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About - Blyth-Templeton Academy

About - Blyth-Templeton Academy | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

 Average class sizes of 8 Block schedule, with 3 periods a day of 2 hours and 20 minutes  Unique 4-term approach
Seamless access to Blyth Global High School, Blyth Academy Online, and Blyth International Summers/Community Service programs

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All courses meet daily for two hours and twenty minutes for 1 term. The school doesn’t use textbooks or formal lectures. Some classes are high level while others combine students from all four grades, enabling students to experience the subject matter together, with assignments varying according to the learner’s academic level. Tuition is kept low through blended learning, no sports, and widespread use of the community to extend learning.
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Design Minds

Design Minds | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

Toolkits designed to introduce the guiding principles of empathic, graphic, and industrial design for grades K-12

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Personalized Learning@Lake County, FL

Personalized Learning@Lake County, FL | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
Personalized Learning @ South Lake High
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Students are assessed to determine their level of mastery on a particular standard or group of standards. Based on their level of knowledge, interests, and learning preferences, students will be assigned a personalized learning path to help them achieve mastery. For some students, that path may involve one-on-one work with the teacher; for others, the path my include working on adaptive software on a computer; for others, it may involve collaborative group work; and for others, it may include applying knowledge in real-world projects. The student and teacher work together to continually assess progress and re-adjust the student’s learning path based on that assessment.
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Teaching entrepreneurship@Madison, WI Public Schools

Teaching entrepreneurship@Madison, WI Public Schools | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
“The four skills spell out I-D-E-A," Brandon said. "If we could teach the students four basic skills — imagination, design, execution and adaptation — we believe those are the four core elements of any entrepreneur but also those are great life skills to have."
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Curricular Innovation@The Park School of Baltimore

Curricular Innovation@The Park School of Baltimore | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

Founded in 1912, the school’s core values, rooted in the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey, sustain an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. Our curriculum incorporates interdisciplinary study, experiential learning and authentic research. 

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A sample of courses:  International Student-led Arctic Monitoring and Research;  Bad Girls: Women in Literature and Film;   Chesapeake;   Risk Factors and Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Disease;   Civil Rights Movement: Reconstruction to the Present;   The Constitution Through Supreme Court Cases;   Molecular Gastronomy;   Knot Theory and Topology    

Excellent way to respond dynamically to students' interests and teach them relevant real-world application!

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Student Government@Indian Springs School

Student Government@Indian Springs School | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

Indian Springs is unique in that we run the school as a small town with a student government that reflects our belief that student involvement is critical to the running of the school. In accordance with the school's Constitution, students have real authority to effect change through the Student Government.

The student government is headed by the Mayor, who along with six Commissioners and the Judiciary, meet weekly to tackle issues, embracing our motto of "Learning Through Living".

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The ISS Student Government holds regular informational Town Meetings and has the discretion to call special-topic Town Meetings, with or without faculty, to address issues of concern to the student body or the school community as a whole. Last year, students revised the ISS Constitution to replace gender-neutral language (“he or she,” “his or her”) with gender-inclusive pronouns (“they,” “them,” and “their”) to refer to individuals in a student-led initiative “to be inclusive to all members of the community.”  AUTHENTIC student governance is training for civic responsibility. 

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Edjoycation

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Irvington Schools strive to provide a balanced and healthy education experience that is fun and engaging to students. One of the major problems we face on campus is an epidemic in student stress. 

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Irvington folks update this site with articles from around the web that deal with student stress issues. 

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Opportunity Culture - Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers —

Opportunity Culture - Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers — | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
The U.S. spends more per capita on K–12 education than almost every other country on Earth. Yet achievement gaps persist, and we have fallen behind globally. Why? Only 25 percent of classes are taught by excellent teachers. Existing strategies alone will never fill our 3 million classrooms with teachers as good as today’s top 25 percent. Schools can fix this by extending the reach of excellent teachers using job redesign and technology.
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Opportunity Culture extends the reach of excellent teachers and their teams to more students, for more pay, within budget. Teachers gain time to plan and collaborate, and everyone gets more support.

 

Use paraprofessionals widely to attend to the details that free teachers to do what they love and do best!

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Career Preparation @ P-Tech

Career Preparation @ P-Tech | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
P-Tech, which opened in the autumn of 2011, was developed by IBM in partnership with New York city and the City University of New York. It aims to shake up education and change what vocational education means. Unlike most American high-schools, it is a six-year programme instead of the usual four. At the end of six years, if not before, pupils will finish with an associate degree at no cost to the student. In a country with $1.2 trillion in college debt, 40m student loan borrowers and average student debt of $35,000 that is no small thing. When they finish school, pupils will have a shot at joining Big Blue.
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Menu of Global Programs @ Cape Henry Collegiate

*Global Education Curriculum – Focused on developing 21st-century skills, the Nexus curriculum includes a diverse and dynamic variety of global studies courses, clubs, speakers and activities. In weekly Skype sessions, students join in collaborative classroom projects with students from around the world, fostering the understanding of other nations and cultures.
*Language and Cultural Immersion – Allow students to develop advanced foreign language and communication skills in real-world settings to develop a higher level of proficiency and a deeper understanding of cultural differences.
*Service Learning – Integrates meaningful community service with instruction to enrich the educational experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Students use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems and are empowered to change the world for the better, in ways both large and small.
*Adventure Learning – Immersive local and international field-learning experiences combine academic, language and service-learning components. Develop a uniquely informed and sophisticated perspective on the world around them.
*Global Scholars Program and Diploma Distinction – Students complete a prescribed curriculum and additional requirements.

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Cape Henry provides opportunities for global education in a variety of formats accessible to every student.

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Make School a Democracy

Make School a Democracy | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

In a report last year, the American Institutes for Research concluded that students who attended so-called deeper learning high schools — which emphasize understanding, not just memorizing, academic content; applying that understanding to novel problems and situations; and developing interpersonal skills and self-control — recorded higher test scores, were more likely to enroll in college and were more adept at collaboration than their peers in conventional schools.

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Abraham Lincoln: "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." And in this article, "Rather than being run as a mini-dictatorship, with the principal as its unquestioned leader, the school operates as a self-governing community, where teachers, parents and students have a real say in how it is run."   

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Center for Civic and Global Leadership @ Norfolk Academy

The earlier in their careers that exceptional students begin to think of themselves as future public leaders who can promote a better society, the greater the likelihood they will become such leaders. - Frank Batten


In 2011, Norfolk Academy established The Center for Civic and Global Leadership not only to further the school’s mission but also to prepare students to become principled civic leaders. Central to that mission is a commitment to public purpose and service -- to recognize and help address the challenges leaders in our own community and across the globe face: the environment, health care, poverty, education and international relations, to name a few.

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Scholars Program @ St. Paul's School For Girls

Scholars Program @ St. Paul's School For Girls | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

 A 3-year independent study opportunity in which students research one topic and its impact on their local and global communities, present their findings, and, ultimately, propose a response that will benefit others. 9th grade: Apply. 10th grade: Research Methods course and refine their research proposals. 11th grade: Develop an experiment and gather data on their topic, design a presentation for local or national science fairs. 12th grade: Continue to collect data and work with a mentor through an internship that enriches their understanding of their subject area. The project culminates with a capstone paper and presentation to the SPSG community and, when appropriate, a presentation to a community- based organization in their field of study.  

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Social Entrepreneurship Program --turnkey! for gr 9-12

Social Entrepreneurship Program --turnkey! for gr 9-12 | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
We take students through the entrepreneurial journey. It is not an academic exercise; students learn real-world lessons on what it takes to solve problems through innovation. 
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SeedSpot draws upon all the best practices in Entrepreneurship Education: Design Thinking, Steve Blank, Eric Ries, Business Model Canvas...it's all there in a program a teacher can easily implement at your school. 
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Northside Texas high school students built these awesome tiny homes from shipping containers

Northside Texas high school students built these awesome tiny homes from shipping containers | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
Several students at Northside ISD's Construction Careers Academy were judged Thursday for work on a nearly-year-long project of building three tiny homes from shipping containers.
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GetWET brings you a Signature Program/ STEM/ Research/ Service Learning/ Rooted i the Community

GetWET brings you a Signature Program/ STEM/ Research/ Service Learning/ Rooted i the Community | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
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GetWET! brings collaborative environmental research into the community through the classroom in order to understand local environmental changes and promote public health through safe drinking water. Students have published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences--as peer-scientists, not as students-- and won national awards for their work through this astonishing and innovative program.

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Service Learning + Design Thinking @ Germantown Academy

Service Learning + Design Thinking @ Germantown Academy | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
The New Community Project is an Upper School program that combines design-thinking with an intensive study of literature to help foster meaningful relationships with the city of Philadelphia. We do this by examining both the variegated narratives of a particular novel and a Philadelphia nonprofit organization. By deconstructing both “texts” simultaneously, we compare and contrast the human concerns and conflicts that impact and shape both constructs.
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Innovative take on service-learning!

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Music in the Halls@The Northwest School

Music in the Halls@The Northwest School | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
You can reach for a guitar or ukulele no matter where you are in our school. These instruments hang from padded hooks on every floor, and during class breaks they’re often in students’ hands, filling the air with music. The founders of the school believed music should be part of the students’ daily lives, not only for the beauty of the sound but also the beauty of the instrument. The only rule for making music in our hallways is that no amplified, canned, or boom box music is allowed – you must make the music yourself, using the instrument and your own voice.
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New book and Film: Beyond Measure

New book and Film: Beyond Measure | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

From the director of Race to Nowhere, the popular 2010 documentary on our education system that has become a long-running grassroots phenomenon, and a new film, Beyond Measure, comes a groundbreaking book for parents, students, and educators on how to revolutionize learning, prioritize children’s health, and re-envision success for a lifetime. 

http://beyondmeasurefilm.com

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Teachers who cut students’ workload see scores rise; kids discover their own motivation; schools that institute later start times have well-rested students who are able to learn more efficiently; and schools that emphasize depth over test prep find students more attentive, inventive, and ready to thrive. In so doing, it empowers all of us to redefine learning and success, and to discover the true, untapped potential awaiting our children, not just in college, but in life.

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Global Scholar certificate @ IL Public Schools

Global Scholar certificate @ IL Public Schools | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
Students who seek the Global Scholar Certificate will have to complete five requirements:

• Take eight courses designated by the district as globally focused. Courses can be in arts, world languages, social studies, communication, sciences and career or technical education.

• Complete at lest one globally focused service learning project approved by the district.

• Collaborate with global peers in person or through virtual communication.

• Participate in globally focused student activities through school or an outside institution.

• Complete a capstone project by investigating a global issue, producing an artifact such as a paper, film, work of art or infographic and communicating the findings to someone affected by the issue.
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High School Students Develop Life Skills and Financial Literacy in "Harsh Reality" Program

High School Students Develop Life Skills and Financial Literacy in "Harsh Reality" Program | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

Internship teaches students the realities of life:

First, we find our supervisor's salary and title, and then we extrapolate what our estimated salary and expenses will be. We calculated our benefits, including insurance and retirement plan. With our calculated budget in hand, we flesh out the costs of living (rental vs. home-owning) and go through the house-hunting process. We find roommates, search for houses on craigslist, and even go to an onsite open house. Students learn what to look for when buying a home and how to be realistic. Typical nightly Facebook conversations among peers in the program have changed from "Where do you want to get lunch tomorrow?" to "Where do you want to live?" and "Are utilities included?"

Second, we gauge our transportation costs. We look for cars and compute the expenses for gas and our commute to and from our internship. Third, we figure out our health care and monthly expenses. And finally, we put it all together in an oral presentation for our peers at the end of the semester.

The oral presentation links two different subjects: Workplace Learning and Oral Rhetoric. Using visual aid like a PowerPoint or iMovie, we present our Harsh Reality Project. It is almost like going to "Career Day" and learning about each profession through a student's perspective. We show the class our expenses and the life we have built for ourselves.

Editor's Note: Today's guest blogger is Lily Boyar a high school junior in Marin County, CA. She attends a yearlong experiential education program called Team. 

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How to do service trips better: A handbook for changing the world

How to do service trips better: A handbook for changing the world | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

Working Side by Side: Creating Alternative Breaks as Catalysts for Global Learning, Student Leadership, and Social Change.  "How to create and sustain such programs, which offer students the chance to work with community partners on social justice issues in areas ranging from their own backyard to countries around the world."

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Too often, service trips reinforce an unfortunate power dynamic of wealthy Caucasian ministering unto a marginalized population, rather than fostering true understanding and partnership. 

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Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies @ Wilbraham & Monson

Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies @ Wilbraham & Monson | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

CEGS serves as the History and Social Science department. The Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center serves as the showcase facility for economics, finance and entrepreneurship classes.

To prepare students for success at the university level and beyond, CEGS also offers guest speakers, conferences and international travel opportunities to allow students opportunities to personally engage with the people, institutions and challenges of the modern world. 

 

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Students learn to think and act like entrepreneurs, including utilizing opportunity evaluation, critical thinking, and flexibility in all areas of academic life. Students are engaged in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of real programs, including for-profit and nonprofit ventures. While students are learning about globalism in theory, CEGS provides real-world opportunities to use those skills.

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Caring for the Space@The Northwest School

Caring for the Space@The Northwest School | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

Open any closet at the school and you are bound to see a vacuum. We have a fleet of 40 vacuums, all of which have personalities and most of which have names. Here, they are an essential learning tool, along with a host of other cleaning supplies. Three times a week students and faculty stop what they are doing and grab vacuum cleaners, mops, rags, and other supplies and clean the school buildings and surrounding neighborhood. This is simply what we do. We believe that learning to take care of the planet and environment begins right where you stand.

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This also underscores the dignity of work and democratizes the responsibility for caring for our space. 

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Narrative Assessment without grades CAN be done @ Wildwood in CA

Narrative Assessment without grades CAN be done @ Wildwood in CA | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

G.P.A and Grading System The cumulative G.P.A is based on all course work completed between the 9th through 12th grades. One additional point is awarded to classes designated as honors courses. Wildwood uses narrative assessments to provide a clear understanding of a student’s progress in each subject area. Narrative assessments function in the place of letter grades. Assessments are converted to grade point averages for the purpose of applying to colleges and universities. 

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Be unapologetic and courageous in your academic philosophy! Universities will adjust accordingly.

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