ELM projects (the Engage Learning Model) also known as PBL (Project Based Learning) units that teachers will launch this year.

Overview: ELM Projects are designed for students to attain mastery of standards while bringing an authentic, real-world challenge that is meaningful and engaging. Students are given the tools and can take ownership of their own learning.

Insight to what ELM looks like in the classroom

The students will be in groups for these projects. Each time a project is launched, they will have a new group. In the PBL, the students have a final product they will be working on over the course of the time allotted. As they work on this project, they are learning the standards as they go by working with their team on the research, attending workshops, and working on DIYs on their own. The final group product does not have a grade; however, it will always be presented to the class and/or an audience. The student’s grades come from the DIYs and progress checks based on the project standards or TEKS that they do on their own throughout the course of the project. Therefore, a student’s grade does not come from what their group does, but from their own work output. As the groups research and interact together, the idea is that they are collaborating, discussing, researching and peer tutoring within their groups. This does not mean that they never get instruction from the teacher. There are built in “lecture” times to make sure everyone is on the same page and provide basic notes as well as “workshops” that they attend with their teacher in a small group or one-on-one setting.

ELM Terminology:

· Learning Standards: These are aligned with the state TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) which are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do for the STAARS test. Students can see the project requirements as well as how the state words it for what they should know within a particular curriculum.

· Pre-Assessment: These are given at the beginning of each unit to let the students and teachers know where the prior knowledge on the subject lies. They are NOT a grade. Students do not study for these quizzes. They are designed to be an individualized learning plan as they move forward into the PBL.

· Google Drive/Estudio from ELM/Canvas/Edmodo: This is where the students will house, collaborate and turn in their work as they go depending on their teacher. Students use chromebooks in class to research. They connect to their google drives when they login, and they cannot save anything onto these computers. They are only used to surf the web and research. Google docs allow their group to share a file, link up, edit, and work on a piece of the project at the same time.

· DIYs: The “Do-It-Yourself” assignments. These assignments cover all the different learning types. Depending on a student’s score on the pre-assessment, they may be required to complete DIYs. If they score high on the pre-assessment, then they are obviously already close to mastering that standard. If they score low, then that’s ok, but they need more practice to help them master it.

· Workshops: These are small group sessions that students can attend throughout the course of the project that provide them with a more in-depth personal learning experience. Some days a teacher may say “If you need extra help on _____, I’m holding a workshop in the back.” Other days a teacher might call them by group, pre-assessment level, or even by name and invite them to join the teacher. These are designed to run similar to what you might see in a work place- go to a specific training or workshop on something and get in-depth information about it. Teachers have specific workshops on their project calendar that are pre-planned, but other workshops may be added or extended based on students’ needs as the project moves forward.