Emily Chapelle is an Education Specialist for Compass Learning’s Project Based Learning Department. She supports classroom teachers, “connecting the dots” and “creating links” to make 21st century learning personal and meaningful for students.
Emily Chapelle holds a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan Flint, and currently resides in Austin, Texas where she works for Compass Learning, a K-12 educational software company . She views herself as a “bridge who connects the dots and creates links between different parties to help people collaborate and discuss things that will help them achieve a common goal” to “…identify needs to determine how to enrich and deepen learning, so all students will leave the classroom as inquisitive, well-rounded, innovative, and engaged members of society”.
Bringing 21st Century Learning Skills to the Classroom
GoQuest is a project based learning application used to bring all of the 21st century learning skills to the classroom to help students develop and learn skills that are applicable in everyday life. GoQuest uses Compass Learning’s unique Renzulli Profiler to help determine the interest, learning preferences, and expression styles of a student. This personalized approach builds an environment of student driven learning to develop collaboration and critical thinking skills while “using technology as a vehicle to meet the goals of classrooms, districts, and schools”.
Keeping Communication Open and Honest
Working as a consultant for GoQuest (Compass Learning) requires excellent communication and organization skills to facilitate the collaborative efforts required when working with groups and/or teams. Emily consults with educators such as teachers, curriculum coordinators, instructional technologist, principals, and researchers to focus on project based learning solutions. She states “keeping communications open and honest while connecting the right people” to collaborate allows all parties involved to achieve their goals.
Every Day is Different
As a person can imagine, working for GoQuest has the potential for a very busy work schedule. When asked about a typical work week, Emily simply states “every day is different because one day I can be working in the office finding new clients while sending emails and making phone calls and, on other days, I am in the field visiting sites we support”. In order to keep motivated while continuing to grow both personally and professionally, it is essential to surround oneself with people who make learning possible. But, in order to continue learning you have to “commit yourself to always having something you want to learn”.
What Does it Take to be “The Collaborator”?
In order to become a member of a team such as an Education Consultant with Compass Learning, a person has to have the desire to “think outside the box, work closely with people, and have the drive to always learn something new”.