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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter Session 2020 will run from December 26, 2019 to January 18, 2020, with three-week on-campus classes beginning on January 2, 2020. We will update the Winter Session site in September. If you would like to receive an email when this happens, please join our email list. In the meantime, you may want to browse through the site to get an idea of what we offer.

Project-Based Learning in Baton Rouge

January 7–11, 2019


This service-learning course is an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary team of students to spend a week in January at a special elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school has responded to low student test scores in a brave, unusual way: by integrating project-based learning and the arts into its curriculum.

To help the school build its capacity for project-based learning, in 2017 the team worked with children and teachers to make music videos. In 2018 each student in grades 4 and 5 wrote and illustrated an original short story (based on a damaged or neglected object pulled from a strange “treasure chest”) and bound it between hard covers. In 2019, the instructor and school are hard at work on a new project and will be announcing the details soon.