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Mission Statement:

Project Academy will foster a working environment (Culture ) that treats individuals as partners. It will establish a community of people who will work together for the common good of the team.  Classroom atmosphere will balances trust, risk-taking, originality and respect. It will be an innovation-friendly environment that embraces fast-cycle sharing, supports risk taking, and celebrates learning from failure... establishing a protective environment. 

The teacher will act as the facilitator but allowing the students to develop their own learning using questions and feedback to create life-long learning. The approach of continuous improvement will be practiced through out the program.

 

Documents
PD overview 6-8,Hour Schedule
Timing of the PD The PD schedule is completed in three phases:
  • Major training
  • 6 month follow-up to review and re-enforce
  • 9 month feedback and corrections
 Project Academy summary PDF file
Slides PDF file
Small projects that support main project File
Life-skills web-site
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Facilitation skills Emphasis on building learning skills by facilitating meta-cognitive questions during the process

 

 

Role of the facilitator: The definition of facilitate is "to make easy" or "ease a process." What a facilitator does is plan, guide, provide feedback and manage a group event to ensure that the group's objectives are met effectively, with clear thinking, good participation and full buy-in from everyone who is involved.

 

Ask“What do you think?” And then wait. After an answer is given ask, “What else?” And then wait. Repeat five to seven more times.

 

Starting a Program

Bring inspired learning to your school with an After-School Project Based Learning activity

Students need a fun environment that teaches life skills while solving real world problems

Our school year and summer programs offer Project-Based Learning and Service Learning activities to immerse students in hands-on learning experiences that develop both their academic and social-emotional skills. 

Why choose Project Academy as your partner?

·         Customized: Our After-School programs are not off-the-shelf, pre-packaged programs. We customize each program to the needs of your specific school and community. We'll conduct needs assessment with teachers, school personnel, and parents to craft a program that really suits your school and meets your goals.

·         Experienced: As a partner, we bring to the table deep experience in creating and managing high quality school programs for all age ranges, and for students across the learning continuum -  We have trained many schools in doing Engineering Lens programs and will do the same for Project Academy.

·         An active partnership: Typically, Project Academy will partner with your school to identify and train a program coordinator from your own staff, so that the program is truly integrated with your school's culture and curriculum.

 

 

 

For more information, contact:

Bill Wolfson

Cell: 508-380-3747

billw@projectacademy.org

www.projectacademy.org

 

 

Key learning Outcomes:

Creating and having a strong organizational culture.
Using questioning, why, what and how;  While we doing activities.
Creating learning targets…How will I be successful.  measurements & feedback.
Developing a team mind-set.  (Teams build character, culture and community.)

Students must have a strong  commitment to the team:

  • High standards ... work effort, quality
  • Make each team member successful
Understanding brain plasticity… growth mindset.
Internalize the problem solving process.
Understand the benefits of continuous improvement and excellence.

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  • Oscar Wilde once suggested, "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

 

  • Roth takes a Wilde a step further, suggesting, "Be your best self and

    then become a better you each day."