As the Professional Development Manager at Creative Learning Systems, I spend much of my time training and supporting teachers so they can successfully facilitate learning in our learning spaces, called SmartLabs. When SmartLab Facilitators are first trained, they spend four days learning about the philosophy, the approach, and all of the resources in the SmartLab.
We are thrilled to learn that Javaris Powell, SmartLab Facilitator at Friendship Blow Pierce Junior Academy in Washington D.C., was named a Discover “E” Award Winner by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Below is the video of Javaris and his students produced by ASME in connection with the award.
At our recent summer Facilitator conference, Javaris shared the story-behind-the-story about receiving this prestigious award: the inspiration for pursuing this honor actually came from one of his SmartLab students! Javaris was initially reluctant to submit his name for consideration. It was up to one of his middle school students to remind him that he always encourages them to take risks, aim high, and achieve more than they might have thought possible. Apparently, his young student was both vocal and unrelenting about her expectation that he hold himself up to the same standard. As Javaris noted, we strive daily to inspire our learners but, in a SmartLab, our students often inspire us in the same way.