BiographyDayna Laur is a veteran social studies teacher for multiple grade levels and courses. She has extensive co-teaching experience in a special education setting and has worked as a Career Academy Coordinator for the Health Sciences and Human Services sector. Dayna holds a B.A. in History from Virginia Tech, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University. She is a two-time National Board Certified teacher. Currently, she is enrolled as a doctoral student of instructional technology at Sam Houston State University.
Throughout her classroom tenure, Dayna worked closely with the Classrooms for the Future initiative in Pennsylvania, presenting to teachers, instructional technology coaches, administrators, and higher education faculty members on ways to integrate project-based learning in a technology rich and STEAM-focused classroom environment. During this time, she frequently keynoted events and served as a model teacher for the 501 school districts in the Commonwealth. She was a featured model teacher for Authentic Based Classroom Instruction as produced by the National Institute for Professional Practice. Edutopia showcased Dayna as a model teacher for Interdisciplinary PBL in their Schools That Work Series and she is a Lynda.com training series author.
Currently, Dayna works as a consultant to transforming best educational practices into more authentic, relevant, and appropriately complex learning experiences. Through this work, both stateside and internationally, Dayna strives to empower educators and their learners by implementing authentic challenges, a topic she pioneered in her 2013 book, Authentic Learning Experiences: A Real-World Approach to PBL. Her latest book, Developing Natural Curiosity Through Project-Based Learning: 5 Strategies for the PreK-3 Classroom outlines the foundation for the 5 Strategies to Finding a Solution.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Project-Based Learning, Technology Integration, Inquiry Learning, Student Reflection, Community Partnerships with Schools