Dear Colleague:
I just returned from Chattanooga, Tennessee – home of Constructing Modern Knowledge 2022 – and I could not be more excited about the once-in-a-lifetime professional learning institute we have planned for you this July. CMK is back and in-person after more than two years of isolation. Please join us!

Home of Hard Fun

#1 There is simply no other professional learning event on earth like Constructing Modern Knowledge.

Each summer, educators from around the globe assemble at CMK for four intense days of learning-by-doing with a world-class faculty, mind-blowing guest speakers, cutting-edge technology, social events, and a mountain of materials. These educators often achieve the impossible and demonstrate the remarkable creativity, competence, and capability that may be found in classrooms.

Alfie Kohn poses for a selfie before Deborah Meier’s (left) conversation

#2 Alfie Kohn
Alfie Kohn was a guest speaker at the very first CMK back in 2008. He is widely acclaimed as one of the leading educational voices of his generation, His best-selling books and provocative talks cause educators and parents to confront their compromises. He is an unapologetic partisan on the side of children.

Two CMK memories of Alfie Kohn really resonate with me. In 2008, he said something to a CMK participant that really aggravated the educator. He expressed his displeasure, but over time reported that he could not stop thinking about what Alfie said told him. A year or two later, the educator was still wrestling with the ideas Alfie shared. Approximately five years later, that educator told us that he now completely agrees with what Alfie shared. How many speakers can stick with you for years?

About five years ago, the great Deborah Meier returned to speak at CMK. Alfie asked if he could attend her talk and even introduce her. How many speakers would come to another speaker’s event just to interact with that speaker? That sort of thing happens at CMK! When Alfie walked into the room, a young teacher recognized him and shrieked with excitement!

For those and many more reasons, Alfie Kohn will be a guest speaker for the 3rd time at CMK 2022. Learn more about Alfie Kohn here.

Just a few of the machines available in the GCDI

#3 A Dream Factory for Educators
Constructing Modern Knowledge has always been a place where educators invent the future by creating “real” projects using cutting-edge computational technology, craft materials, and assorted junk.The things created are learning artifacts, even when whimsical.

CMK 2022 is taking making to a whole new level thanks to our host site, the Global Center for Digital Innovation. The GCDI is chock-full of fabrication hardware in abundance and of a scale that most educators can only dream of (for now). This includes filament and liquid resin 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, embroidery machines, water jet cutters capable of cutting steal, mold makers, power tools, routers, and more.

I cannot wait to see what educators will do with professional quality fabrication hardware and a dose of CMK magic! Check out some of the photos I snapped at the GCDI!

Dr. Kate Shuster, CMK 2022 Guest Speaker

#4 Kate Shuster
We are enormously excited to share author, educator, researcher, and activist Dr. Kate Shuster with CMK 2022 participants! During hard times, students deserve hard history, and Dr. Shuster is helping archives, museums, and research institutions share their primary source materials digitally with school students so they may be historians, rather than being merely taught history. Kate’s participation at CMK 2022 could not be more timely. Learn more about her and her innovative work here.

Peter Martin, CMK 2022 Guest Speaker

#5 Peter Martin
Peter Martin is not only a Grammy-winning musician, musical director, and one of the finest talents of his generation, he started a company, Open Studio, that uses the Internet to build community, develop talent, nurture creativity, and teach people to perform one of the most complex acts imaginable, be improvisational jazz musicians. Peter’s entrepreneurship is making high-quality mentoring, inspiration, advice, and instruction from the world’s greatest musicians accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere. We are blessed that he will join us to share his cutting-edge technology, pedagogical innovation, and spectacular musicianship with us at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2022. Learn more here.

“An unbelievable musician with a unique kind of charisma. Not just the technical competence, but the deep kind of penetrating insight into music.”

– Wynton Marsalis

#6 Team Discounts
Constructing Modern Knowledge 2022 offers generous team discounts to maximize continuous learning and school transformation once educators return to school. Bringing a team to CMK bonds colleagues and helps shapes a common purpose-driven vision for progress at home. Learn more and register.

All-you-can-eat Brazilian churrascaria for the CMK 2022 dinner

#7 Meat on Swords!
The benefits of breaking bread together are well documented and our institute dinner plays a vital role in building community in a quintessential fashion. Over the years, CMK participants have fallen in love with what has been referred to as “MeatFest” or “Meat Night.” As idiosyncratic as it was to find an excellent churrascaria in Manchester, New Hampshire the culinary gods have smiled upon us and this year’s gala institute dinner (included in your registration) will be held at a Brazilian rodizio churrascaria in Chattanooga! (There will be plenty of yummy options for vegetarians and other nutritional needs.) Learn more about the all-you-can-eat gala institute dinner here

Home of the Chattanooga Lookouts

#8 Baseball!
Five minutes from the institute hotels is AT&T Field, home of the mighty Chattanooga Lookouts minor league baseball team. This year’s social event will be a big night out at the ballpark to watch the Lookouts battle the Rocket City Trash Pandas! Your ticket, hot dog, drink, and chips are included in CMK registration.

Chattanooga Awaits

#9 Chattanooga
For the first time in 15 years, Constructing Modern Knowledge is being held in the US Southeast – within a day’s drive of half the US population and even Toronto. The quality and quantity of cutting-edge fabrication technology we have access to at the GCDI is unparalleled. Chattanooga has restaurants, bars, museums, aquariums, Moon Pie emporia, baseball stadium, rock climbing, a pinball museum, riverwalk, biking trails, and axe throwing within a few minute walk of the outstanding and affordable hotels we have organized.

#10 The Future is Now!
Constructing Modern Knowledge depends on you. We have no external funding, vendors, or sponsors to support our amazing institute. After losing so much during COVID-19, the future viability of CMK is dependent on the success of Constructing Modern Knowledge 2022. The future is uncertain in so many ways. If you have ever considered participating in Constructing Modern Knowledge, do so this July!