In seven days, we welcome the participants for our first J-WEL Week to the MIT campus. J-WEL Weeks present MIT’s unique approaches to education as a foundation for collaboration with our J-WEL members. The theme for this first J-WEL Week is “The Power of Problem Solving,” and the presentations, research briefs, panels and workshops on the agenda explore ways problem-solving approaches can be used to reimagine educational systems. Using these discussions as a jumping off point, participants define their educational goals and refine these as the week progresses.
J-WEL Weeks are structured in three parallel, but interwoven programs, one for each of our three collaboratives—pK-12, Higher Ed, and Workplace Learning—with shared introductory and closing sessions, and occasional shared sessions throughout. Each of the parallel programs has been designed as an integrated experience, with collaboratives engaging in ongoing work across sessions.
About the pK-12 @ J-WEL Collaborative
Led by faculty co-directors, Prof. Eric Klopfer and Prof. Angela Belcher, the pK-12 @ J-WEL Collaborative brings to life MIT’s unique “mens et manus” learning approach through experiences that combine hands-on, project-based learning and the pursuit of learning progressions centered on foundational concepts in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The collaborative will explore and develop teacher education programs and hands-on STEM curriculum, rethink assessments, and scale learning technologies and tools to support project-based learning.
About the Higher Ed @ J-WEL Collaborative
Led by faculty director, Prof. Hazel Sive, Higher Ed @ J-WEL convenes a select group of global colleagues at MIT to address educational challenges. In goal-driven interactions with MIT faculty and staff, participants design and build curriculum, programs, and institutes. J-WEL Members are invited to attend J-WEL Weeks, intense thematic programs that define goals and steps towards implementation; to participate in J-WEL Exchanges, outcome-driven workshops, and bootcamps; and to join J-WEL Designer, leading to development of new institutions.
About the Workplace Learning @ J-WEL Collaborative
Led by Faculty Director George Westerman, Workplace Learning @ J-WEL provides its members a forum to learn from, and in some cases participate in, research projects designed to improve workplace learning effectiveness. The collaborative will work with industry leaders to advance the scientific understanding of adult learning, improve workplace training and upskilling, match education pathways to career readiness, explore new forms of workplace credentialing and certification, and guide research and policy on labor market needs and future jobs.
We look forward to engaging with the participants to rethink education and address global challenges.