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Learning Math in a PBL Program is Way Different (and that’s okay!)

Since this project started, I’ve constantly struggled to see where math fits into a project-based learning environment. The math most of our students would naturally use in academic research is heavy in statistics, modeling, and basic Algebra/Geometry. Conversely, the standard … Continue reading

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“What Might Assessment Look Like?” Part One

The word “assessment” is a loaded one. It can strike fear in the hearts of teachers and students alike. Does quality assessment look like neat bubbles filled in with No. 2 pencil, five paragraphs, a poster, or something else? Should … Continue reading

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[FAQ] What is STEM?

In its most literal sense the commonly used acronym “STEM” refers to “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”  Within the traditional framework of disciplinary coursework, STEM thus encompasseses an institution’s collection of courses offered in each of these four disparate content … Continue reading

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[FAQ] Why? Defining the Need… Part II

In my first post delving into this topic, I attempted to provide the broadest, longest range perspective on why the team believes the new school initiative at Greenwich High School is not only a great idea but a necessary one. … Continue reading

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[FAQ] What Could a School Day Look Like?

The following represents what we think may occur in a typical student day. We hope you comment, ask questions, and give feedback. These ideas are certain to evolve over time. Jack arrives at school and meets another student in one … Continue reading

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[FAQ] Why? Defining the Need…

Note: The following post reflects current thinking and we invite your commentary and input as we move forward. One of the most common themes that has emerged in the variety of conversations we’ve had with students, teachers, administrators, and community … Continue reading

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[FAQ] Who’s the target student?

Who is the target student for the new school? Well, there isn’t one. WAIT – before you shrug and walk away, hear me out. We don’t think there’s one specific type of student that can benefit from this program more … Continue reading

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Creating a Laboratory for Innovation and Change

I would like to take a moment to consider one of the simple truths of the universe – change is hard.  Newton’s First Law holds that bodies resist change, such that bodies at rest will stay at rest and bodies … Continue reading

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