We talk a lot about preparing learners for the “real world”. Over the years, we’ve used terms like workforce readiness or 21st century skills, but it’s always been an important part of our job as educators, and it’s certainly a focus in the SmartLab. Often, the best we can do in a classroom is simulate real world situations and challenges. It’s a good start, but many educators strive to do more.Read More
This is always an exciting time of year for us as new SmartLabs open with the start of the school year. It's also an exciting time for many of the local communities as they get their first peek at their new SmartLabs. Here are a few articles we've found in local press. SmartLab programs can be hard for reporters to wrap their minds around and then summarize neatly. We think these articles do it nicely.Read More
I’ve had the pleasure of writing about our friends at Friendship Public Charter Schools before. They have been at the forefront of innovative and effective education since inception fifteen years ago. And we are justifiably proud that SmartLabs have been a key element of the highly-successful educational model in every one of the Friendship schools.Read More
As I’ve said before in this blog, it's all about the kids!
My absolute favorite thing to do is drop in on a SmartLab and ask the students, “what’ja doing?” The learners are so enthusiastic and their project ideas are usually WAY more interesting than anything we come up with when developing the curriculum. It's also wonderful when a student tells me the SmartLab is their favorite place in school - but I don’t expect them to think about what goes into creating a learning environment like the SmartLab. Their job is to learn.Read More
We were so proud to learn that one of our favorite SmartLab Facilitators, Max Brooks, was selected NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium Outstanding STEM Teacher!Read More
There’s a broad consensus that American education needs increased emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Surprisingly though, there’s little clarity or consensus on the best way to address this need.Read More
There is so much we want to talk about as we launch the Creative Learning Systems blog: learning philosophy, directions in STEM education, case studies, innovative technologies, politics, funding... It’s a long, long list and it all matters. But there was never any question that our first entry would be about the kids that inspire us.Read More