With student priorities and educational standards constantly evolving, it’s critical educators are given the training and tools they need to keep up. Defined Academy tailors project based learning to your district’s professional development needs so instructors can complete continuing education hours while expanding their curriculums.
Depending on an instructor’s experience with project based learning, there are three stepping stones to the Defined Academy learning experience:
Educators dive into the basics and applications of PBL, as well as its purpose, design, and implementation.
Educators receive guided coaching to refine their practices in one-on-one as well as group settings.
Educators show their expertise by completing micro-credential activities which count towards district certification hours.
50% of teachers leave the profession within five years because they lack support.
Teacher leadership is second only to instruction among school-related factors that improve student achievement.
Professional development makes education more relevant and engaging for students.
Why Choose Defined Academy?
Teachers need support and resources just as much as their students do. When teachers are given the opportunity to strengthen their own learning and understanding, those benefits immediately translate to the classroom.
With Defined Academy, educators explore their personal specialties alongside district requirements. It’s the ideal way to combine educational creativity and government standards.
Our lessons now require an emphasis on critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving, creativity and the active use of many higher-level cognitive skills. Defined Learning’s project-based learning resources have saved us valuable time spent curriculum planning.- Art Fessler, Superintendent, Community Consolidated School District 59, Illinois
Defined Learning offers us the ability to infuse real-life project-based learning in the form of highly engaging and customizable cross-curricular projects to reach every child. Students are excited to work with a real-world application of the content and standards for every subject area through the lens of a career, product, business idea, or professional. Teachers are in awe of the work ethic, engagement, understanding, and connections students are making to content and to the 21st Century Skills needed to succeed in the world today.- Erin Zmuda, K-8 Mathematics Supervisor, Clifton School District, NJ
The Learning Never Ends
Despite what your students may think, teachers don’t know everything. The key to inspire deeper learning is to pass on the skills of hands-on self-education. When instructor skills and understanding grow, student skills and understanding grow as well. The connections are clear. Supporting educators is vital to a healthy learning environment.