Growing up in an undeserved background, Patrick didn't have many opportunities for college. Through participating in the LifeBridge Mentoring Program, Patrick embraces friendship and pursues his college education which allows him to explore his passion and succeed in life. Patrick's mentor James Turner is helping him to follow-up with his college application to Central State and continues to help provide Patrick with support for his high school to college transition.
Patrick has received a band scholarship after attending our college tour to Central State University. He auditioned by playing the drums and received a band scholarship on the spot.
The video below, which is featured in this month’s LifeBridge newsletter, is a remarkable presentation about the journey Patrick has taken to achieve his educational goals. (Click on the video to watch, or go to the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mktnrwhxat5hhsh/Bridgescape Draft 6HQ.mp4?dl=0
With assistance from the EdisonLearning Grants Department and Grants Manager Paula Asbury, the Bridgescape Academies plan to continue the mentoring program next school year, with plans to include Urban Early College Network Bridgescape Academy and to expand partnerships in all three cities: Columbus, Cleveland and Dayton.
On Wednesday, March 1, students from Bridgescape Learning Academies Humboldt Park and Lawndale traveled to Rosemont, Illinois to celebrate efforts to “Empower Young People to Change the World.”
We Day is a celebration that encourages our youth to make a difference in their local and global communities. “WE Schools” has designed a year-long program that nurtures the compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change. Together they offer young people tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives including their own.
We salute Directors Kisha Lang (Humboldt Park) and John Shenberger (Lawndale) for allowing our students to participate in this life-impacting event. They say WE DAY!
On January 27, EdisonLearning announced that it had acquired Mavericks in Education, a Florida-based network of six charter schools providing students a unique path to earning their high school diplomas. The following day, EdisonLearning CEO Thom Jackson met with the school leaders and staff, who are now members of the EdisonLearning team. Thom was joined by members of the Human Resources and Achievement groups, who will play important roles in ensuring a smooth and seamless transition of the former MIE staff members into the EdisonLearning family.
As a result of this acquisition:
- EdisonLearning has re-established a presence in one of our industry’s top markets;
- Doubled the size of our Alternative Education portfolio with a total of 6 schools located in North Miami Beach, Homestead, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Palm Springs, and Kissimmee;
- And, taken on the responsibility to guide nearly 2,500 young people on their educational journey to a high school diploma.
Students at the Bridgescape Learning Academy in Chicago’s Englewood area have turned this year’s election into a social studies learning experience, thanks to teachers Ms. Van Meter and Ms. Owens. Not only did they come to understand the important role citizens need to play in selecting government officials, those who were eligible, actually took advantage of early voting to make their voices heard.
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network founded October as “National Dropout Prevention Month” and actively promotes solutions to increase graduation rates. The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is the most accessed resource in the world for dropout prevention, recovery, and reentry resources.
EdisonLearning is a proud supporter of NDPC, and Thom Jackson serves on its Board of Directors. EdisonLearning will also sponsor NDPC’s new www.dropoutprevetion.org website, which will be the premier clearinghouse for research, best practices, model programs, and networking opportunities for practitioners, policymakers, administrators, researchers and others who work with at-risk youth.
This week, EdisonLearning is playing an active role this week in raising awareness of the dropout crisis with the “Don’t Let Them Drop” art installation at NDPC’s national conference in Detroit.
In addition, EdisonLearning, CAOLA, and Global Learning Models held a session on Monday entitled: “Engaging Non-Traditional Students Through Project-Based Learning.” This session outlined how teaching and learning strategies, enhanced by interactive Project-Based Curriculum, are transforming the non-traditional learner experience.
Attendees had the opportunity to create their own mini-mastery project to better comprehend the non-traditional student’s attainment of critical thinking and analytical skills that lead to sustained success; by utilizing the project-based curriculum developed by EdisonLearning, Global Learning Models, and the Capital Area Immediate Unit’s online program - CAOLA.