Parent Webinars

Family Passion Projects:  Utilizing Genius Hour to Learn, Grow, and Serve Together

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 6:30 p.m.

Passion projects in the classroom give learners the opportunity to consider their own interests, passions, and purpose as they choose a topic to learn more about in an effort to impact others. But, what if this could be a family experience?  In this webinar, I’ll share how families and classrooms can partner to make learning meaningful through the connections that the Genius Hour experience can provide. Learn the process that can be utilized, the skills that should be prioritized, and the outcomes that can be expected as we explore practical ways to make passion-based learning happen at home and at school. Presented with a live Spanish interpretation during the event.

Learn More About Andi
Andi is currently the Digital Innovation Specialist at ESC Region 12 in Waco, Texas. Before working at the center, she taught elementary and gifted/talented students at a small rural school in Texas. Andi was in the classroom for a total of 16 years before pursuing her passion to change education by giving educators practical ways to create experiences that will engage and empower this generation of learners.  

Andi has spoken at many conferences, education service centers, and worked with many school districts to provide innovative learning experiences for their students.  She was named one of the Top People in Education to Watch in 2016 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  Andi recently wrote Genius Hour:  Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry, A Meaningful Mess: A Teacher's Guide to Student-Driven Classrooms, Authentic Learning, Student Empowerment, and Keeping It All Together Without Losing Your Mind, and Ready-to-Use Resources for Genius Hour in the Classroom: Taking Passion Projects to the Next Level.  She absolutely loves sharing her passion for innovative education with other teachers that want more for their students. 

As an educator, Andi was passionate about using meaningful technology in her own classroom and finding innovative ways to empower her learners.  She believes that the students that we are educating today are unique and we must be creative in designing experiences that will engage and empower them as learners.

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