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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. […]

New Book About Our Courageous Friend, James Loewen

Sociologist, Dr. James Loewen, was a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge twice, in 2010 and 2018. Loewen is also the author of some of the most popular and influential history books of the past twenty years, including: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: […]

David Cavallo

Dr. David Cavallo will join Sherry Lassiter as a guest speaker at the MIT Media Lab during Constructing Modern Knowledge 2019. David Cavallo, Ph.D. is consulting Learning Architect to the Fab Foundation and Special Consultant to the Director of the South End Technology Center (SETC). Cavallo concentrates on how digital fabrication and computation can dramatically improve […]

2019 Institute Schedule

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2019 begins at 9 AM on July 16th at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. PLEASE DO NOT COME EARLY. We will be working until the last minute to make the magic happen. CMK 2019 ends at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 19th. The institute culminates […]

New Book and Great Honor

One great joy of my life has been getting to know and work with so many of my heroes/sheroes. Even greater satisfaction comes from sharing those people with my fellow educators, via books, presentations, and the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. Over dinner thirty years ago, one of my mentors, Dan Watt dropped some wisdom […]

The Subtlety of Prompt Setting

In Chapter Four of our new book, Invent to Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, we discuss the importance of prompt setting as a basis for project-based learning. I argue that “a good prompt is worth 1,000 words.” Projects are not the occasional dessert you get as a reward after consuming a […]

Professional Development Gets Personal

Hello World is a free, glossy, well-edited magazine for educators published by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Gary Stager wrote two featured articles in the first four issues of the publication. His article, Professional Development Gets Personal, shares lessons learned over a decade of Constructing Modern Knowledge.                 Veteran […]

Nikole Hannah-Jones on Meaningful Black History Curricula

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2019 guest speaker, Nikole Hannah-Jones, is part of a panel discussion in the NY Public Library LibraryTalks podcast, How to Make Black Lives Matter, where she speaks about teaching African American history. Listen here: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Read the Twitter feed related to this podcast Learn more about Nikole Hannah-Jones […]