Teachers seek input on project-based learning proposal

Meeting at CVU set for May 31

Champlain Valley Union High School art teacher Abbie Bowker and librarian Peter Langella invite the community to learn about their recommendations on project-based learning after a year-long fellowship studying ways to implement it at the school.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at the CVU library.

The duo’s Rowland Foundation grant allowed them release time from their daily jobs to research ways to allow all students to practice skills, gain knowledge and meet proficiencies through regularly-scheduled, interest-based experiences of their choosing. Next Thursday’s meeting will be a chance for community members to weigh in on how the program should be implemented in upcoming school years.

“With a large change like this one, we want to take it slowly,” Bowker said. “We need to get it right for our students and our families.”

CVU Principal Adam Bunting added: “I’m excited for Abbie and Peter’s proposal because it will increase the number of students who have a deeper sense of purpose … We will provide students the opportunity to explore their interests and their values through learning that they find personally relevant, meaningful and applicable.”

“We call the program ‘RISE’ (Reflective Interest-based Student Experiences),” Langella explained, “and we believe that RISE better accounts for the whole student, connects to the pursuit of lifelong learning and will increase engagement and a desire to learn.”

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