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Consortium Connects are online professional learning roundtables or conversations that are free for NCSSS Member Schools.

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Consortium Connects 2021 Schedule




January 1/26  Equity and Inclusion: We have the POWER!
February 2/25 Creating a Valuable Partnership for Your School
March 3/11 International Engineering Development Partnerships
April 4/13 COVID Testing in K-12 Schools
 April 4/20 Equity and Inclusion Series: Understanding Cultural Competence and Responsiveness
 May 5/18 Virtual Learning Across the Globe: Creating a Cross-Cultural Design Thinking Program
September 9/21 Equity and Inclusion Series: Third in the Series

May 18 at 11 a.m. EST:
Virtual Learning Across the Globe: Creating a Cross-Cultural Design Thinking Program

When the world went virtual in 2020-2021, Illinois Tech (Chicago, IL, USA), the KAUST School (Thuwal, Saudi Arabia) and George Westinghouse Preparatory High School (Chicago, IL, USA) took advantage of the online learning format to create the inaugural TechTeams Design Thinking Program! For a one-month period, the Illinois Tech Pre-College team brought together students from both high schools for a series of virtual field trips across time zones. Students learned about the design thinking process, rooted in Illinois Tech's areas of expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Between meetings, students worked on interdisciplinary projects to address real-world issues concerning clean water, mask design, and more. Students shared their interdisciplinary projects with peers worldwide, learning about local contexts and cultures in the process.

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