Category: Poster

90 - Using the Cognitive Apprenticeship Rubric for Reflection and Growth of Problem-Based Learning Teachers

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Cognitive Apprenticeship Rubric was designed for in-service teachers to reflect on instruction geared toward cultivating gifted students in critical and metacognitive skills with challenging content through implementing Problem-Based Learning (PBL).The rubric was developed as a part of sustained professional development in Project ExCEL, a Jacob K. Javits project. It functions as a tool for teachers' guided self-evaluation of fidelity of implementation with PBL instruction. By using the rubric in conjunction with video analysis, teachers identify and address areas for personal growth, in particular as it relates to promoting metacognition, an important goal in PBL instruction and for gifted students.

Lori C. Bland

Associate Professor, Assessment and Evaluation
George Mason University
Alexandria, Virginia

Lori C. Bland, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Assessment and Evaluation, and Data-Driven Decision-Making in the Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and Education Policy at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Dr. Bland is currently a co-PI for an NSF grant, Trajectories of Informal Learning among Engineering Students – Theoretical and Empirical Contributions for Understanding and Measuring Impact. Her research interests focus on decision-making, assessment, program evaluation within multiple contexts, such as gifted education and engineering education. Dr. Bland is also the evaluator on an NSF grant, Designing Teaching: Scaling up the SIMPLE Design Framework for Interactive Teaching Development. She is on the Editorial Board for Gifted Child Quarterly and Contemporary Educational Psychology. She teaches masters and doctoral level courses in Educational Assessment, Program Evaluation, Data-driven Decision-Making, and Gifted Education.

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.

Anne Horak

Coordinator, Project ExCEL
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia

Anne Horak is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Project ExCEL, a federally funded Jacob K. Javits grant, at George Mason University. Project ExCEL uses Problem-Based Learning as a universal screening platform to find and serve high ability low income students. Dr. Horak has conducted research demonstrating the efficacy of PBL in middle school classrooms of gifted students (Horak, 2013).
Dr. Horak received her PhD in Education from George Mason University, her M.Ed in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning from George Mason University and her B.A. in Secondary Education from the State University of New York College at Oswego. Her research interests include Problem-Based Learning, Gifted Education, Educational Policy and Teacher Professional Development.
Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, Dr. Horak served as Advanced Academic Program Specialist for Middle School for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) where she was integral to supporting the transition to open enrollment and developing the Problem-Based Learning curriculum. For two years, Dr. Horak was on special assignment for FCPS as a liaison to George Mason University managing a collaborative effort by the two agencies to establish a laboratory school. Dr. Horak has also taught middle school English and Social Studies in North Carolina and Virginia.

Xingya Xu

Graduate Student
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia