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Renbrook School to Present ‘Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Own Learning’

A.J. Juliani. Courtesy photo

Renbrook School will welcome A.J. Juliani, Director of Learning and Innovation at Centennial School District, Pennsylvania and member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  

Submitted by Stacy Routhier, Renbrook School

A.J. Juliani will present “Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Own Learning” at Renbrook School on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Juliani, “Kids begin their learning journey as curious problem solvers who ask questions and create solutions. As they go through school, something happens to many of our students, and they begin to play the game of school, eager to be compliant and follow a path instead of making their own. As teachers, leaders, and parents, we have the opportunity to be guides in our kids’ education and unleash the creative potential of each and every student. In a world that is ever changing, our job is not to prepare students for something; instead, our role is to help students prepare themselves for anything.”  

Juliani has authored six books, most recently “The PBL Playbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Actually Doing Project-Based Learning.” In this book he talks about the growing movement towards project-based learning in classrooms. He describes PBL as taking over traditional finals and mid-terms as the performance task. He writes, “It is showing up as HOW you teach the unit, instead of only an ending project to the unit. PBL is growing because it engages and empowers students to learn experientially and share that learning in new and unique ways that go well beyond the classroom. 

He describes himself as a true believer in the “inquiry-driven” education movement.  

“We are very excited to welcome A.J. Juliani to Renbrook. Special thanks and gratitude to Berkshire Bank Foundation for their generous support for this evening presentation,” says Betsy Flynn, Special Projects Coordinator.  

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP by Monday, Oct. 14, visit: www.renbrook.org/discoveryseries 

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