The POGIL Project

PNM 2023 Working Groups

As part of the application to attend the 2023 POGIL National Meeting, applicants are asked to indicate their choice of projects to work on during the meeting. Below is a list of the projects:

  • Addressing Equity: Guidelines for Embracing Equity (Continuing group. New members welcome) 

This group’s ongoing charge is to create Project-wide best practices for keeping diversity/equity/inclusion at the forefront of everything it produces; create a resource list for professional development; create equitable guidelines for writing activities; and write a curriculum for belonging space in the classroom. This year, in concert with other working groups, this group will also begin developing rubrics to measure how successful these best practices and guidelines are in POGIL activities and facilitation in embracing equity in the classroom. Goals 3.1 and 3.4

  • Addressing Equity: Learning Communities (Continuing group. New members welcome.)

This group is tasked with the development of a Learning Communities program that encourages new practitioners to continue to engage with the POGIL Project as they develop their POGIL practice. The group has developed training, assessment, and has implemented several Learning Communities for the 2021-22 academic year. It is working on developing a curriculum for a second year of participation for mentees,  assessing the program for improvements, and launching a new cohort of Learning Communities next fall. Goals 3 and 5

  • Addressing Equity: Targeted Recruitment (Continuing group. New members welcome.)  

This group is charged with identifying connections to professional development organizations and venues that will increase The POGIL Project’s profile with members of historically marginalized groups, as well as create mechanisms of feedback from these communities. It will also create a plan to recruit a cohort of practitioners from these groups. Goals 1.1, 1.5, 3.2, and 3.3

• Advanced Practitioner Experience (Continuing group. New members are welcome)

This group will discuss the creation of new opportunities to allow advanced practitioners to enhance their facilitation skills. Goals 1 and 5

• Evaluating the Impact of POGIL Professional Development (Continuing group. New members are welcome)

This group will create a plan to evaluate the success of POGIL professional development events, including the impact of these events on adoption and continued implementation. Goal 1.4

  • Lab Track Revision (New group)

This new working group will be updating the sessions in The Project's existing 3-day Lab Track. Particular attention will be paid to  DEI awareness, incorporating process skills, and encouraging sustainable lab practices. The general session, Intro to Labs, will also be updated by this team, It is likely this working group will meet beyond PNM, and into the winter. This group is especially seeking members who have experience facilitating or participating in the Lab Track sessions, or who have written their own laboratory activities. Goal 2

Networks (Continuing group. New members welcome.)

This group will focus on POGIL's existing virtual networks, and the identification and development of 2-3 virtual affinity groups. For these affinity groups, this working group will create a best practices document that will answer the questions of: Who will run/administer the groups? What topics will be addressed? What is the structure of the group? What platform will be utilized for meetings? The Networks group will also explore how to leverage current virtual initiatives to support other Project initiatives. This group will also continue to refine materials for robust local networks to provide resources, professional development, and community for current POGIL practitioners while growing and supporting the total number of practitioners.  This effort addresses Goal 5.3.

  • POGIL Activity Clearinghouse  (Continuing group. Limited to current PAC members)

The PAC's purpose is to facilitate the collaboration, peer review, and classroom testing stages associated with creating high-quality materials meeting the standards approved by The POGIL Project. The process of facilitating classroom testing is still awkward. A small group of PAC members will complete the development of a process for classroom testing and providing authors with feedback from the testing process.  The team will need to consider methods of recruiting testers, connecting the author and the testers, and documenting the review process.  The goal of the working group is a plan to modify classroom testing to streamline the process.  Additionally, PAC team members will build connections to the other Working Groups, especially, Networks, High School Activity Revision, and Addressing Equity: Guidelines for Embracing Equity. This working group will only consist of current PAC members. (Goals 2.2, 2.3, 2.5)