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Thursday, February 14 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Designing a Project-Based Independent Study Curriculum for At-Risk Students

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A project-based learning approach to California’s longstanding Independent Study Programs has the potential to reach large numbers of at-risk students in a way that will improve their engagement in school and ultimately their academic performance. This new take on Independent Study has the additional potential to help California districts increase attendance by engaging gifted students’ families who may currently be homeschooling without district involvement. Our objectives for this session are to discuss the design of an IEP curriculum that can be provided for students’ independent study outside of the regular classroom setting, but that also leverages real-world application and projects to motivate students’ intrinsic desire to learn disciplinary core ideas in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Furthermore, we will discuss the evidence base for why such an ISP curriculum will improve engagement and ultimately academic performance for at-risk students. Lastly, attendees will contribute from their expertise and experience to discuss the pros and cons of this approach to ISP.

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Dr. David Kanter

Chief Learning Officer, Calvert Education

Thursday February 14, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am PST
Los Angeles/La Jolla