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Designed for new and veteran SmartLab™ Facilitators, the Advanced Facilitator Development Conference prepares STEM K-12 educators to support and facilitate student learning and skills development for career and college readiness. AFDC participants gain experience and knowledge of instructional strategies and the principles of project-based learning, develop expertise with a variety of advanced technologies, participate in authentic STEM practices, and learn to integrate cross-cutting concepts and content. Don’t take our word for it, hear about the experience from our Facilitators and Trainers in this video!

Workshop Outcomes:
Increased expertise with project-based, student-driven learning. Development of performance-based assessment rubrics and methodologies.Ability to integrate STEM disciplines and practices along cross-cutting concepts. Demonstrated advancement in proficiency with STEM technologies.

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Tim Ryckman

Rocky Heights Middle School
Multimedia/Electronic Publishing Facilitator
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
I am lucky enough to teach in an exceptional program with exceptional students. I currently facilitate four sections of multimedia in which my students learn about film (all genres from documentaries to motion graphics) and broadcast journalism. My students produce a live broadcast every morning that streams to over 1,500 people. We live stream sporting events (with play by play commentary), concerts, plays and musicals all over the world and this year we finished our school's fourth full-length feature film. We created a remake of the John Hughes classic, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
I also facilitate two sections of Electronic Publishing, in which my students use Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects to create the school's yearbook, online magazine, pre-recorded video magazines and content for the community newspaper.