Passion Projects: Motivating Learners by Utilizing Student Choice
October 31, 2017 @ 10:25 am – 11:40 am America/Chicago Timezone
Wisconsin Center - 101AB
400 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Session Description
Have you ever given your learners the time to really explore a topic they are passionate about in depth? A key component of the FLIGHT Academy is passion projects. In these projects, our learners are encouraged to choose a topic, write driving questions, conduct research, consult community experts, CREATE, and present to an authentic audience. The final products that our learners create and present continue to amaze us. In this session, attendees will learn about the process we use to engage our learners and manage their projects. We will also bring along some of our learners to share their passion projects with you. Come and see what passion projects are all about!

Krista Krauter (@kristakrauter)
Will Taege (@wtaege)
School District of Waukesha

Krista Krauter has been teaching at Horning Middle School in Waukesha, Wisconsin for 18 years. She has been working with middle school learners for her entire career. Krista graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She then went on to get a master’s degree from Marian University in Educational Administration and Curriculum and Instruction. Krista has always had a passion for innovation in education which resulted in her co-creation of the FLIGHT Academy, a proficiency-based, personalized-learning, 21st-century program within Horning Middle School. Krista has worked with various groups including CCSSO, Leap Innovations, and the University of Kentucky. Krista was awarded the Trailblazer Award from the Institute for Personalized Learning in 2015.

Will has spent the last 7 years working in multi-age personalized learning environments in the School District of Waukesha. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Lacrosse and his master’s from Carroll University with an emphasis in Mathematics and Proficiency Based Learning. Some of his past learner experiences include blended learning modules, gamification, engineering design briefs, mobile makerspaces, flexible learning environments and inquiry instruction.