Category: Poster

14 - Approaching PBL from a Leadership Perspective

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Shortly after stepping into the position of principal, Terrence and Stephanie realized they had a problem. Though their schools had a large population of high-poverty Black and Latino students, these students were not taking advanced classes. Hear how they repeatedly challenged gatekeepers and broke barriers to bring Project ExCEL to their schools. By questioning the entrenched culture of beliefs that such students could not perform, Terrence and Stephanie have successfully created conditions conducive to change. This qualitative case study details their approaches, hardships, and successes with implementing PBL units to increase student engagement, self-efficacy, and shifts in gifted identification with students.

Nancy Holincheck

Assistant Professor
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia

Dr. Nancy Holincheck is an Assistant Professor of Education with the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning program at George Mason University. She earned a PhD in education with a specialization in teaching and teacher education as well as an MS in applied and engineering physics from George Mason University. Among her research interests are teacher education, teacher research, STEM education, problem solving and problem-based learning. Holincheck previously taught education courses in education policy, education research, and science education at American University, and she taught teacher research courses to master’s students at George Mason. A National Board Certified Teacher since 2001, Holincheck began her teaching career as a high school physics teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia and most recently taught at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia.

Dr. Holincheck is currently involved as Project Evaluator on Project ExCEL, a 5-year research project funded by a Jacob Javits grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Project ExCEL explores the use of PBL to aid in the identification of gifted students at the middle school level, with a particular goal of identifying students who have historically been under-represented in gifted education, including low-income students and English language learners.

Steven J. Nagy

Graduate Research Assistant
George Mason University
Washington, District Of Columbia

I am a second year Ph.D. student at George Mason University, specializing in Educational Leadership with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and International Education. I have been working with Project ExCEL, a JAVITS grant, for the last two years. My current research interests revolve around the teacher-student relationship and its ability to impact school climate.

Maria Rybicki

Graduate Research Assistant
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia

Terrence Yarborough

Sandberg Middle School
Alexandria, Virginia