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Bringing the maker movement into a school where project-based learning (PBL) is prevalent may have substantial benefits for students, according to an article in  "The Maker Movement Conquers the Classroom." Note the connection between Albemarle County Public Schools (Virginia) and the Chicago Children's Museum.

On Tuesday, April 8, almost 50 educators from schools, libraries, museums, nature centers, and historic sites gathered at the Buffalo Zoo for  ,Western New York Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core: A Call for Education Collaborations. In addition to in-depth explorations of the Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts and Other Curriculum Areas, participants considered how best to form educational partnerships across disciplines and across different types of institutions.

Barbara Stripling will present the keynote address at this August's conference. Stripling is Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. She was elected President of the American Library Association for the 2013-14 term, with the goal to lead ALA to build on and continue its support for transforming libraries with a special emphasis on literacy, community engagement, and innovation practices that enable all librarians to empower the voices of their community.

As cultural educators, we rarely get to see what goes on inside the classroom.

So - inquiry-based learning is the theme for our 2014 conference. Here are a couple of posts from the Mindshift blog to get you thinking about inquiry-based learning and how you might reshape the learning activities you are creating.