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Speaking & Workshops
The Umi Project is available to run conference sessions or speak at events.
Help build capacity for teaching in the project-based and deeper learning frameworks. From developing PBL planning tools to supporting other educators in developing project ideas.
1-1 Leadership Consulting
Support for leaders in developing and implementing deeper-learning models and systems (project-based learning, student-led conferences, portfolios and more)
About The Umi Project
Mission: Through teacher professional development, project-based learning design, and coaching/consulting services with educators and leaders, The Umi Project redefines learning to be authentic and intentionally designed.
Vision & Values: We believe that people of all ages should be able to work and live in environments that provide authentic experiences, meaningful outcomes and contribute to a sustainable future. We value collective intent, deep understanding and responsibility.
Our Story: The Umi Project started as an idea: what does it take for a community to be sustainable? As educators, the answer to this question started with learning. When students are excited to learn and find meaning in the learning they do, they ultimately feel more aware and passionate about how they can contribute back to their community. When students know how to critically think, problem-solve, and even take risks and fail, they become agents of change early on in their life. This starts beyond just the type of curriculum or learning experiences a child has the opportunity to have. It starts at the foundation of how we choose to learn and collaborate as a community.
We live in fast-changing times, where the human experience is intimately linked with the outcomes of our environment. Sustainability no longer just implies the individual actions that one takes to better their world, but with the changing climate, our communities are dependent on the interdependent actions of all of us. The Umi Project focuses on doing the hard work of creating intentionally designed systems in education that contribute to the learning outcomes we hope for the next generation.
Working with Kay and the Umi Project is a joy. Kay is professional and passionate about deeper learning and education in general.
Our coaches have developed strengthened connections, our founding staff is more aligned and committed to the instructional design and values of our school, and our school year began with more instructional coherency as a result of Dr. Sturm’s work with our team.
The flow of information over the 6 weeks was developed well, it was fluid. And not being required to apply a strategy allowed me to apply what I was learning more authentically than some of the cycles that past PD’s have required (student voice and choice in action!)