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Self-Directed Course: Introduction to Phenomena-Driven Instruction

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This self-directed option allows for flexibility and the opportunity to explore at your own pace.

Perfect for educators who prefer to work independently and enjoy discovering new resources on their own. You can choose to work alone or enroll with a group of educators.

This course will introduce the key concepts of phenomena-driven instruction and give participants the knowledge they need to select effective phenomena for classroom use and design lessons and units driven by these phenomena. A variety of materials that increase participants’ knowledge of the theory and practice of using high-quality phenomena to drive instruction will be provided. We will dig into the why, what, and how of phenomena-driven instruction and learn how it creates a more equitable and accessible learning environment for all students. Throughout the course, there will be multiple opportunities for all teachers from K-12 to explore and experience phenomena-driven instruction and collaborate with colleagues to identify high-quality phenomena and problems, redesign a current lesson, and develop a new phenomena-driven unit. 

Course Format

This is a 10-hour asynchronous course with 3 modules.


Certificate of completion for 10 professional development hours.

Continuing Education Credit available for additional fee and optional final project. Contact [email protected] for details