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NCSSM Chemistry Instructor Michael Bruno is one of two instructors nationwide to win the POGIL PEACH award. This is the third annual early achievement award to be issued by the POGIL Project.

POGIL, which stands for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, is a student-centered, group-learning instructional strategy and philosophy developed through research on how students learn best. The POGIL Project works with educators to disseminate its unique pedagogy at the secondary and college levels through professional development workshops around the nation, as well as to produce POGIL curricular materials for both high school and university classrooms.

The POGIL PEACH, given to one secondary and one post-secondary instructor each year, honors practitioners who are new to the Project, have distinguished themselves by advancing the goals of The Project, and who have an exceptional level of enthusiasm for active learning. Other criteria include leadership, active participation in disseminating POGIL pedagogy, and service such as workshop facilitation, authorship of activities, and participation in grant proposals.

Bruno, along with post-secondary winner Kristen Plessel of the University of Wisconsin-Rock County, will be honored at the upcoming POGIL Project National Meeting in St. Louis this June, where each will be presented with a plaque and a cash award.

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Originally published June 5, 2018.