NavNorth Helps Move STEM & Linked Learning from Theory to Practice

Working on a large-scale STEM/CTE project with the California Department of Education, Navigation North helped coordinate and kick-off a 2 day STEM / Linked Learning Model Curriculum Institute drawing teacher teams from all across the state.

Groups of 3-4 teachers (comprised of 1 STEM educator, 1 CTE educator, and at least 1 core academic educator) formed collaborative teams to design Project-Based Units that integrate STEM with CTE and provide students CCSS and NGSS aligned activities to supplement their project deliverables. Beyond the initial two-day institutes, these teams will now embark on two months of online curriculum development and use of custom authoring tools developed by Navigation North that not only allow them to draft their lessons and project, but also allow instructional specialists and industry partners to peer in and assist with ideas and materials development throughout the creation process. Additional online tools aid to create alignments to standards, and also use the information to draw and embed resources directly from the resources found within the federal Learning Registry of national curriculum partners.

Once finalized, these digitally enriched curriculum models are then shared across California @ and also abroad through publication back to the Learning Registry for other states and agencies to use at will. Based on the 50 educators participating, the project expects to publish approximately 35 project-based units online with over 250 lesson plans.

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Each project will represent 2-3 weeks of actual classroom instruction and will include all lesson plans, activities, guides, worksheets, media files, embedded resources, standards-alignments, assessments, and rubrics required for other teachers to take and use directly in their own classrooms. In its 4th year of creating these types of models online, data shows that approximately 2500 unique visitors a day access the curricula.

For more information contact Navigation North’s Brian Ausland –[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]