Setting an Agenda for Action

All participants at PKAL events are to leave with a three- to four-point Agenda for Action for the academic year. This agenda will be developed in concert with members of their institutional team, and/or in collaboration with regional or disciplinary colleagues. In addition, event facilitators and PKAL Senior Associates will provide advice and counsel throughout.

Agendas for Action
These agendas, developed during PKAL events by all participants, include:

  • specific new tools or sets of materials for teaching specific scientific concepts to students in his/her classes, and/or for making curricular and programmatic changes to incorporate new content, pedagogies and technologies (within the topic covered by the event attended)
  • ideas about implementing and evaluating the new tools and materials, in their home environment, including dealing with the politics of reform
  • plans to connect with colleagues locally, regionally and nationally in the process of implementing the agenda for action.

They will be based on the formal and informal discussions throughout the event, reflecting:

  • deeper insights into the variety of current pedagogical approaches that connect to emerging research on how people learn
  • deeper insights into the process of curricular reform, including methods of assessing the impact of approaches old and new on student learning
  • an understanding of the kaleidoscopic nature of successful reforms, and of the need to put all the pieces together in a way that makes sense in the local and national context.

These agendas for action will be displayed to fellow workshop participants and facilitiators on the final day of the event.