The goal of the ‘Join the Club’ initiative is to make learning meaningful for our 4-H Club members through project-based learning. By implementing PBL in the 4-H program, we can support our students academically and socially as we increase engagement and enthusiasm. The professional learning to support this program is a 5-week course that guides the learner through modules that help them identify the characteristics of an authentic learning environment and discover ways to increase student success by including the elements of Choice, Ownership, and Voice in that environment. From there, the principles of COVA will be used to transform the 4-H club activities into more meaningful PBL experiences. The course is outcome-based in that the ultimate measure of success is that the participants feel empowered to use what they learned to create project-based learning experiences for present and future students.
Although the Innovation Plan is geared toward just the 4-H Club leaders at this time, the professional learning will be offered to all staff in the hopes that they too will see the benefits of COVA+CSLE and PBL.
My district has an exchange day program that allows teachers to choose professional development that will serve them best. This course will count for 12 hours of exchange time.
I will use the Kemp Model of instructional design in the building and implementation of this course. I chose this model because of its similarity to the engineering design process that I teach students in the STEAM lab. Making room for the intentional evaluation and revision of the course is what sets this model apart from others.
Assessment AS Learning
The learners in this course will continually evaluate their learning through collaborative discussions, reflections, and feedforward from their peers. It is their responsibility to determine how the new information they acquire fits into, or changes, their current ideas about learning environments and student engagement. As learners move through the course, they will have ample opportunities to share ideas with each other, have conversations about their learning, and apply their new knowledge to the real work of teaching in their classrooms.