CMK 17 Guest Speakers Announced

Constructing Modern Knowledge, now in its 10th year, is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants 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 a fantastic event. Rather than spend days listening to a […]

Deborah Meier & Edith Ackermann Return to CMK 2015

Lots of education conferences feature speakers who are clever or witty. Constructing Modern Knowledge prefers to highlight wisdom and expertise. As a result, we are delighted that two of our favorite educators will be returning to CMK 2015. This year, Deborah Meier returns for her 4th time at CMK, along with last year’s guest speaker […]

The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2013 continues the CMK tradition of offering educators intimate opportunities to interact with some of the leading thinkers of our age. This July, legendary educators Eleanor Duckworth and Deborah Meier will engage in a once-in-a-lifetime  conversation titled, “The Sharing of Wonderful Ideas.” You don’t want to miss this stimulating exchange of powerful […]

Deborah Meier – Returning Champion!

MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and veteran school reformer, Deborah Meier, returns to Constructing Modern Knowledge 2013 for the third time! Deborah W. Meier is currently on the faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, as senior scholar and adjunct professor as well as Board member and director of New Ventures at Mission Hill, director […]

Supersize CMK

I created Constructing Modern Knowledge (CMK) four years ago as a labor of love. I was growing increasingly concerned that educators lacked the time necessary to develop fluency with the software environments they embrace for students and may not have a deep enough understanding of learning theory or progressive educational practices to situate classroom computer […]

Deborah Meier’s “We All Know Why We’re Here” video

Two-time CMK guest speaker and veteran school reformer, Deborah Meier, has generously shared this 1980 documentary (29 minutes) about Central Park Elementary School and the innovative practices that gave birth to the small school movement and countless progressive education reforms. You are free to watch, download and share this video with colleagues, but please subscribe […]

Deborah Meier’s “Graduation by Portfolio” video

Thanks to two-time CMK guest speaker, Deborah Meier, for sharing this phenomenal 47-minute documentary from 1993 detailing the process by which Central Park East Secondary School students earned their high school diploma through project-based inquiry and personal portfolios demonstrating habits of mind. You are free to watch, download and share this video with colleagues, but […]

Alfie Kohn’s New EdWeek Article

Educators fortunate enough to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 got to witness an amazing conversation between two of America’s most provocative and accomplished educators, Alfie Kohn and Deborah Meier (watch this site for video in the near future). Mark your calendars for a mind-blowing Constructing Modern Knowledge 2011, to be held July 11-14, 2011. Registration […]