About CMK

What Could Possibly Replace Meat on Swords?

Constructing Modern Knowledge is designed top-to-bottom to be unlike any other professional learning experience. The frenzy of activity, luxurious time to work on personally meaningful projects, personal interactions with legends, mountain of materials, choice, flexibility, and absence of instruction are all quite deliberate and combine to transform educators’ lives. (That’s what they tell us.) The […]

During Hard Times, Students Deserve Hard History

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2022 is only a few short months away, July 25-28, 2022 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The annual CMK institute not only distinguishes itself from other professional events for educators with its emphasis on computing-fueled project-development, but by sharing some of the world’s leading thinkers, scholars, and doers with educators assembled from around the […]

During Hard Times, Students Deserve Hard History

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2022 is only a few short months away, July 25-28, 2022 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The annual CMK institute not only distinguishes itself from other professional events for educators with its emphasis on computing-fueled project-development, but by sharing some of the world’s leading thinkers, scholars, and doers with educators assembled from around the […]

Constructing Modern Knowledge is Back!

The premiere project-based learning institute returns in July 2022 to a new location! Excited to announce that Constructing Modern Knowledge will celebrate its 15th anniversary July 25 – 28, 2022 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, CMK brings a world-class faculty, inspirational speakers, cutting-edge learning-by-doing, to the state-of-the-art Global Center for Digital […]

STEAM Like You Mean It!

Frequently, educators greet me by announcing, “I’m from a S.T.E.M. school.” I can’t help but wonder what they mean. Did their school not teach math or science last year? Engineering is the only obvious addition to the K-12 curriculum over the past forty years. Since acronyms stop for no man, many schools now seem concerned […]

Funding Opportunity for CMK – Deadline January 30th!

We have learned a few lessons from thirteen years of running Constructing Modern Knowledge. Empowered educators, empower children. Educators are capable, competent, and creative. Modern knowledge construction is impossible without access to traditional materials, books, tools, supplies, and cutting-edge technology. Educators profit immeasurably by spending time in the company of brilliant colleagues, faculty, and guest speakers. […]

Berklee to Host CMK 2020 Boston Reception

After two days of hard fun and project development, it’s time for Constructing Modern Knowledge to blow off some steam during our annual Big Night Out in Boston. Each year’s excursion begins with a provocative educational presentation at a great institution. This year we have a new venue for the first time in a decade. […]

CMK – Back for an 11th Summer!

We are excited to announce that the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute will be returning for an 11th year, July 10-13, 2018. Sylvia Martinez and I created Constructing Modern Knowledge more than a decade ago to build a bridge between the learner-centered ideals of progressive educators and the modern knowledge construction opportunities afforded by new technological […]

New CMK Features

We take the unique design and experience of Constructing Modern Knowledge seriously. We also try our best to be responsive to the needs of the diverse learners who participate in our institute. Based on feedback and success at last year’s institute, we have decided to add two new features to the CMK 2017 experience. Optional […]

About CMK 2017

Constructing Modern Knowledge, July 10-13, 2018 is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in intensive computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class faculty. Inspirational guest speakers and social events round out the fantastic event. Rather than spend days listening to a series of […]