The CoLab is a community of diverse and accomplished K – University practicing teacher-researchers conceptualizing our classrooms, schools, districts and learning settings as cultural landscapes for learning. In doing so, we learn to see learning by bringing these landscapes side by side, learning by letting them talk to one another. The CoLab is grounded in the National Writing Project’s, Piasa Bluffs, and builds its work around NWP’s teachers teaching teachers model.
The CoLab’s ResponsiveDesign approach centered on a prototyping mindset catalyzes creativity by exploring, envisioning and enacting bold and innovative solutions to everyday educational problems.
The CoLab draws on an interactional ethnographic perspective that harnesses complementary theories from anthropology, critical discourse analysis, and literary theory. For us, developing empathy for the communities we work with helps us build capacity as human-centered problem solvers. Our success is evidenced in recent work with school districts (18 schools across three districts with over 500 teachers), museum settings, and yearly Invitational Summer Institutes.
Let's grow stronger together!
Want to CoLab with us? Let's chat at the 2011 Annual Meeting