The Create Excellence Real-World Learning Framework

Digital Tools and Practical Strategies to Engage Students in Authentic Learning Experiences
Beckie Stobaugh and Janet Tassell

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Date: Thursday, April 20
Time: 7:00PM Eastern, 4:00PM Pacific Time
Students should be excited about learning.

The Create Excellence Framework is a research-based, lesson-plan framework that can guide students, parents, and teachers in thinking about learning in a different, yet comprehensive way. In this Edchat Interactive, Rebecca Stobaugh and Janet Tassell will help teachers improve instruction for students by designing real-world instructional tasks that include cognitive complexity, student engagement, and technology integration. We will explore sample tasks and projects to guide teachers to add depth to learning while balancing the demands of rigorous standards:
  • Integrating student interests into instruction and lessons
  • Incorporating standards in real-world activities
  • Challenging students with provocative questions
  • Using technology to enrich learning and expand content
Rebecca Stobaugh and Janet Tassell are two of the three co-authors of the SolutionTree Press book Real-World Learning Framework for Elementary Schools: Digital Tools and Practical Strategies for Successful Implementation.

Rebecca Stobaugh
Rebecca Stobaugh
, PhD, is an associate professor at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches assessment and unit-planning courses in the teacher education program. She also supervises first-year teachers and consults with school districts on critical thinking, instructional strategies, assessment, technology integration, and other topics. Previously, she served as a middle and high school teacher and a middle school principal. She is the executive director and former president of Kentucky ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). Rebecca received the 2004 Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award from the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies.
Janet Tassell

Janet Lynne Tassell, PhD, is an associate professor at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches elementary mathematics methods and directs the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement program. Dr. Tassell also teaches identification and current issues courses for the university’s gifted and talented master’s program. Janet has taught mathematics at the middle school and high school levels. She spent fourteen years as a gifted education coordinator and director of learning and assessment, working with K–12 teachers in curriculum and professional development. She also led a team of fourteen authors to design and write six books for grades 1–6 students to delve deeper into the Common Core mathematics standards.