What Do We
Want To Become?
How Does It Work?
1. Your project team must include 3-5 teachers, staff, or administrators (depending on the project you select). Students and community members are encouraged to join for select co-planning days.
2. For the 2021 Lab, your team will have a choice of two projects to develop for your school and community: The Vermont Mural Project or The Watershed Project.
Once you select your project, a teaching artist(s) will be partnered with your team.
3. At the Project Design Lab, your school team will work with a professional teaching artist and national leaders in project-based learning and creative community engagement to customize your project to meet the needs and opportunities of your school and community.
The projects are designed to bring educators, young people and community members together in common creative purpose.
4. Your team and teaching artist will implement your project in the fall, including a culminating event in your community.
5. Reflect, learn and plan for more project-based and community-engaged learning that is creative and joyful.
All Project Design Lab sessions take place in Montpelier
- TEACHER TESTIMONIAL -
“This is a game changer."
What To Expect
The Project Design Lab is an experience in collaborative and creative planning and learning.
Take Action on Social and Environmental Justice
Projects are designed to inspire young people, educators, and community members to reflect, listen to each other, and leverage their collective creativity to envision and act on building a better, more just future.
Foundations of Creative Learning
Develop authentic ways to model creative learning tools in your classroom; these creative tools can be used in all subject areas.
Teaching & Assessing Transferable Skills
Strengthen your understanding of the skills inside the creative process and techniques for teaching and assessing your students’ creative capacities.
UbD - Understanding by Design
Use your project’s essential question to shape the enduring understandings you want for your students.
Expand your best practices in project design, backward design, authentic reflection, and scaffolding skills with national leaders in the fields of project- and inquiry-based learning.
The Creative Capacity Guide will be a key resource at the Design Lab. View/Download
$2,050 per person for three graduate credits
$1,750 for non-credit (35 professional development hours)
Co-planning with a teaching artist at the Project Design Lab
Five days of implementation support by your assigned teaching artist, remotely and in the community
Community partner development support from CEL staff
Culminating event production and publicity support
Post-project reflection and future planning with Design Lab staff and your teaching artists
Contact Community Engagement Lab Partnerships Manager
email: Claire Tebbs
We invite you to let us know about specific accommodations you may need to participate in the Project Design Lab.
We will make every effort to honor your request when made by August 1st.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802) 377-5384