Thursday, March 12, 2015

Project Based Learning Focus @ NSE

The faculty and staff at NSE have had a heart for project based learning for awhile now.  We are excited to announce that NSE will be joining the second RSD2 cohort working with the Buck Institute of Education (BIE) starting this summer. BIE will give the faculty and staff a model or guide for developing units of study involving engaging and real world projects.

All faculty and staff members are invited to attend a three day summer professional development this summer to start the process.  We will work with BIE trainers throughout the year to finalize our projects and refine our skills in planning these units.

"Project Based Learning's time has come.  The experience of thousands of teachers across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn -- and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.  Why are so many educators across the United States and around the world interested in this teaching method?  The answer is a combination of timeless reasons and recent developments." - BIE.org

These "recent developments" for NSE and RSD2 are the adoption of the new SC ELA and math standards. The SC standards are written to prepare our students for a career and the real world.  As a result, we need to be teaching through real world projects.  SC, RSD2, and NSE have adopted the following as the profile of a high school graduate.  



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