The Maker movement combines academic skills, artistry, technology and hands-on learning. Today, learning institutions are beginning to embrace the Maker movement and are providing children with makerspaces that deliver a platform for making things and learning through hands-on design. Makerspaces are appearing in schools in unused storage spaces, classrooms or libraries with resources such as: electronics, metalwork, woodwork, robotics and arts and crafts that children can use.

The idea of these makerspaces is to allow the student to discover, invent and understand through making. Making is intended to engage students and teach them design thinking and practical skills that are important in today’s technological age. The Maker movement does not intend to replace the traditional educational format, rather it hopes to coexist and enhance core subject content with real world problem solving and creative collaboration.

It is important that school leaders stay abreast of the newest trends in education and to gain the necessary knowledge to inform and assist fellow educators choosing to implement new methods of instruction.  In this professional study, school leaders will be introduced to the flipped classroom approach to instruction.  According to the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, " “flipping the classroom” means that students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then use class time to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge, perhaps through problem-solving, discussion, or debates."  

During this 5 week online professional study, participants will complete readings, watch videos, and explore internet sites, including the Khan Academy, to familiarize themselves with the pros and cons of the flipped instruction model and to discover the resources available to assist in flipping the classroom. Examples of successful flipped classrooms will be explored, and participants will view recorded webinars from educators considered experts in the flipped model of instruction.

School leaders face unprecedented and unpredictable challenges[1]. Knowing how to act and react is difficult but there are actions that will help school leaders and their schools survive, even succeed and thrive, during uncertain times when direction and vision from traditional sources is lacking.  The purpose of this ACLD-approved PLU study is to help school leaders identify and replicate actions and mindsets of steady leadership that builds capacity and draws upon sources of motivation and encouragement to move the organization forward, especially in uncertain and challenging times.