Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Introduction to Design-Based Learning

August 5, 2019 8:30 am - August 7, 2019 3:30 pm

August 5-7, 2019  8:30am – 3:30pm

A 3-day workshop introducing K-12 teachers and specialists to the Design-Based Learning methodology and the development of a standards-aligned, integrated curriculum.

Do you want to ignite creativity and critical thinking skills, elevate social consciousness, and promote civics accountability in your classroom, all while meeting grade-level standards? Join us for an introduction to the Design-Based Learning methodology that uses hands-on Design Challenges to engage students and support 21st century learning.

During the 3-day introductory workshop, teachers will practice tools and techniques for guiding students to build and revise Never-Before-Seen 3-D artifacts, including a creature or avatar, a shelter, and miniature starter city. The development of standards-aligned Guided Lessons specific to each grade level and subject area will be taught for each Design Challenge.

The Doreen Nelson method of Design-Based Learning™ is a student-centered approach that uses the spatial domain to engage students in seeking and solving real-life problems in the context of what they build. Students learn to bring their ideas and opinions to the table and how to thoughtfully navigate discourse with others. They practice listening and speaking skills and become accountable for their learning.

Data collected from K-12 teachers practicing this methodology worldwide over the past 40 years shows that various types of learners, including English Language Learners, at-risk, Gifted and Talented, and students with special needs make significant gains on standardized tests.

This is not an art project to be judged for the aesthetic quality of students’ creations. As students build and revise their roughly made, original artifacts, they willingly learn academic subject matter content and ways to use and reuse information in a variety of settings.

Workshop Fee

Single Participant – $400.00
Teacher Pair – (Two teachers from the same school) $370.00/each


August 5, 2019 8:30 am
August 7, 2019 3:30 pm
Event Categories:
Event Tags:




Jessica Heim