CEL brought 32 educators from its six Partner Schools to take part in a deep-dive Exchange with MIT staff and faculty. The goals for the week were to participate in immersive experiences around project-based-learning, to develop skills to become change agents in schools or classrooms, to develop a concrete project idea for their schools, and to gain experience in communication and persuasion by pitching their lesson or project to their peers.
Over the course of the week, participants traveled to learn from innovation hubs all over campus, including D-Lab, Edgerton Center, and the Media Lab, and participated in activities designed to jumpstart their thinking about project-based curriculum-building.
Participants from the six Partner Schools came up with different ideas to solve teaching & learning problems in their context. Topics included working with the elderly to help them solve challenges of daily life, a mentoring program between older and younger students, and a traffic efficiency initiative prompted by the daily traffic jams teachers experience going to and from school etc. After five days of sharing ideas and learning together, participants were refreshed and inspired to take on new challenges.
Organized by Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) and held in Boston, this J-WEL Exchange provided opportunities for 30 educators to engage in hands-on learning activities. By collaborating with MIT faculty and staff focusing on STEM, they covered topics such as pedagogy, curriculum, professional development etc.