Recently I was selected to lead a professional development for the DeKalb Educators' Annual Conference 2016. The session was titled Authentic Learning: How to Facilitate Community Development Through Project-Based Learning. I'm sharing this because I received so much positive feedback from attendees who couldn't wait to get started with these types of projects in their classrooms, and I figured someone else out there might benefit from these ideas.
When I think back over the course of this year, and all the work the students put in to The BuHi Project, I am amazed at how much we were able to accomplish. I have had several students make significant gains in reading. They’ve gone from a fifth-grade reading level (as assessed by the STAR Reader program) to an eighth-grade reading level – and in some cases even higher.