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.
As educators, we have all come to understand the benefits of virtual learning; how it can increase student engagement and better match a student’s learning style and needs.
Yet, knowing how to solve problems, work collaboratively, and think innovatively are becoming essential real-world skills for today’s students.
In our session at the National Dropout Prevention Conference, on Monday, October 3, at 3:15 to 4:30 pm; we will outline how teaching and learning strategies, enhanced by interactive Project-Based Curriculum, are transforming the non-traditional learner experience.
Attendees will also have 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.
During the session, we will utilize the project-based curriculum developed by EdisonLearning, Global Learning Models, and the Capital Area Immediate Unit’s online program - CAOLA.
Engaging Non-Traditional Students Through Project-Based Learning will provide education administrators with essential solutions to meet the needs of students at-risk, and all student populations. Therefore, we hope to see you on Monday.
Natalie Williams, EdisonLearning
Eric Davis, Global Learning Models
Holly Brzycki, Capital Area Intermediate Unit
DURHAM -- Graduates of Durham’s Performance Learning Center and Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy were urged Tuesday to “cherish the moment” by guest speaker Rob Boyd, a noted financial leadership coach.
Boyd, a Northern High School graduate who went on to earn degrees at Howard and Georgetown universities, also asked the graduates and their guests to take out their cell phones and to take selfies to remember the moment. “This picture will be a moment in time to revisit in the future to remind yourself of where you’re going in life,” Boyd said during the graduation ceremony held at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on the N.C. Central University campus.
Thirty-seven students graduated from the Performance Learning Center (PLC) and another 12 from the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy (MJBA). As is the tradition for both programs, significant people in the students’ lives accompanied them across the stage to receive their diplomas while short student bios and future plans were read by program officials.
Many of the graduates have plans to attend Durham Technical Community College to gain work skills or course credits to transfer to a four-year college. Six of the graduates earned enough high school credits to graduate a year early.
Senteria Trueluck was the Class of 2016 valedictorian and Greta Marie West the salutatorian.
Boyd, who has spoken at Microsoft, Howard University and other prestigious companies and universities, said being able to return home to speak to Tuesday’s graduates was the most rewarding.
“This is by far the most meaningful opportunity I’ve had to speak,” Boyd said. “This is the first time that I’ve actually spoken in the city that I’m from.” Boyd said Durham is the city that made him. But he warned that it’s also a city that can deal a person significant setbacks.
He urged the graduates must think deeply about their futures. “Many of the adults in your life are unhappy with who they have become,” Boyd said. “They’re unhappy with what they do every day. It’s not because they’re bad people, it’s because they value the opinions of others.”
He offered the graduates a cheat-code to help them navigate life after graduation. “Don’t focus so much on what you want to do, focus on who you want to become,” Boyd said.
Vania Johnson, a tenth-grade student at the George V. Voinovich Reclamation - Bridgescape Academy in Cleveland, recently put her strong commitment to helping the less fortunate into action. Last week, Vania arranged a bake sale to benefit the City Mission of Cleveland. The City Mission provides shelter and other services to the homeless.
Although she has thought of several projects to help her cause, Vania spoke to Program Director Jennifer Morrison about her idea and Morrison arranged for the staff to contribute baked goods to the cause.
Vania baked chocolate cupcakes and recruited Brooke King, a 9th grader, to manage the bake sale table with her on the day of the bake sale. The bake sale drew buyers from our entire building including students, teachers and staff from organizations that share the building. Vania raised $73.00 during the bake sale. The next day, she took her donation to the City Mission and got to learn more about how her money will be used to service the Cleveland community.