Preconference sessions were by invite only this year based on pre-existing program participation.  SHI hopes to expand pre conference options next year.

STEAM: Opening the Box

Participants in our three-day pre-conference workshop will kick off an exciting year of collaboration as part of the Opening the Box Community of Practice. Small design teams of classroom educators and experts from the field will be introduced to the Agency by Design framework and explore how maker-centered learning can be used to encourage community and collaboration (a do-it-together mentality), distributed teaching and learning, and crossing boundaries.

This project is designed and sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP). The Community of Practice (CoP) provides a structure for the development and sharing of culturally relevant STEAM lessons/activities, and instruction on the MakerCarts and included STEM materials provided to partner districts. The CoP invites teachers, community specialists, and Elders to work together to engage and empower our youth. 

jessica ross picWorkshop Leader, Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross is project manager for the Agency by Design research initiative, which examines the promises, practices and pedagogies of maker-centered learning. Before joining Project Zero, Jessica taught grade 5–8 humanities for 10 years where she integrated frameworks including Artful Thinking and Teaching for Understanding into her classroom practice. She has a background in education, history, and writing. Jessica has collaborated with schools, school districts, and museums to integrate frameworks like Artful and Visible Thinking, along with interdisciplinary-focused curriculum design, into their programs. Along with these professional facilitation opportunities, her interest in working with teachers has been fulfilled through her roles as education coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom Institute and as teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.