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Design-Based Learning: Doing Begins Learning
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March 20, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Design-Based Learning: Doing Begins Learning


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Design-Based Learning: Doing Begins Learning


March 20, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT






Grade Level Grades K-12, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Teaching students the skills and mindset needed to become fully engaged in their communities has never been more important. The Doreen Nelson Method of Design-Based Learning© (DBL), a versatile, hands-on methodology with more than 50 years of application in schools around the world, does just that. With tools and techniques for daily practice across grade levels and subject content areas, students learn how to coexist and thrive in an ever-evolving and complex world. This session is a dynamic showcase of how the DBL methodology promotes creative and critical thinking, self-expression, teamwork and decision-making processes to engage students as active participants in their learning and in life.

This 2024 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session will feature DBL founder, Doreen Gehry Nelson, a distinguished educator, former K-12 classroom teacher and author, who will speak to the relevancy of the methodology in today’s classrooms. Dave Cameron, a high school chemistry teacher and the interim project director of the Design-Based Learning Project at UCLA Center X, will dive into classroom applications to illustrate how teachers can bring required curriculum to life through a student-imagined, student-built tabletop Starter City of the Future.

From designing thought-provoking, collaborative projects to incorporating real-world scenarios that mirror contemporary civic challenges – all in the context of the student-built Starter City of the Future – participants will discover how DBL elevates the learning experience for K-12 students and provides an alternative to formulaic teaching that nurtures active learning and a deep understanding of community connections among students.

Join us as we demonstrate how Design-Based Learning will build a community in your classroom that ignites students’ curiosity and inspires them to become leaders involved in their learning.


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CEO/Founder, The Center for City Building Educational Programs

Doreen Gehry Nelson, Hon. AIA, is the Founding Director of the Design-Based Learning Project at UCLA’s School of Education & Information Studies–Center X and her archive and oral history are housed at the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. 

Nelson is a Professor Emerita of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, School of Education and Integrative Studies, where she established a two-year master’s degree program for K–12 teachers, and was an Adjunct Professor at the Cal Poly College of Environmental Design. 

An award-winning, 50-year veteran educator, published author in the field of education, and public school K-12 teacher for 15 years, Nelson developed her Design-Based Learning methodology in the 1960s. Named one of 30 top American innovators in education in 1991 by the New York Times, she is the recipient of both the American Institute of Architecture’s prestigious Lifetime Honorary Membership and the California State University’s statewide Wang Award for Excellence in Education.

Nelson has taught her methodology to thousands of educators worldwide, at Harvard, Stanford, and the Smithsonian Institution, London’s Royal College of Art, and Japan’s Sendai Science Museum, and in the computer world, she worked with Apple Computer researchers and contributed to the original Maxis SimCity simulation.

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High School Teacher and Interim Project Director, San Gabriel Unified School District

David Cameron is a High School Teacher with experience across multiple disciplines at Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel. He uses Design Based Learning to amplify the Next Generation Science Standards, (NGSS), in his Science classes. David is also the interim project director for the Design-Based Learning Project at UCLA Center X. He first learned about Design-Based Learning by attending the Summer Institute for Teachers at Art Center in Pasadena followed by the San Gabriel District cohort dedicated to Design Based Learning. Currently he implements the methodology in all of his High School classes: Chemistry, World History, and Computer Science: Python.

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

In addition, Share My Lesson has arrangements in place as follows:



The Center for City Building Education.pdf

March 20, 2024
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1 Reviews
Well done!
The presenters offered a wealth of information and great examples for implementation.
Natalie Dean
April 02, 2024