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In Depth, Experiential Learning @ Brightworks, SF

In Depth, Experiential Learning @ Brightworks, SF | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

The Arc is the fundamental rhythm of a Brightworks education. With three major arcs each year, students move through intensive immersions, emphasizing depth over breadth, integrating and contextualizing the development of skills and domain knowledge.
1. Exploration, students delve into fundamental questions about a topic – what is it? why is it important? – and also to expand skill bases and introduce concepts through work with related experts as well as field research, structured games, and practice.
2. Expression, students build on what they learned in Exploration by creating anything from a structure or art object to an experiment, a research project, or a performance, centered around whatever facet of the arc topic has caught their intellectual interest. Collaborators and experts support students in project management, documentation, perseverance, collaboration, and specific skills to complete their project.
3. Exposition, students explain their work to their community through written and oral presentations, question sessions, and demonstrations. In doing so they develop robust and flexible communication skills and integrate their most recent work into their continuing intellectual and social-emotional growth.

Reflection and assessment to write/reflect on process and presentation of their work during the arc. 

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Teenagers in Md. create a pop-up museum to explain their lives, struggles

Teenagers in Md. create a pop-up museum to explain their lives, struggles | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
Museum of Contemporary American Teenagers may be a first, supporters say.
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A New Model for Transcripts

A New Model for Transcripts | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
Finally, a better way of demonstrating mastery! 1. No Standardization of Content--The performance areas, credit standards (rubrics, etc.) and credits are specific only to the individual crediting school, and will never be standardized across schools. 2. No Grades Letter grading (or numerical equivalent) will not be used. 3. Consistent Transcript Format Transcript has to be readable by college admission officers (once trained) in less than two minutes. Therefore, the transcript format has to be reasonably consistent across MTC schools.
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The Corrosion of High School Debate—And How It Mirrors American Politics

The Corrosion of High School Debate—And How It Mirrors American Politics | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

"Over time I began to realize that high school debate was my firsthand education in the perversion and abuse of language. I learned how language could be used to conceal, to muddle."        


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Be very deliberate and careful when implementing a school debate program. Be sure to attend the competitions to observe what transpires and determine whether *all*  types of debate are worthwhile. I was deeply dismayed by the ways some fostered cynicism, unethical behavior, and anti-intellectualism to game the system. 
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CITYterm @ Master's School, NYC

CITYterm @ Master's School, NYC | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

Brooklyn Bridge - CITYterm    The Urban Core is CITYterm's signature curriculum. Classes are woven together in an interdisciplinary design that facilitates and challenges students’ thinking and builds their skills as learners. Students receive academic credit for all three courses.

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Students spend a semester engaged in project-based learning in NYC and The Masters School.
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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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Wildfire Education | Problem-Based Education

Wildfire Education | Problem-Based Education | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

In the Korda Method, "Students gain deep knowledge, master 21st century skills and develop habits of mind as they solve real problems supplied by a person, business or organization.The curriculum provides the method for selecting problems and partners. The time required by the partners is minimal.  Students are given problems that matter to them, a team, and a deadline when they will present their evidence-based solutions to the partner.

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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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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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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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Better Option for Gifted Students Online @ Pioneer Academics 

Pioneer Academics offers gifted students access to college professors who mentor them on original and in-depth research studies. The students choose from 26 academic research areas covering STEM, social sciences, humanities, and pre-professional; and each study culminates with an undergraduate-level research paper that showcases students’ originality, articulation, analytical skills, and writing. This new way of guiding gifted students reconnects gifted students’ learning with their interests and challenges their intellectual potential in a tailored way

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Students Earn Digital Credentials for Adding New Skills

Students Earn Digital Credentials for Adding New Skills | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it

"Students collect their badges in a "digital backpack" hosted on the credentialing platform Credly. Clicking on each badge allows a viewer to see artifacts that demonstrate a student's proficiency in a specific area—that could be a video, an essay, or a blog entry, for example.
A pilot project in Chicago is highlighting how credentialing can be used outside of school walls to help students gain workforce skills. The initiative is based on work by the nonprofit organization LRNG, which created an open-badging and learning-platform program that fashioned digital credentials of all sorts and grouped them with learning experiences into playlists allowing users to progress through learning and earn employment opportunities.
"Right now, the way school is set up, the only learning that counts is what happens in school and the credentials that gives," said Connie Yowell, the CEO for LRNG. "To keep up with shifts in the world of work, we have to be flexible and allow learning to happen in a variety of places, and for it to count."

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How Springside Chestnut Hill Academy trains its students to be social entrepreneurs - Generocity Philly

How Springside Chestnut Hill Academy trains its students to be social entrepreneurs - Generocity Philly | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
“The idea behind [CEL] was to ensure that our students are not just ready for college when they leave SCH, but ready to make a lasting impact on the world around them,” said CEL Executive Director Edward Glassman.
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HawkENtrepreneurship

HawkENtrepreneurship | Engaged Education! Ways schools spark students' curiosity and nurture their talents and interests | Scoop.it
Develop a MindsetHawken students develop an entrepreneur's mindset by getting inside real entrepreneur's brains and finding out how they do what they do. Next, they solve entrepreneur's real-life problems. All this prepares them to develop their own business models.Solve ProblemsWhen resources are limited, entrepreneurs from near and far turn to Hawken students for help in solving complex problems and fixing what's broken.Use New ToolsDiscover a host of new tools on our website. Links to leaders in entrepreneurial education, slidedecks, videos, reading materials and more. 

 

 
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The City is the Classroom @ Blyth-Templeton Academy

The City is the Classroom @ 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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GetWET brings you a Signature Program/ STEM/ Research/ Service Learning/ Rooted in the Community

GetWET brings you a Signature Program/ STEM/ Research/ Service Learning/ Rooted in 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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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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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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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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