Interdisciplinary Studies Program Development

Casady Upper Division faculty began work to design the School's signature Interdisciplinary Studies Program. They worked with Katie Krummeck, an educational designer focused on leveraging the power of design to drive change in the K-12 education system. Ms. Krummeck led the team through design challenges to stress the importance of making the process of learning in the course active.
Ms. Krummeck began her career as a secondary teacher and co-founder of a small, experimental independent school, where students collaborated across age groups to engage in project-based, interdisciplinary learning. She has since helped develop the K12 Lab at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design at Stanford University and directed a collegiate makerspace called the Deason Innovation Gym. She is also the founding director of the Maker Education Project at Southern Methodist University.
 
Casady's Interdisciplinary Studies Program was introduced to the Casady Community in January and will kickoff next year, in Fall 2021, for the Class of 2023. Five distinctive features will define the program:
  • Team-Taught Courses: The new eleventh grade Interdisciplinary Studies course will be team-taught by both an English and History teacher.
  • Dual Credit: Eleventh grade students will receive both an English and History graduation credit on their transcript.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning: Eleventh grade students will explore in-depth topics related to “history and culture now” in a local context through project-and-problem-based learning.
  • Public Presentations: Eleventh grade students will complete collaborative projects that include community engagement and public presentations of their work.
  • Capstone Projects: Qualified, self-selecting twelfth grade students will have the opportunity to apply for an independent projects that will include working with a faculty member and/or an industry-based
    mentor.
More information about this new signature can be found on Casady's Interdisciplinary Studies Webpage.
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