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Projects in Practice: Inquiry in Action

Young children like to investigate, and they especially love to learn about the world around them! Children learn best when they are motivated, have many opportunities for first-hand exploration and investigation, and when their teacher intentionally differentiates and scaffolds their learning. The Project Approach provides a context for this way of learning. The Project Approach involves children in studies of things nearby that interest them and are worth knowing more about. Participants in project training will:
• Learn how to implement key events in a project
• Discover how to select a topic that will lead to a successful project
• Find out about strategies that sustain the life of a project
• Understand how the Project Approach supports mastery of early learning standards
• Develop a deep understanding of the role of the teacher and the role of the child in project work through engaging in a simulation
• Gain insight into the Project Approach by questioning veteran implementers about their experiences
• Observe the Project Approach in action in prekindergarten classrooms
• Learn strategies for organizing and preparing documentation of children’s learning
• Evaluate the potential of the Project Approach to support diverse learners
• Develop a plan for implementing the Project Approach with your students

To earn teacher relicensure credit, please register at this site.

You will also need to register with St. Ambrose University St. Ambrose PD registration. Additional registration and lodging fees payable to St. Ambrose are $1200 for double accommodations, $1300 for single accommodations.

Registration for relicensure credit closes 7/28/15.

Course Syllabus

Instructors: Lilian Katz PhD, Sallee Beneke PhD, Debra Brownson MEd
Location: Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust, Davenport
Session Number: 6699
Dates & Times:
7/27/15: 7:30-9:30 pm
7/28/15: 8:00-4:00, 7:30-9:30
7/29/15: 9:00-4:00, 7:30-9:30
7/30/15: 9:00-5:00, 7:30-9:30
7/31/15: 9:00-11:30

$100 1 Relicensure credit
No Drake graduate credit available. Grad credit available from St. Ambrose University.


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