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Thursday, October 3 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Making Spaces: Insights and Tools for Shifting Pedagogy and Practice at Scale

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Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation, is a program partnership between Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Maker Education Initiative, with support from Google, which aims to develop a national strategy to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country in order to shift pedagogy and practice. This is done through three primary mechanisms: professional development, community engagement and networked support at local, regional and national levels. The program employs a model where multiple participating schools partner with a nearby regional hub, such as a museum or science center. The network currently encompasses 21 hubs and over 200 schools.

This workshop will present a brief overview of the Making Spaces program and then engage participants in several tools and resources used in this program. We will discuss how these tools can, and have, been used for practice, evaluation, and research in museums, libraries, and schools around the country. Our hands-on activities will allow participants to practice and adapt these tools for use in their own contexts going forward. During this workshop, we will also explore the theory of change behind the real stories of programmatic impact, including the most successful models, modes, and elements of professional development and sustained support offered by hubs to create lasting and valued change in their communities.

We will conclude with time for questions, open discussion, and intentional thinking about next steps.

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Lisa Brahms

Director of Learning & Research, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Lisa Brahms, Ph.D. is Director of Learning and Research at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, as well as a visiting researcher with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE).  Lisa earned her PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy at the... Read More →
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Stephanie Chang

Director of Impact, Maker Ed
Stephanie Chang is the Director of Impact at Maker Ed, having spent 5 years previously leading and designing Maker Ed’s program and project offerings for educators and institutions around the country. Her current work focuses on evaluating the impact and value of programmatic efforts... Read More →
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Alison Bank

Learning & Research Project Manager, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Alison Bank is the Learning & Research Project Manager at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP). She first began working with CMP as a research associate for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE). Since joining the CMP team, she manages... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Emerald Bay B 311 Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA, 92697