Wake/UTD PBL September Newsletter
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Wake/UTD PBL September Newsletter

Wake Forest School of Medicine and the University of Texas at Dallas School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have partnered to become the leading resource for schools and districts that want to systematically transform teaching by establishing standards of inquiry-based, authentic instruction. 
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We've moved! The Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL) is now located in downtown Winston Salem in Innovation Quarter at 475 Vine Street! Our phone numbers have also changed, so be sure to check out our Contact page for our new office number. 

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Many teachers use traditional rubrics in their classrooms to assist in communicating expectations for the work to be done. My approach to rubrics is a little different when it comes to implementing Problem and Project-Based Learning. In our model, Problem and Project-Based Learning, the problem is communicated through a scenario (Problem) or Entry Document (Project). We try to make sure that all the expectations of the problem and project can be communicated through the Scenario or Entry Document. Through the Know/Need to Know Activity, a discussion with students clarifies those expectations and develops a common understanding. This approach provides an opportunity to use the Scenario or Entry Document to assess themselves and their peers in a real-world context.  Now this doesn’t prevent you from creating a grading rubric for the problem or project to present to students, but it needs to align closely with the expectations and should be presented to them after the Know/Need to Know process is completed. General presentation rubrics and group collaboration rubrics should also be considered to support the development of those skills and behaviors.
If you would like to discuss  this further or have any questions you can always reach out to me by email: or through twitter @joeferrara143
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Wake/UTD PBL, in conjunction with medical students in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) organization at Wake Forest School of Medicine, has launched its tutoring program for this school year on Tuesday nights from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  This unique program pairs up students from across the Piedmont Triad with a medical student tutor to assist them with their homework.  This program’s goals are to support students as they strive toward their academic goals and position themselves as strong STEM students ready for rigorous high school courses in preparation for secondary education.  
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