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Session VII Speakers & Notes

Ambitious Instruction: Innovative Practices for Engaged Learning

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 12:00–2:00pm

Jal Mehta Slides    Peter Skelton Slides

Session Notes

This session was hosted at La Fonda on the Plaza, La Terraza Room, 100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

National Speaker: Jal Mehta

Jal Mehta is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the role of different forms of knowledge in tackling major social and political problems, particularly problems of human improvement. He has also written extensively on what it would take to improve American education, with a particular focus on the professionalization of teaching.

Jal is the author of The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of The Futures of School Reform (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2012). He is currently working on two projects: In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction; and The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress. He is co-editor of the Learning Deeply blog at Education Week, and in 2014 was the top-ranked junior faculty scholar in the Rick Hess Education Week rankings. He is also the winner of the Morningstar Teaching Award at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was recently awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship.

Local Context Speaker: Dr. Peter Skelton

Dr. Peter Skelton is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at New Mexico State University. He earned a PhD and BS from the University of Nebraska in Natural Resource Science and MA from New Mexico State University in Agricultural and Extension Education. As the Director of the NMSU Extension and Research Youth Agricultural Science Center, he supports the delivery of a range of STEM-based agricultural education programs for youth, post-secondary and graduate students, in-service teachers and agricultural producers. Areas of focus include STEM education, agricultural literacy and sustainability. His research interests include agroecology; improving youth science comprehension; integrating science, literacy and numeracy; and, experiential and inquiry-based teaching and learning.

Moderator: Ahlum Scarola

While completing his MA in Teaching at Lewis and Clark College, Ahlum Scarola focused his studies on providing real-world, problem-solving opportunities in the classroom. He has continued to incorporate the tenets of project-based learning throughout his career, as both a teacher and an administrator, by promoting the use of authentic learning experiences as a way of creating meaningful engagement for students. Ahlum has taught and been a school administrator in both private and public settings. He has spent the past six years as an administrator in the Santa Fe Public School district and is currently the Principal at Mandela International Magnet School—the only 7–12 fully authorized public International Baccalaureate School in New Mexico.