Heidt, Garreth | Perkiomen Valley School District

Humanities Teacher
Perkiomen Valley School District

For the past 15 years, Garreth Heidt has been engaging his middle school humanities students through a unique instructional approach to creativity and design thinking. His curriculum employs project-based learning aimed at developing his students’ skills in critical viewing, civil discussion and problem solving. The learning process is driven by design-minded means to a unique educational end for his students. A teacher for almost 20 years, Heidt has spent time teaching and developing classes at the middle school, high school and college level.
You can read more about Heidt's work here.

Education Symposium Session Title:
Design-Based Education: STEAM Power for a Better Future

For almost two decades, institutions of secondary and higher education have witnessed an increasing migration of students away from the liberal arts and into the professional and technical degree fields, and an even greater administrative focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. While understandably driven by the rising cost of college education and the larger starting salaries of these fields, this migration means that schools are increasingly downsizing arts programs. This session offers a look inside a classroom that engages students in valuable learning experiences that employ both the technical and critical thinking skills of STEM with “21st century skill sets” of collaboration, communication and creative thinking—key components of traditional liberal arts curriculum. The result is a STEA(rts)M powered classroom that moves students to create and learn by doing.

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