Successful and Sustainable Makerspaces in Low-Income and Rural Schools
Listen and learn : Panel
Tuesday, June 26, 11:45 am–12:45 pm
Stephanie Chang Rafranz Davis Colleen Graves Kristina Holzweiss Robert Pronovost
A panel comprised of educators at various positions within their school districts will confront common challenges in creating successful and sustainable makerspaces in low-income and rural schools.
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Digital Age Learning Culture
Consider key elements that need to be explicitly addressed when bringing “making” into low income and rural schools.
Explore methods of moving from a surface level implementation of maker education to a system-wide cultural shift.
Understand actions that can be taken by individuals in various positions within the educational system to support systemic change.
Our panel, including a librarian, teacher, director of a makerspace, and a district director of learning, will discuss and share their observations and experiences in creating successful and sustainable makerspaces in low income and rural schools. Educators in low income and rural communities face challenges in implementing hands-on learning, including financial, cultural, and systemic barriers, which need to be addressed in order to authentically provide maker education for all students. Our panel will spend time addressing each of these topics, with Q&A from the audience.
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Colleen Graves is a teacher librarian and education consultant obsessed with making stuff. She writes about what goes on in her library makerspace on her blog at colleengraves.org and is also co-author of The Big Book of Makerspace Projects, Challenge Based Learning in the Library Makerspace, and 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius. She can be found on Twitter @gravescolleen and Instagram @makerteacherlibrarian.
Kristina A. Holzweiss is a middle school library media specialist on Long Island, New York. Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and a NSBA "20 to Watch" emerging education technology leader. Kristina is the president of the nonprofit organization Long Island LEADS (longislandleaders.org), a community effort to learn, educate, advocate, develop, and support the maker movement and STEAM education. She also founded SLIME - Students of Long Island Maker Expo (slimemakerexpo.com). Kristina is the co-author of 8 Scholastic makerspace books and "Hacking School Libraries."
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