2014 Summer Institute for Teachers


“This is such a powerful way to teach. It provides deep meaning and learning for students and developing this prior knowledge provides the context to hook in subsequent learning activities.”

– Dr. Mary Mason, Principal, Mark Keppel ES, Glendale USD

“I had reached a place in my career where traditional teaching methods had produced few outcomes, boredom for myself and students. I have been on a personal search for a meaningful method that would include all children at all levels with a noticeable result.”

– Sherri La Com, Teacher, Grade 4, Mark Keppel ES, Glendale USD

“I learned another method of getting my students to fully interact in their own learning.”

– Ruth Malignaggi, Teacher, English Grade 10/Reading Grades 9-12, Nogales HS, Rowland USD

“These five days have opened my eyes to a new way of teaching. This has been the best training I have ever attended. Not knowing what to expect frustrated me at the beginning because I wanted to know what in the world DBL was. I didn’t want the experience. I just wanted to be told. However, by going through this process in a methodical way, through projects and discovery, I learned more. Thank you for the experience for a new perspective, for a new teaching tool.”
– Christian Aguilar (Teacher, Science, Grades 7-9, Ambassador School of Global Leadership, LAUSD)

“I will be adding DBL to my classroom management plan that will support all CCS but will especially support Language Arts 4, 5 and 6.”
– Arden Lewis (Teacher, K-1, Emelita Street ES, LAUSD)

“I am looking forward to implementing the ideas I learned in my classroom. I plan to have the creatures learn to play, build, cook, ride on the moving machines, etc. This is perfect for kids with autism who are anxious about taking risks.”
– Kathleen Bautista  (Teacher, K-12, Don Benito ES, PUSD)

“… it (Design-Based Learning) will close achievement gaps and increase lifelong learning. I believe this would be the platform to truly reform and produce an educational system that meets the needs of all students. It truly taps into all learning modalities that help students access the core curriculum.”
– Dai Shalon Jordan (Teacher, Grades 4-5, Braddock Drive ES, LAUSD)

“The pressure on public school teachers to demonstrate that their students have achieved identified competencies has taken some of the life and creativity out of teaching. DBL brings them back without compromising anything.”
– Sara Rodrigues (Teacher, English, Grade 10, Polytechnic HS, LAUSD)