Da Vinci Schools Linked Learning Offerings Spring 2016
Da Vinci Schools are dedicated to preparing students for college completion and 21st-century jobs through real-world, Project Based Learning that is aligned to workforce needs. Based on feedback and interest from visitors in the fall, the visits over the course of the spring 2016 semester have been designed to provide a more in-depth dive into two key practices at Da Vinci: Project Based Learning and Mastery Based Grading. We will also once again host visitors for our Student Presentations of Learning.
Project Based Learning
(Recommended that teachers and coaches interested in PBL attend all three days, but participants are welcome to come for individual dates as well)
Tuesday Feb 23rd PBL in the Real World, Day 1 8:30-12:30
Focus for the day: crafting effective Driving Questions; identifying Essential Skills and Knowledge; brainstorming deliverables; Critical Friends Group (CFG) on work planned during the morning.
Tuesday March 8th PBL in the Real World, Day 2 8:30-12:30
Focus for the day: managing group work in the PBL setting; creating group roles in PBL; effective CFUs and scaffolding within PBL; CFG on work planned during the morning.
Tuesday April 5th PBL in the Real World, Day 3 8:30-12:30
Focus for the day: effective feedback and assessment throughout the PBL processes; using rubrics, CFGs, Exhibition Nights, and POLs to support PBL.
Mastery Based Grading
(Highly recommended that small teams from schools attend together to better build a critical mass at the school ready to institute the practice, but individuals are of course welcome as well!)
Tuesday April 26th Mastery Based Grading 8:30-12:30
Focus: For staffs or critical groups of teachers from schools who are interested in doing MBG in the 16-17 school year. Will focus on the paradigm shift necessary for a pivot to MBG from traditional, along with the nuts and bolts for how to do it.
Student Presentations of Learning
Wednesday June 1st Student Presentations of Learning, Da Vinci Science 9:15-11:45
Focus: Observations of Student Presentations of Learning, followed by a conversation with Da Vinci school leaders about POLs. Presentations of Learning are a performance assessment tool designed to assess deeper learning. They are held at the end of every semester.
If you are interested in attending one of the above events, please contact Scott Weatherford at email@example.com