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.
We recently installed a SmartLab in Davis Middle School in San Antonio, TX. The Davis SmartLab is the first of a district-wide SmartLab implementation in 11 of San Antonio ISD’s middle schools – a project made possible by passage of a school improvement bond in 2010. Texas Public Radio got a sneak-peek at the SmartLab before school opened. Listen to what they had to say here.
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The Coolidge Examiner reports on the new SmartLab at Imagine Schools' campus in Coolidge, Arizona here.
And The Denver Post reports on the opening of Denver Public School's new middle/high school, the Denver Center for 21st Century Learning. As the article explains, a SmartLab is a key element in the educational model of this innovative alternative school.
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.
So it was especially gratifying to learn that Don Hense, the Chairman and Founder of Friendship, was recently recognized by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools as a Hall of Fame inductee. We wish to congratulate Don on this well-deserved honor and are, as always, proud of our partnership with this extraordinary educational organization.
I encourage you to take a few moments and watch this inspiring video. [And note that much of it was filmed in the SmartLab!]