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Each month, this email features a highlight from The Umi Project’s (TUP) work on intentional design with partners and clients. You’ll also receive 3, hand-picked links to inspire your own work in intentional design. Share this link with others so they don’t miss out on all of the fun!

August already? A new school year awaits! As you head back to school, The Umi Project wishes you an amazing year, filled with excitement, deeper-learning, and joy.

This month, The Umi Project is inspiring you to try, read and look into a few resources that will provide some fresh perspective into the start of your school year. 

  1. Try it: I’m a huge fan of podcast projects, and as someone who has tried a few (and not always successfully), I was pretty excited to see a colleague share this resource from NPR: Teaching Podcasting, A Curriculum Guide for Educators. Try it out!

  2. Look into it: PBLWorks recently released a “Downloadable E-Book”a teacher’s guide to PBL!

  3. Read it: I’ve been actively following the large gathering of Hawaiians and supporters gathered at Mauna Kea this past month, protesting the start of the TMT construction on a Native Hawaiian sacred site. Here is a good place to start learning more about what is happening at the mauna. I encourage you to read, and then let that reading lead you to other sources and documentation of the protests. For example, there is a large following of the Instagram account @protectmaunakea. Even if you don’t live in Hawaii, this is a conflict that can teach us, and our students, many lessons of the past, present, and how we choose to deal with the future.

Teachers in Detroit, MI engaging in a discussion circle.

What has Kay been up to?

First off, a big congratulations to our partner, DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach, who opened their school doors last week for the first time to launch their week of Bootcamp with new DreamHouse students! Those students will be back next Monday to start off the very first year at this brand new school. I’ve had the privilege of supporting their work this past year, and can I say WOW! I can’t wait to see what year 1 brings for them. Learn more about their amazing team and work here.

Second, I’ve spent a lot of time this month with Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers, both here in Alaska, teaming up with the CTE program to build a professional learning plan through the lens of literacy, and all the way out in Detroit, Michigan, running a workshop with PBLWorks. CTE teachers work hard to give their students opportunities to have real-world, situational experiences, to be prepared for industry standards, and to align to what the rest of the school or district is doing. Don’t know if your community has one? Check with your local high school and find out what options students have!