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Carie Spannagel

Carie Spannagel is a Design Principal on the Design & Implementation Team. She has an extensive background in education, having served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and district administrator. Her passion lies in inquiry-driven instructional practices that promote student adaptability and innovation. One of her proudest achievements was being a part of the inaugural staff at a progressive school in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The school focused on project-based learning, small learning communities, and building a healthy school culture. Before joining Education Elements, Carie was the Director of Instruction and Digital Learning, where she supported digital learning, library services, and deeper learning work for students in the Austin, Texas, area. With nineteen years of experience in EC-12 education, Carie is a system-thinking leader focusing on strategic thinking and change management.

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District Leadership  |  School Leadership

If You Build It, They Will Create: Designing Maker Mindsets in Our Classrooms

As a kid, I loved designing and building things! All my dolls had their own custom- made furniture and Lego cars. I recently had the opportunity to design and build a maker space for educators to implement making and tinkering in their libraries and classrooms. Talk about a dream project-it was easy to get caught up in the fun of purchasing new equipment, gathering supplies, and designing experiences. The most important thing I learned is the vital role a maker mindset can have on students in stretching their critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. Maker spaces provide students with a platform to learn academic content while honing important life skills.

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