Assistant Professor Named Chair of International LEAP Advisory Board

Posted on March 13, 2013.

HPU High Point University LEGO LEAPHIGH POINT, N.C., March 13, 2013 – High Point University assistant professor of education, Dr. Shirley Disseler, was recently named chairperson of the Global LEGO Education Advisory Panel’s (LEAP) Advisory Board. As part of her new role, Disseler recently traveled to Denmark to meet with educators from around the world.

The board, composed of educators from the U.S., U.K., Czech Republic and China, will meet to discuss potential products and marketing plans for LEGO that can be used as educational tools in classrooms.

This stems off of the success of Disseler’s work with the LEGO Education Project at HPU. Disseler and education graduate students worked to develop a brand new product for LEGO to market to teachers. The details of the product are not being released, but Disseler and the students have already implemented some of their work in local elementary schools.

“We’re putting creativity back in the classroom,” says Disseler. “It’s so rewarding to see that spark on the kids’ faces when they’re engaged in what they’re learning.”

LEGO Education offers unique solutions for educators who want to incorporate innovation, creativity and hands-on learning into the classroom. It gives students the tools to learn by experience and develop teamwork and problem solving skills.

Disseler says it also gives her students a unique opportunity to act as educational leaders. Now, when they go into schools, they’re instructing other teachers on how to implement the projects.

HPU will host a LEGO Showcase Event from 1 to 5 p.m. on April 13 in the School of Education. Students and teachers are invited for showcases on building, robotics and a free build area.

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