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What's New - 05/24/19

CERTL has recently completed the successful launch of our collaborative Best S.E.L.F. program, an employee benefit program that promotes wellness support for the employee and tutoring, mentoring, experiential learning, and summer enrichment for the employee's children. The Best S.E.L.F. (Supportive Enrichment and Learning for Families) program is the coordinated effort of CERTL, BestHealth for Us, the wellness program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC), and the department of Student Inclusion and Diversity.  The overarching goals of this program are to promote high school graduation rates and college preparedness while increasing the number of WFBMC children entering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields upon graduation.  For these middle school students, CERTL provides academic tutoring on a weekly basis with our medical students, academic counseling on a quarterly basis to review their academic performance, biannual experiential learning field trips to WFBMC, and a comprehensive summer enrichment program that will educate and prepare students for careers in a health profession through presentations, tours, observations, and clinical experiences.

To learn more, please contact CERTL at 336-713-2708 or wfpbl@wakehealth.edu.

What's New - 12/19/18

CERTL is thrilled to announce that we are the recipients of a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student STEM Enrichment Program grant to create comprehensive STEM programs for female middle school students in Davidson County Schools and Surry County Schools.  The initiative is called "Girls in STEM:  A Piedmont Triad Initiative."  This partnership will deliver STEM-based yearlong programs through an inquiry-based learning (IBL) model that aligns with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, including a weeklong summer intensive STEM experience within each district and a yearlong follow-up program.  The follow-up program consists of two visits to the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in Winston Salem, North Carolina for a fall and a spring summit, once a month after school activities, and quarterly progress report meetings with their school administrators in their home schools to monitor their academic progress and guide them toward more rigorous STEM-related courses.  The fall and spring summits will connect student participants with female STEM professionals and faculty from Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Medicine.  An after school STEM activity will take place once a month in each of the partnering schools led by their female CERTL Train the Trainer STEM teachers from the summer experience component.  A yearlong project-based learning component will be launched during the summer experience that is continued throughout the school year.  This program will serve 40 female middle school students to improve their knowledge of STEM-based content and improve their academic performance in order for them to enroll in higher-level STEM classes and possibly pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

This grant announcement was featured in the Triad Business Journal on 12/18/18.  Read the article here.  

If you know a middle school girl that attends Davidson County Schools or Surry County Schools and is interested in participating in the program, please email Kelsey at kdoolitt@wakehealth.edu.  

What's New - 05/29/18

Congratulations on another successful school year, teachers!  We are so proud of the work you have done over the past year and we wish you a relaxing and restorative summer!  If you or your school are looking for professional development for the fall, please let us know soon - our calendar is filling up!

What's New - 04/30/18

Congratulations to our Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Award winners, Brittany Liebenow and Kevin Wang.  Brittany and Kevin are both medical students here at Wake Forest School of Medicine and were honored at a banquet earlier this month for their science program at Carver High School in Winston Salem, NC to encourage critical thinking and academic exploration. The science curriculum used in the program, Scholars United Now (SUN), is an adaptation of high school biology and chemistry curricula that Brittany personally designed and implemented for Success Academy Charter Schools during the 2016 - 2017 school year.  The curricula contains hand-crafted "explorations," which are experiments using common ideas and items to introduce students to daunting scientific material using materials they know and have confidence using; for example, balloons and the ideal gas law.  Brittany designed a "Deflategate" themed experiment, in which students used small footballs to design their own experiments to test whether "Deflategate" was fact or fiction. 

At Carver High School, Brittany and Kevin launch 1-hour sessions using these explorations and experiments as an "after school program within school hours."  in the chemistry and AP environmental science classrooms.  Dr. Stan Hill, Director of CERTL, serves as Brittany and Kevin's Academic Mentor and Kim Campbell, Senior Lead Trainer for CERTL, serves as their Site Mentor at Carver. 

What's New - 03/30/18

Calling all Train the Trainers!  (& those interested in joining the program!) Are you a science teacher?  Or better yet, a Biology teacher even?  We have an opportunity for you!  CERTL is collaborating with the Camp Med program here at Wake Forest School of Medicine and they are looking for approximately 10 science teachers to assist them with their program this summer.  Camp Med is a hands-on summer learning program for high school students that are interested in health care careers and is funded through a Northwest Area Health Education grant.  Each interested teacher would only be needed for one to two days during the summer months, as well as a few hours of training this spring.  The focus this summer is Heart Disease and the training this spring would prepare you for a simulation lab experience for the students here at the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in the state of the art simulation labs and teach you about simulation in your classroom and provide you with resources.  If interested, please contact Kelsey Doolittle.  

What's New - 02/27/18

Attention MAPPS and PTEC participants! Have you RSVP'd to the Spring Retreat yet? If you haven't, please do so by clicking one of the links below:  

If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Doolittle.

What's New - 01/31/18

Educators, we need your help! We are looking for classrooms, schools, or districts that are rock stars at implementing Inquiry-Based Learning! Next month we will begin featuring different classrooms/schools/districts that have seen success due to this type of pedagogical shift.  If you or someone you know would like to be featured, please contact Kelsey Doolittle

What's New - 11/30/17

Have you completed a PBL in your classroom this Fall?  We would love to see your student work samples!  We know that you (and your students!) work hard to complete successful PBLs in your classroom and we would love to see how your hard work has paid off and feature their work on our Facebook page!  If you would like to submit your student work samples, please send them to Kelsey Doolittle at kdoolitt@wakehealth.edu.  Below are some awesome examples of student work samples that we have received from teachers:  


What's New - 9/5/17

Welcome back teachers! We hope you had a fabulous summer and your first days back to school have gone well! We would like to remind you that if you participated in our PTEC or MAPSS Institutes this summer that Fall Coaching Dates are coming up.

For our PTEC participants, coaching visits will occur throughout September and October. Groups will be notified by Kelsey Doolittle about the chosen date, time, and location of each visit.  Please contact Kelsey with any questions or issues:  kdoolitt@wakehealth.edu or 336-713-2709.  

Four our MAPSS participants, the virtual coaching sessions will take place on September 14th with Dr. Ferrara via the platform GoToMeeting.  Lee Hunter has sent out a Google Doc with instructions on how to participate and sign-up.  If you have any questions, please contact her at lhunter@mtairy.k12.nc.us.  

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Fall Retreat!

What's New - 8/7/17

Today our Student STEM Camp was featured on the Fox 8's "What Right with our Schools" segment.  Our students were beyond excited about the opportunity to be local celebrities! The segment features the director of CERTL, Dr. Stan Hill, and the Assistant Dean of Medical Education, Dr. Terri Yates, as well as interviews with two of our students.  One of the students' favorite field trips from their week of STEM Camp is also highlighted - their trip to the simulation labs here at the medical school.  Click here to watch the video.  

The STEM Camp was also featured in the Winston-Salem Journal back in July.  Click here to read the story. 

What's New - 5/26/17

Are you the parent of a student in 6th - 12th grade? We would love to have your student participate in our (free!) Student STEM Camp July 24th - 28th!

We are looking for 6th – 12th graders to attend a five-day Student STEM camp here at the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education on July 24th – 28th from 8:30 – 12 p.m. each day. A mid-morning snack will be provided, but students will be responsible for their own transportation. Our new facilities are located in the heart of Innovation Quarter and part of this camp will be exploring STEM-related careers and facilities around the area.  Students will also be taking part in Problem and Project-Based Learning cases facilitated by new and veteran PBL instructors.  It will be a fun and exciting week and we hope your student can join us!  If you have any questions or have a student who would like to participate, please contact Kelsey Doolittle at kdoolitt@wakehealth.edu or call at 336-713-2709. 

What's New - 4/21/17

With Spring Break come and gone, it means we can start looking towards summer break! Here at CERTL, summer is our busiest time with institutes and trainings occurring all summer long.  The dates of our MAPSS Institute, in its third and final year, have just been released.  It will take place here at the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education July 17th – 21st and July 24th – 28th.   If you are a teacher in one of our MAPSS districts, be sure to encourage fellow teachers to participate in this summer’s institute targeting 6th – 12th grade Math teachers!  We will also be hosting a Student STEM Camp for 6th – 12th grade students during the second week of the institute, July 24th – 28th in the mornings from 8:30 – 12 p.m.  If you have a child in that age group that would like to participate, please contact Kelsey Doolittle at kdoolitt@wakehealth.edu for more information.

What's New - 3/30/17

Wake/UTD PBL is excited to announce our newest South Carolina venture, a partnership with South Carolina EPSCoR to bring our Inquiry-Based Learning training to teachers in the Newberry County School District.  We will be traveling back to Newberry in May to begin their training and are looking forward to working with a new group of teachers!  To learn more about EPSCoR and its different initiatives, click here

What's New - 2/24/17

We are pleased to be featured in this month's edition of the "Carolina Tips" email newsletter published by Carolina Biological Supply.  To view the article, please click here


What's New - 1/31/17

As we enter into the New Year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the growth of our program in 2016.  It is our mission to raise student achievement by impacting teacher effectiveness through establishing standards of quality instruction, providing world-class instructional resources, building teacher capacity to self-assess practice and impact, and by supporting the development of leadership skills.  Our participation in the Math and Problem/Project-Based Learning for Student Success (MAPSS) grant, part of the Math Science Partnership program, has given us the opportunity to work with over 200 teachers during the past two years.  Below is a map indicating the location of those teachers across the Piedmont Triad.  With such a wide reach, it is our hope that this project has made a significant impact at both the school and district levels.

What's New - 12/08/16

Amanda Robertson, one of our MAPSS Participants and Trainers, was awarded the Milken Educator Award yesterday for North Carolina.  She was one of 35 teachers around the country recognized by the Milken Family Foundation.  A special assembly was held at her school, Jones Intermediate in Mt. Airy, where she was awarded a $25,000 prize. We are extremely proud of Amanda and all of her accomplishments! Click here to read the article in the Winston Salem Journal.  

What's New - 11/30/16

As the number of registered users on the Wake/UTD PBL website steadily climbs, it’s become apparent that many of our users are missing out on what could possibly be the most beneficial resource we have to offer: the ability to collaborate with other educators. 

Collaboration among educators, much like students, yields better conversation and understanding of content that leads to learning and growth.  By sharing your knowledge and resources with each other, we can create a community of educators who are ready to impact their students’ achievement by providing the best authentic learning experiences in their classrooms and schools. 

Therefore, we would like to encourage all of you to post and share in the “Community” section of our website, just like you would a Facebook page!  (We have one of those too if you’re interested! Click here)  You can ask questions of us, such as “Which 6th grade Math PBL case includes expressions and equations?”, or ask questions of each other, such as “Which 6th grade Math PBL case worked best in your classroom?”.  We can discuss various topics, such as classroom management or what to do when you want to begin writing your own cases. 

While many of you may be familiar with this sort of collaboration on Edmodo if you have participated in one of our trainings, some of our teachers have expressed that they’d like to be able to collaborate with a broader range of teachers than just those from their training.  On our Community webpage you will have access to our vast network of users, teachers and education professionals from all over the United States.  Through the combined knowledge of our many users, there is a wealth of information on the topics teachers and educators care about most and we are happy to provide you with a medium to share and bring new ideas and resources to the Wake/UTD PBL Community.   

What's New - 10/24/16

CERTL was this week's "What's Right With Our Schools" feature on Fox 8 which aired October 24th and will re-air November 27th at 5 p.m.  Click here to watch the segment and read about our amazing teachers and the work they're putting in to learn innovative ways in which to teach in their classrooms!

What's New - 8/25/16

We've moved!  The Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning is now located in downtown Winston Salem in Innovation Quarter at 475 Vine Street! Our phone numbers have also changed, so be sure to check out our Contact page for our new office number.  

What's New - 05/19/16

For a limited time only we will be offering a 20% discount on enrollment in our Summer Inquiry Institute sessions happening July 11 - 15, 2016.  

Check out the flyer for more information or click here to register!

What's New - 4/28/16

On April 21st the Math and PBL for Student Success partnership grant hosted a Teacher Orientation night for the incoming participants of MAPSS Year Two.  Teachers were given an overview of the grant and the different components that will make up their training this summer.  They were also able to hear about the experiences of Year One participants and how this training has impacted their teaching and their students.  Many logistics were covered during the orientation, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact Penny Willard at pwillard@mtairy.k12.nc.us.  

What's New - 3/30/16

We are happy to announce that we now offer a STEM Pipeline Development Program to help you design a student’s progression from elementary school through high school in order to reach their college goals.  This program includes academic enrichment, student support programs and parent support programs.  To learn more about this and other trainings, click here.  

What's New - 3/25/16

The Summer Inquiry Institute taking place in Winston Salem, NC during the week of July 11 - 15 will be divided into two 2.5 day sessions.  The first session will be a PBL Refresher that focuses on highly effective PBL strategies.  Participants will work together on a case, review the standards of authentic instruction, and learn how to select the best cases to complement their curriculum.  The second session will be a Case Writing Workshop where participants learn how to author cases using the Wake/UTD PBL method.  A case will be examined and deconstructed to acquire an understanding on the elements that make it a successful teaching tool.  Participants will apply this knowledge while experiencing an existing case and writing their own.  To register, please click here

What's New - 12/15/15

This past month one of our MAPSS teachers, Mrs. McCraw from Mt. Airy City Schools, hosted an exciting PBL event using the 2nd grade Math case “Sock Slide”.  In this PBL, the Super Slider Sock Company needs the students’ help to find the “slidiest” socks!  Students are learning about measurement while determining how far someone can slide in theirs socks. However, instead of the students sliding in their socks, Mrs. McCraw brought in staff members to do the sliding!  The administrators, PE teacher, STEAM teacher, and the office receptionist were all competing to find out who had the “slidiest” socks.  Each staff member had a team of kids to record the data for each of their slides.  After all of the sliding was completed, Mrs. McCraw collected the data from each team and had the class compare numbers using math vocabulary related to measurement in order to analyze the data to solve the ultimate problem:  which socks were the “slidiest”.  Everyone involved had an awesome experience and the students were able to give content based feedback and provide real-world data.  The following is a video of the day’s events:  https://animoto.com/play/ZHvMjIZ2oZtBXp9KLCxaWw  Be sure to follow Wake/UTD PBL (@Wake_UTD_PBL), Penny Willard (@WillardPenny), and the #MAPSS hashtag on Twitter to follow along with PBL events like this! 

What's New - 11/18/15

It has been a busy month already here at Wake/UTD PBL!  Our trainer, Kim Campbell, spoke at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics on November 5th in Greensboro, NC.  She had a room full of eager participants ready to learn more about “Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Activate Student Growth”.  They discussed Inquiry and the Five Standards of Authentic Instruction as well as Problem and Project-Based Learning.  The session concluded with a hands-on PBL experience using the case “The Aquarium”.  It was a successful workshop and we are already looking forward to our next conference!

What's New - 10/02/15

We were pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our Problem and Project-Based Learning for the North Carolina State Board of Education on September 29th.  Follow this link in the Winston-Salem Journal to read the article highlighting the day’s events.  A special thank you to the Mt. Airy MAPSS teachers, Patricia Combs and Penny Willard, who brought their students to Winston-Salem for the PBL classroom demonstration!

What's New - 09/17/15

Stay connected with us on our brand-new Facebook and Twitter pages.   Follow the links to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

What's New - 05/08/15

We are excited to announce Wake/UTD’s involvement in a newly-funded initiative that will strengthen STEM education in the Piedmont Triad.  Called “Math and PBL for Student Success” or MAPSS, this 1.6 million dollar project will help 240 teachers in five districts chart a multi-faceted approach to better implementation of the new North Carolina Standard Course of Study for mathematics

One key component of the project will be the creation of a Regional Mathematics Content and Leadership Institute supported by a variety of partners.  WFPBL and our partner for Project-Based Learning, the University of Texas at Dallas, will lead the Institute’s efforts to help teachers discover the benefits of inquiry-based instructional strategies.  

Over the course of three years, teachers from Mount Airy City Schools, Lexington City Schools, Alamance-Burlington Schools, Randolph County Schools and Davidson County Schools will be trained to create learning environments that thrive on Problem and Project-Based Learning. Professional development seminars will help teachers grasp the fundamental principles of inquiry-based instruction; Summer STEM Camps for students will give teachers valuable hands-on practice in using PBL; and teachers will be given permanent access to a collection of PBL cases designed for mathematics instruction.

In addition to providing training and resources, the Institute will build support for teachers in two other important ways.  First, it will deepen and expand the opportunities to build content knowledge by facilitating collaborative relationships with faculty at institutions such as Wake Forest University and the University of Texas at Dallas. Second, but perhaps most vitally, Dr. Larry Coble of the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium (PTEC) will provide teachers with the strategic leadership training necessary to help make changes lasting and sustainable.

According to Dr. Coble, “This is the first time that the combination of Problem-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning and leadership development will be made available for our K-8 teachers in the Piedmont.  This partnership should have a direct impact on the academic achievement of the students served by the participating districts.  Over time, we are hopeful that this initiative will be expanded to include all of the districts in the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium.”


"Problem Based Learning is a staple in my teaching and you can see pieces of the methodology in almost everything I do. It's not a program or a panacea, but a method of teaching that gives every student valuable life-long skills." - Sam Walker, Technology Facilitator Morgan Elementary, 2010 NC Technology Educator of the Year

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Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education
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Phone: 336.713.2708
Email: wfpbl@wakehealth.edu