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Heather Calabro

Teacher in Simsbury, CT

I was a founding faculty member of Mid-Pacific Institute's eXploratory Program, a core subject curriculum with project-based learning as the primary focus of student work, with 10 years of experience in the Social Studies classroom. I am an advocate and practitioner of leveraging interdisciplinary, 21st century technology and skills to solve authentic, real world problems. It is my belief that students benefit the most in an environment that balances student-centered project work with structure. I am also a PD provider, having developed the curriculum for a 4-day educator workshop called Kupu Hou, helping dozens of teachers to write project-based learning curriculum for their classrooms.

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  • Classroom Technology

    How to Engage Your Students With No-Cost Technology

    Online 3D scans give students close-up views of historical artifacts and natural wonders, all without the cost and tactical considerations of a field trip.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Great Displays in the Great Outdoors: Bringing Student Work to Life

    With the help of ceramics and QR codes, a student research project leaves the building for all to enjoy outside on the school grounds.
  • Project-Based Learning

    PBL Meets WWII: A History Lesson to Remember

    Guest blogger Heather Calabro, teacher and founding member of Mid-Pacific Institute's eXploratory Program, details a PBL history project about WWII that her students took to heart - and took much farther than she expected.

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