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Monday, June 13 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Capstone Project: Best of Both Worlds LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, faculty from US, MS, and LS will outline USM’s innovative capstone philosophy, which blends the traditional research and academic skills approach to capstone projects with experiential education and makerspace ed. We will discuss the essential components of successful capstones, share useful materials and resource, and reflect on the lessons learned from our pilot program. We will also share best and next practices for capstones at all three grade levels. Student project examples and videos will be on display.

We hope that our session will encourage attendees to adapt into their own course projects and PBL some of the aspects we’ve identified as most important and impactful. Moreover, we would love to see attendees consider bringing capstones into their schools. We believe that in the future we could serve as a resource for schools who want to implement a similar program. We look forward to fulfilling the Strategic Plan as thought-leaders and community partners in groundbreaking education by sharing our continually growing expertise in capstones. Below please find the outline of the Tower Projects program, which will serve as the foundation of our presentation.

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Laurie Walczak

8th grade American Studies and Creative Writing Teacher; Middle School English Department Chair, University School of Milwaukee
I am a nerd for all things English Language Arts! This year, I've combined my English course with Chuck Taft's Social Studies to create what we hope will eventually become a fully interdisciplinary American Studies class, called "America's Story." We read literature of many forms... Read More →

Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M216 Walczak M216 Walczak