Members of the TASA Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network (FRSLN) gathered in Dallas at the Perot Museum February 27 for their second event of 2018-19: “Using Voice and Choice to Cultivate Curiosity.” Participants heard from fellow school leaders and other experts on the art of design, the maker movement, project-based learning and argument-driven inquiry, augmented and virtual reality, and much more.
They also made site visits to campuses in Sunnyvale ISD. At Sunnyvale Elementary, it was school-wide Pirate Day. Teachers had chosen an area of passion and were teaching lessons relevant to academic content, while students chose their pathways of learning.
At Sunnyvale Middle School, participants watched as students in the H.I.S. LEX Lab worked as content creators. They used green-screen animation to create projects related to their grade-level TEKS, Scratch coding to create video games, and 3D design to create their own patterns, which they used to make clay tiles. Students also demonstrated how they use robotics to solve real-world problems, such as space garbage and isolation in space.
At Sunnyvale High School, FRSLN participants visited the Sunnyvale Subway Escape Room that was created by CTE students. They also learned about the Team America Rocketry Challenge.