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Heather Wolpert-Gawron

ELA Teacher, Middle School, Curriculum Coordinator TOSA

Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher and PBL coach. She was the 2013 Department of Education Profiled Connected Educator as well as the San Gabriel Valley Computer Using Education TOY for 2009. 

She is the author of Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement (Corwin/AMLE), which shares the results of a nationwide survey of 6th-12th graders and what engages them as learners.  She is also the author of DIY for Project Based Learning for ELA and History (Routledge)DIY for Project Based Learning for Math and Science (Routledge)Writing Behind Every Door: Teaching Common Core Writing in the Content Areas (Routledge), and ‘Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers (Routledge). She has been a staff blogger for Edutopia since 2008. She has also been a proud member of the California Writing Project since 2008 and was selected as a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education in 2017. 

Heather is passionate about Project Based Learning and believes the Maker Movement for teachers is in curriculum design. Heather believes curriculum design itself should tell a story, and she helps her students craft the tale.

Heather lives with her husband and two boys in Los Angeles where they play Dungeons & Dragons every week, building their cross-over stories and adventures together. 

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  • Professional Development

    Focusing on Teacher Engagement to Improve Professional Development

    A national survey provides ideas on how PD can be more aligned to teachers’ needs—even during a pandemic.
  • Project-Based Learning

    How to Find Experts for Your Next PBL Unit

    Guest speakers can help teachers convey content and assess students’ understanding, and they may be easier to find than you’d expect.
  • Learning Environments

    Decluttering Your Classroom

    Thoughtful reflection will help you make decisions about what to keep and what to discard in your classroom.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Teachers: Move On Before You Burn Out

    Have you moved on in order to keep from burning out? Have you changed a subject or grade you taught, or even your school? Sometimes this is the best choice.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

    Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.
  • Teacher Leadership

    Every Teacher Needs a Mentor

    Find that person who challenges, advises, and celebrates you—and be that person for someone else.
  • Blended Learning

    Extending Classroom Management Online

    Nine suggestions to help you provide online learners with class norms and expectations and a sense of community.
  • Parent Partnership

    An Appeal to My Child’s Kindergarten Teacher

    Educators face challenges, funding issues, and problems beyond their control. But for each student and family, it’s all about the relationship they will have with their child's teacher.
  • School Leadership

    When Administrators Keep Teaching

    Teaching keeps school leaders connected to students and other teachers and lets them feel the effects of their own decisions.
  • Student Engagement

    The Case for Electives in Schools

    Electives give students avenues for choice and can function as vehicles for core content standards.
  • Project-Based Learning

    What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

    In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.
  • Service Learning

    What the Heck Is Service Learning?

    Here's a simple definition for service learning with details and resources for planning a unit.
  • Teacher Leadership

    Equation of Success: Top Ten Responsibilities that Students Must Own

    Middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron says requiring students to take responsibility in their own academic success is an important part of the school reform equation.
  • School Climate

    Supporting a Gay-Straight Alliance in Middle School

    A GSA club in middle school can provide a safe, supportive space for students at a critical point in their lives.
  • Back to School

    Building Trust With Parents

    Suggestions for how to make back-to-school night a hit for you and your students’ parents.

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