Slater Middle School SmartLab Website Revisited

Two years ago, we featured the Slater Middle School (Pawtucket School District) website in this blog entry.

Since then, Slater Facilitator John Martinelli has been hard at work updating his SmartLab website.  John used the Wix platform to develop this new version.  The new website features great content related to SmartLab engagements and allows students to document their learning and submit their work online with embedded Google forms.  The website also features numerous excellent examples of student work.

Current students use the website to guide their SmartLab discovery.  The community can use it to learn about the SmartLab program.  John even said it was inspiring his students to learn more about web design!  Check it out!

Slavens K-8 SmartLab Facilitator Selected Siemens Fellow

Congratulations to Slavens K-8 Facilitator Courtney Miller!  Courtney has been selected 2014 Siemens STEM Institute Fellow by the Siemens STEM Academy.  Courtney will be representing Colorado as one of only 50 Fellows selected nationwide to participate in this prestigious summer program.  Slavens K-8 is in Denver, Colorado and is part of Denver Public Schools.  The Slavens SmartLab serves students in grades 3-8. 

Read about Courtney and Siemens STEM Institute program here: http://www.siemensstemacademy.com/index.cfm?event=showContent&id=85  

Keys to Engagement and Academic Performance

Students who have teachers who make them “feel excited about the future” and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show other signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of academic success, according to a report released Wednesday by Gallup Education.

Our school partners consistently describe the success of their SmartLab programs in terms of student engagement.  It is the central focus of everything we do at Creative Learning Systems.  As educators, we all understand the power of engagement.  But what are the educational and emotional factors that promote engagement?  This EdWeek article provides some valuable insights.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/09/28gallup.h33.html



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