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Friday, August 3 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Maker-Centered Approach to Educator Professional Development

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This symposium examines professional development (PD) in maker education, bringing together scholars at the forefront of the maker movement in education. We will share a selection of four separate studies. To explore the notion of scale in maker-based PD, these studies range from single sites to city-wide systems. Beyond individual programs, these multiyear, multisite studies represent successful partnerships across educational settings. As making proliferates, successful makerspaces are increasingly being asked to provide PD to classroom teachers. This raises questions about learning through making and teaching through making. This symposium aims to incite dialogue about how, why, and what it means to learn to teach through making.


Thomas Akiva

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Sharon Colvin

Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh
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Jeffrey Evancho

Assistant to the Superintendent, South Fayette Township SD
Jeff Evancho is the Assistant to the Superintendent for Secondary Education at the South Fayette Township School District as well as an active leader within the Remake Learning Network. Jeff has been championing remaking learning for all children for his near 2-decade career in education... Read More →

Annie McNamara

Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
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Emily Schindler

Doctoral Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Peter Wardrip

Assistant Professor of STEAM Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Peter Wardrip is an Assistant Professor of STEAM Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on informal/formal learning collaborations, professional learning for educators, formative assessment and making as a learning process. Peter earned his PhD in Learning... Read More →

Friday August 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Media Lab - Multi-purpose Room, 6th Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA