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Michigan school partners with MIT to boost learning process

Posted 6:07 p.m. Wednesday
Updated 6:09 p.m. Wednesday

— A private school in Michigan is teaming up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology so its teachers and staff can learn from the university's faculty about expanding their curriculum and other educational issues.

Cranbrook Schools is the first school outside the Boston area to be part of MIT's Edgerton Center to study potential changes in the way a K-12 curriculum is developed nationally, The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/2fMidNq ) reported.

MIT faculty members are training Cranbrook staff, helping the school expand its curriculum and providing other guidance.

"Our teachers are going right from a workshop (taught by MIT faculty) ... and turning around and teaching it to our students," said Laurie Pullen, coordinator of connected learning at Cranbrook Schools.

Cranbrook teachers have attended MIT faculty workshops about teaching certain science lessons. Other workshops focused on integrating the design learning process, which is a method for teaching students to solve problems through hands-on experience rather than a lecture.

Bob Vieth, K-12 project coordinator at the Edgerton Center, said Cranbrook staff members have embraced and shown a deep commitment to the program.

"At the same time, we at the Edgerton Center look forward to working with Cranbrook educators to improve our understanding of teaching and learning in the K-12 classroom," he said.

Cranbrook Schools Director Arlyce Seibert said officials are "very excited" about the relationship with MIT.

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