ADE Community Newsletter | October 2016

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
October 6, 2016

New this month: Help your students master 21st century skills with practical advice from Allen Distinguished Educators, and learn how a 4th grade teacher in Chicago adapted the 53 Miles per Burrito project with a DIY Guide grant.

3 Road-Tested Tools and Tips to Help Students Master 21st Century Skills


Discover new teaching strategies and practices with resources from award-winning educators

Teachers working within the confines of traditional school settings often face challenges as they look for ways to equip students with the “21st century skills” they need to be successful. 

Learn how to turn resource limitations into enabling constraints, use technology to connect students with faraway places, and implement a proficiency grading system in schools that rely on traditional grades with “Roadmaps” developed by Allen Distinguished Educators. For teachers, by teachers, these ADE Roadmaps offer road-tested advice and guidance for overcoming barriers to classroom innovation.

Read more on the ADE blog.

Jumping into STEM Learning and Climbing Past Language Barriers


High school STEM project adapted for ELL 4th grade students with a DIY Guide grant from the ADE program  

“The parents and my administrators were very supportive. I had parents telling me how excited their child was to be participating in this project, and my administrators were also happy that students were actively engaging in science exploration.” – Elizabeth Stevenson, DIY Guide grantee

Stevenson creatively adapted the 53 Miles per Burrito project, developed by ADE awardee Mike Wierusz, to engage her 4th grade class composed of over 80% English Language Learners (ELL). By comparing calories found in school lunches (instead of burritos) to calories burned in common physical activities (instead of biking 53 miles), she was able to form meaningful learning connections with her students. “This project challenged my students to think about variables in their data and relate it to their everyday life,” said Stevenson. “My students, who do not speak English, were able to participate fully, which was amazing.”

Read more on the ADE blog.

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