On July 8–10, 2019, Digital Promise held the first ever Challenge Institute. In the seaside town of Monterey, CA, participants used the Challenge Based Learning Framework to address challenges in their communities. Educators formed teams around big ideas in education, from computational thinking to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and quickly connected with new colleagues to work toward solutions to their challenges.
The Challenge Institute kicked off with a keynote address from Digital Promise’s Director of Story, Marco Antonio Torres, who used a collection of videos to walk through why Challenge Based Learning is more important than ever in education. Then, we dove straight into the initial “Engage” phase of the framework to identify the big ideas and to form teams.
The second day dug into the “Investigate” phase, in which groups generated guiding questions and attended a variety of relevant workshops. And lastly, the third day was all about the “Taking Action” phase, as groups synthesized their findings, developed solution concepts and prototypes, and presented their learning to their peers.
We are looking forward to continuing to engage with the teams from this year, and hope to do it all again next summer! Use the form below to receive information about the Digital Promise Challenge Institute in 2020.