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Course Description

Get inspired and bring joy into your classroom by engaging your students in projects focused on their self-selected passions. Learn how to implement these high-impact projects in your own classroom through the 6 easy-to-follow steps outlined by McNair in her quick-read Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry - Passion, Plan, Pitch, Project, Product, and Presentation. These projects are known by many names: Genius Hour, Passion Projects, 20% Time, but they have one thing in common: students taking charge of their learning by exploring their passions. Through this course you will reflect on your current practice, develop your own plan for Genius Hour, and implement Genius Hour in your classroom.  You can do it! Use the easy-to-follow steps laid out in McNair’s book along with the assignments in this course for a fun and engaging experience for both you and your students. Grades K-12.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the benefits and the basics of implementing Genius Hour
  • Reflect on current practice
  • Understand the importance of 21st Century skills and how the 4 Cs support developing these skills.
  • Understand the importance of implementing projects in steps - passion, plan, pitch project, product, and presentation.
  • Tips and tricks for Genius Hour Success
  • Implementing Genius Hour
  • Action Plan
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Section Title
Genius Hour: Simple Steps to Increase Student Engagement through Passion Projects
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $660.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry by Andi McNair

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)


Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.


Refund Policy: Withdrawal requests submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Section Title
Genius Hour: Simple Steps to Increase Student Engagement through Passion Projects
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (4 units) $790.00
Available for Credit
4 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry by Andi McNair

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)


Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.


Refund Policy: Withdrawal requests submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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