Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley:
The team of four middle school teachers will work collaboratively on Project-Based Learning (PBL) techniques to address two pressing student needs: increase student readiness for Algebra 1 and improve English/Language Arts writing skills across subject areas. The team will attend MathAction’s Summer Institute, participate in workshops, and engage expert coaching and technical support. Their training will help the team develop strategies for growth mindsets, optimize student engagement, and develop exemplary lessons for the classroom. The team will create and implement their own interdisciplinary thematic projects and share student work with parents and staff via student learning exhibits such as debates and research projects. They plan to teach this approach to their colleagues as well as to a wider audience via online platforms.