When Professional Development Treats Teachers as Competent and Creative

Each summer for the past twelve years, educators from around the world convene at the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute where they learn about learning by taking off their teacher hats, putting on their learner hats, and enjoy the luxury of spending four days working on personally meaningful projects. Project ideas come from the imaginations of participants and often employ cutting edge technologies and materials. Year after year, educators demonstrate their capacity, creativity, and competence by creating complex projects that take our breath away. They do so without any instruction, but in a supportive community with a mountain of resources, peers, an exceptional faculty, and conversations with remarkable guest speakers.

This page features a selection of videos CMK participants made to chronicle their creations.

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CMK 2017 Reflection by Andrea Brothman from CMK 2017 on Vimeo.

Balloon Drone made at CMK 2017. from CMK 2017

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The Poetry of Wind from CMK 2017 on Vimeo.

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