Students as Curriculum Designers

AN IGNITE TALK BY 2018-2019 AGENCY BY DESIGN OAKLAND TEACHER FELLOW Jeff embleton

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“What we did to support [refugees] was we made donation boxes and gathered money for the IRC (International Rescue Committee),” said Ariana, a 7th Grader from ASCEND. “We created t-shirts and helped refugees by donating the proceeds.”

Jeff Embleton is the Assistant Principal at ASCEND. In his Ignite Talk, presented at Agency by Design Oakland’s year-end event on Saturday, May 4, 2019, Jeff shares how ASCEND’s 7th graders became part of the design process, co-constructing a curriculum focused on the refugee experience.

“I’m going to talk with you today about students as designers, and actually working side-by-side with their teachers to create the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ in their learning — exercising true agency by doing work that matters with a local impact.”

Watch Jeff’s inspiring Ignite Talk below! And follow the #pictureofpractice hashtag to see more Ignite Talks and leadership from our 2018-2019 Teacher Fellows.

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“Maker-centered learning provides opportunities for youth and adults to access and unlock their agency. It empowers all ages of learners to think critically about an issue, problem solve and attempt to create solutions to address or repair a need. Maker-centered learning also addresses our environmental needs and teaches the mindset that things can be REPAIRED rather than just sent to the landfill.”

Jeff is the Assistant Principal at ASCEND, leading the charge on deeper learning and student-centered experiential learning. He is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for youth to forge their own paths and create the world they want to live in.