“The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers.”

That’s a quote from Daniel Pink, author of “A Whole New Mind” – and the basis for a new learning community that’s taking shape at Scott High School.

student-centered project-basedBeginning next fall, Scott’s new Renaissance Academy will be home to more than 100 freshman and sophomore students selected to participate in the new student-centered project-based program.

The student-centered project-based program encourages students to use 21st Century skills, think outside the box and question the “why” and “how” of what they’re learning in the classroom.

Emphasizing the use of more student-centered project-based program learning that involves six main concepts listed in Pink’s book about education reform.

The Student-centered project-based

  • empathy (conflict resolution and understanding others’ perspectives)
  • design (invention, reverse engineering)
  • story (creative writing narrative and personal connections to the text)
  • symphony (big picture, how components work together)
  • play (role playing, theater and study games)
  • meaning (theme, personal narratives, reflections and analysis)

The student-centered project-based Renaissance Academy will be a whole new way of teaching and learning at Scott, according to English teacher Soula Palassis.

“The student-centered project-based curriculum will meet state standards, but it will be done in a more meaningful way,” said Palassis, one of five teachers who will lead the student-centered project-based Academy.

“The student-centered project-based school will allow our more creative, ‘right-brain’ students, who may not succeed in a traditional classroom, to experience school in a whole new way.

“They’ll make connections…and see the reality and real-world significance of what they’re learning.”

The Academy’s core teachers will be Palassis, foreign language teacher Rebecca Bradley, history teacher Dan Wooley, math teacher Megan Shelley and science teacher Paul Krusling.

The Academy team started researching the idea of the student-centered project-based program last year… CONTINUE READING

 Thank you to Cincinnati.com for information provided in this article.

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