A former Geometry teacher, Charity currently serves on the National Faculty for PBL Works and is the founder of iDoSchool.com, training educators nationally and internationally, meeting a variety of school program development needs. Over the past 16 years, Charity has served as a New Tech Network School Development Coach, Elementary Title I Coordinator, Alternative Math Coach, Adjunct Professor, & Culturally Responsive Teaching Curriculum Designer for AdaptiveX. With iDoSchool, Charity’s work and research revolve around establishing a safe space for teachers to innovate and develop the skills to decolonize curricula, build culturally responsive learning experiences, and debunk myths around students of color. Together with PBL Path, Charity has facilitated place-based learning projects at Whitney Plantation – expeditions & experiences crafted for both teacher and student to experience, learn from, and appreciate the place and its history.
Culturally Embedded Maker Movement Practices
Today’s Makers often have ties to other communities of practice, such as the “hacker” community, the DIY community, the crafting community, the progressive education community, the constructivist education community, the constructionist education community, the informal learning community, and the STEM education community, to name but a few. Oftentimes, this Maker movement leaves out culturally embedded ways of making. This session will take on a high-level exploration of culturally embedded maker movement practices in the K-12 learning environment.