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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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Barack Obama Student Video

We were blown away by this video from Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM in Chicago Heights Illinois. It's one of best student-produced videos about the SmartLab we've ever seen. Congratulations to all the talented learners at Barack Obama and thanks for allowing us to share your video!

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Tilton Elementary SmartLab Video

Check out this great video produced by Chicago Public School's Tilton Elementary! A wonderful glimpse into what Tilton students are exploring in the SmartLab!!

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Churchill County Schools Named National Reference Sites

Congratulations to Churchill County Middle School and Churchill County High School in Fallon Nevada for being named SmartLab National Reference Sites! Regional Sales Manager Jeanne Timmons recently had the honor of presenting award plaques at each school. Shown here with Jeanne are Steve Heck, Sue Chambers, Lynn Strasdin and Chip Rutledge. We are very proud of our continued partnership with this outstanding and innovative school district.

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The SmartLab Experience on Video

We are so proud to release our new video "SmartLab: Learning's different here..."

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A Step in the Right Direction

For most of my first decade at Creative Learning Systems, it often felt like we were a lone voice in the No Child Left Behind wilderness. Schools were under enormous pressure to meet federally-mandated testing guidelines. Despite the best of intentions, educators often had little bandwidth for programs like the SmartLab. We all knew better, but the unfortunate reality was that authentic learning had, by necessity, become subordinate to standardized test performance.

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Sphero Goes to School

When the company behind Sphero, a programmable robotic ball, wanted to learn more about how their product could be used in schools, they looked to Creative Learning Systems and our SmartLab school partners. 

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Northshore School District 112 Receives National Reference Site Awards

We were honored to present National Reference Site Awards to Northshore School District 112 in Illinois this week! Congratulations to STEM and Communication Media Arts SmartLabs at Edgewood Middle School, Elm Place Middle School and Northwood Middle School!

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Report: Non-STEM Fields Require STEM Skills

A "must read" article from U.S. News and World Report about the need for STEM skills for ALL students. At Creative Learning Systems, we've been shouting this from the rooftops for years!

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