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May 21, 2024

Teacher Symposium in Albuquerque Inspires

Around 60 teachers presented and attended a Symposium celebrating the elements of High Quality Project-Based Learning.

Teacher Symposium in Albuquerque Inspires

Apr 30, 2024

Showcase in Caldwell County a Major Success

Students from around the county showcased their impressive Profession-Based Learning work.

Showcase in Caldwell County a Major Success

Jan 26, 2024

Former Open Way Learning Champion Wins Milken Award

Sarah Vicini was recently awarded a prestigious teaching honor for her innovative work in education.

Former Open Way Learning Champion Wins Milken Award

Jan 4, 2024

OWL Facilitator Blogs About Co-Designing Curriculum

Jimmy McCue, OWL Facilitator & Coach and full time math teacher, writes about exciting co-designed curriculum in his classes.

OWL Facilitator Blogs About Co-Designing Curriculum

Sept 4, 2023

Using Schoolwide Design Sprints to Seed Student-Centered Culture

This blog features a project from Macon County, NC, where student-led design sprints had powerful results.

Using Schoolwide Design Sprints to Seed Student-Centered Culture

Aug 22, 2023

5 Ways to Use Design Thinking as a Solutionary Educator

Ben Pendarvis (OWL) and Elizabeth Crawford (UNCW) explore to integrate design thinking into education.

5 Ways to Use Design Thinking as a Solutionary Educator

Jul 7, 2023

OWL Work Featured by Local News in Albuquerque

Students in Albuquerque featured in article on Summer STEAM by local news.

OWL Work Featured by Local News in Albuquerque

Jul 1, 2023

MAT Students Meet Design Thinking

Professor Elizabeth Crawford partnered with Open Way Learning to introduce design thinking to students in the Master of Arts in Elementary Education program.

MAT Students Meet Design Thinking

Sept 20, 2022

OWL Co-Founder Blogs About Educational Ecosystems

OWL's co-founder writes about the importance of using ecosystems to create powerful learning experiences.

OWL Co-Founder Blogs About Educational Ecosystems

Aug 5, 2022

Haigler & Owens Featured on Edufuturists Podcast

Owens and Haigler discuss the power of PBL and their work at Open Way Learning.

Haigler & Owens Featured on Edufuturists Podcast

Aug 1, 2022

Ben Owens Featured on CSK8 Podcast

Ben Owens was featured on the CSK8 podcast where he discussed the potential for open source thinking in education.

Ben Owens Featured on CSK8 Podcast

Jun 28, 2022

Equity Focused Mural Inspired by OWL's Work

Teachers inspired by work with OWL helped create a remarkable, equity-focused mural.

Equity Focused Mural Inspired by OWL's Work

Jun 14, 2021

The 5 Steps of Design Thinking Help Drive School Improvements

Owens blogs about the potential for Design Thinking to transform schools.

The 5 Steps of Design Thinking Help Drive School Improvements

Sept 22, 2020

Ben Owens Featured on the Getting Unstuck Podcast

How might we figuratively break down the walls of the classroom and share ideas in an effort to improve teaching and learning? Ben Owens, CEO of Open Way Learning explains why and how we need to do just that.

Ben Owens Featured on the Getting Unstuck Podcast

Aug 7, 2020

Making STEM More Engaging and Inclusive

By allowing student interests to guide projects, teachers can open up the world of STEM to learners who have previously been sidelined.

Making STEM More Engaging and Inclusive

Apr 1, 2020

Article from Better Leaders Better Schools Features Ben Owens

How do you craft a meaningful school vision statement? Daniel Bauer from Better Leaders Better Schools explores the topic.

Article from Better Leaders Better Schools Features Ben Owens

Mar 26, 2019

The Physics of Change

Education Reimagined Features Article on The Physics of Change by Ben Owens

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The Physics of Change

Nov 21, 2017

Owl Co-Founder Blogs About Meaningful Mission Statements

Ben Owens blogs on why crafting a powerful vision statement is essential for organizations, like schools, to provide a clear and inspiring direction that aligns actions with a shared purpose, fostering collaboration and driving meaningful innovation towards desired future goals.

Owl Co-Founder Blogs About Meaningful Mission Statements

Jun 7, 2017

How to Make Meaningful Change in Our Schools

Ben Owens writes an article for Education Week that explores how to make meaningful and positive changes in schools.

How to Make Meaningful Change in Our Schools

Mar 8, 2017

North Carolina New Schools Features article by Ben Owens

What are some of the proudest moments you have had as an educator?The author reflects on the pride felt as an educator when students excel, as highlighted by the successful presentation of students at a STEM conference, attributing their success to innovative teaching methods and a supportive school environment that nurtures skills necessary for the global workplace.

North Carolina New Schools Features article by Ben Owens
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