PD in Sioux Falls is Huge Success!

TPBL In Action

Last week Mari Biehl and Jeff Schneider from South Dakota Innovation Lab and Dr. Annalies Corbin from PAST Innovation Lab were joined by Dr. Jill Weimer and Elizabeth McMillan from Sanford Research to conduct a professional development course for high school teachers. The largest school district in South Dakota, Sioux Falls, faces issues that many other districts face: standardizing core content in the sciences – biology, physical science or chemistry – to ensure success for all students.  Forty four teachers from Lincoln, Roosevelt and Washington High Schools experienced first-hand how PAST can help teachers integrate learning with Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning (TPBL).

Our PD doesn’t really look like most PD. As you can see in the photos, we believe in experiential learning, brainstorming and interaction. No lectures but lots of learning. Teachers were asked to select 3 of the 4 sessions presented: Life of a River, Cerebral Matters, The Truth About Sports Drinks and Digging Deep–Garden Science. Each session had the appearance of being specific to one area of science, but actually had a different focus to show that a TPBL approach is a great way to teach, and a great way to learn.

PAST PD Is The Best

While we can tell you that the PD was a huge success, we’d rather have you hear from one of the participants!

“I’ve been a high school biology teacher for 20 years, and this is the best PD ever.”  Thanks Michele J. for the kind remarks!