MPACT 2013 has ended

The Curriculum & Instruction Department of Manor ISD is pleased to announce MPACT.  Through MPACT, learners will be inspired to impact our students, exchange ideas with other teacher leaders, administrators, and community partners; and learn ways to engage and motivate our diverse student population. This teaching and learning institute is appropriate for all of us because we are interested in "Impacting Student Achievement Through Engaged, Aligned Classrooms."  

We encourage you to arrive early for check in to get your swag bag and to start your day networking with your fellow MISD educators before the sessions begin . Click here to download a pdf version of the full progam for MPACT. It will provide you with tips on how to make the most of your day. Additionally, SCHED Planner is the tool you will use to build your personal itinerary for MPACT. Most sessions are designed for any audience and  sessions are faciliated by your peers and some guest speakers. If you are unsure how to register, watch this video.

Star the sessions that you would like to attend. Choose only ONE session per timeslot. It will be important that you bring your technology since we will not have paper copies available and any updates to sessions and session locations will be available on this site only. Remember to bookmark the mobile app or print your schedule before you come. Dress comfortably as there are some sessions that will be very interactive. Finally, check out all of our participating vendors and exhibitors. Stop by their tables to hear and/or see what they have to offer. You never know what types of goodies you will pick up at their tables or what you may win at the end of the day.  See you at MPACT! 


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Mary Mobley

Manor ISD
PBL Instructor
Austin, TX
I believe that more focus on the 21st Century skills such as Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Collaboration Skills, Contextual Learning, Communication Skills, Creativity and Innovation Skills, and Information/Media Literacy Skills would give those students who are problems, bored, or apathetic in traditional classrooms an outlet to express their full potentials. The format of project-based learning encompasses each of these skills and allows the students to drive questioning, learning and build a product within criteria specified by the teacher.

This method of student learning does not merely benefit the educational system as far as student progress is concerned, it accounts for retaining quality teachers as well. Project-based learning requires a teacher who is willing to "rethink thinking", be a lifelong learner, look for progressive professional developments, and learn subject areas outside of their own specialties. These teachers have the ability to incorporate other subject areas into their own in order to give the students real-world context for learning concepts and not just rote worksheets. In addition, these teachers are willing to put more than time into their work, they are putting additional creativity and application into projects so as to marry ideas in ways that are enticing and engaging to students.

My Moderators Sessions

Tuesday, August 20