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Brandon SmartLab in the News!

The new SmartLab program at Brandon Valley Intermediate School (South Dakota) was showcased in this recent news feature. Whenever students can explain our learning philosophy in clear, enthusiastic terms, we know a program is succeeding. Take two minutes to watch Brandon Valley students talk about their SmartLab program. "It's limitless" says sixth grade student Damen Visscher. We couldn't have said it any better ourselves Damen!

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SmartLab: A Superintendent's Perspective

Colorado Superintendent of the Year, Brian Ewert, talks about Creative Learning Systems and how SmartLabs have helped Englewood Schools.

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District 11 SmartLab in the News

Colorado Springs District 11 was the focus of a recent Fox News report on STEM education. Much of the news feature was filmed in the Martinez Elementary SmartLab. We are proud to be District 11's partner in their innovative approach to STEM education.

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Jenks School District SmartLabs

With new SmartLabs in their Freshman Academy and Middle School, Jenks School District is one of our newest educational partners and our first SmartLabs in Oklahoma. We had the privilege of working with the new Jenks facilitators at our summer facilitator conference and have no doubt that the Jenks SmartLabs are going to raise the bar for STEM programs in the region. Here's the announcement about the new SmartLabs on their District website:http://www.jenksps.org/vnews/display.v/ART/55b0dcf2559a0

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Orange Scholar's Academy Video

Thanks to Orange Scholars Academy (NJ) Facilitator Regina Nadbielny for creating and sharing this video about her SmartLab!

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Rocky Heights Middle School's John Veit Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to John Veit, Assistant Principal at Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch Colorado. John was recently named Administrator of the Year by the Colorado High School Press Association. Rocky Heights has been a valued partner for many years and deserves all the high recognition its staff and students regularly receive.

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SmartLab Changing Lives in Hernando Missisippi

With all the impressive achievements by SmartLab learners, it's easy to mistake it as a program intended only for gifted and talented students. In fact, the personalized learning in the SmartLab empowers and motivates all students; learners choose an appropriate level of challenge, adapt projects to their interests and learning styles, and take their learning as far as they are able.

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North Shore School District SmartLab Video

Last month, I had the privilege of presenting National Reference Site Awards to STEM and communication media arts SmartLabs in North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, IL. The District produced the video below to document the event. You can read their full newsletter article here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H5I0iiEr1QN1nnukM8QzKMNbD0skzZBY_I3V5be3030/edit 

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North Dakota Center for Distance Education Chooses SmartLabs for Blended Learning Initiative

Creative Learning Systems is partnering with the North Dakota Center for Distance Education to develop a SmartLab program to support blended learning for the state's rural communities. Dr. Alan Peterson, Director of ND CDE, is the visionary behind this this innovative initiative. Dr. Peterson recently shared his thinking behind integrating SmartLabs in the North Dakota educational mission on his blog.

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Capstone STEM Project Presentations at Cresthill Middle School

Doug Haller, our Facilitator Support Specialist, recently had the pleasure of attending capstone presentations at Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch, CO. Facilitator Trina Chambers invited parents and Creative Learning Systems staff to observe and provide constructive criticism to students on their final projects. Students shared the results of a two-week intensive study and enthusiastically answered questions that demonstrated their knowledge and experience in the SmartLab.

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