Making Across the Curriculum Conference

Mark your calendar now for the Making Across the Curriculum conference, to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Washington International School in Washington, DC. (There will be a pre-conference afternoon option on Friday, May 17.)

Making Across the Curriculum (MAC) is an ongoing research endeavor of the Agency by Design initiative based at Project Zero in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Working in partnership with teachers and administrators from the Washington International School and five public schools across DC, MAC is exploring the ways in which making practices may be applied in a variety of curricular settings. Using the framework for maker-centered learning developed by the Agency by Design research team, MAC researchers have been working alongside classroom teachers to investigate tools and strategies that support students throughout the grade levels and across the content areas—while also considering how maker-centered learning may become more accessible to a wider breadth of young people.

Presenters at the conference will demonstrate how powerful examples of maker-centered learning can be integrated into the curriculum, across early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school contexts.

The recent surge of interest in maker-centered learning has led many students, teachers, and school administrators to pursue the development of school-based design studios, makerspaces, and fablabs. While important thinking and learning takes place within makerspaces, the makerspace moniker can be seen to be limiting because it suggests that making happens within a particular environment, under particular conditions, with particular tools, to meet particular curricular ends. Rather than restrict making to a designated “space” where such conditions exist, the true value of maker-centered learning lies in its ability to support students and teachers across the content areas.

The Making Across the Curriculum conference will feature plenary session talks on key principles of the project, while also highlighting exemplary practices from diverse DC schools. Breakout sessions will be led by teachers who have been participating in MAC.

Examples will come from a variety of subject areas and grade levels. Among presenters will be some who teach in International Baccalaureate programs.

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