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GT School of Innovation (Georgetown Elementary) Opens Doors to Project Based Learning and Beyond!

The most important objective parents and teachers desire for their students, aside from a successful and satisfying school experience, is a successful and satisfying work experience after graduation. Georgetown teachers spent their summer training, preparing, and creating a school that will meet these objectives for their school community. Harvard Business School Alumni, Amy Edmondson* notes that in our new, fast paced, workforce, companies and business demand two simple skills of their employees  neither of which require a Harvard Diploma. Namely, the ability to think critically (common sense) and the ability to collaborate (team). With student success in mind, GT teachers in 3rd through 6th grade partnered with New Tech Network, a nonprofit organization associated with comprehensive school reform this summer to develop classroom PBL (project-based learning) projects for the 18-19 school year.  Project-based learning (applying classroom knowledge to solve real work problems) schools are directly connected with high performing, high capacity students and graduates from those institutions.

GT teachers are ready to engage students in projects that integrate engineering, mathematics, art, science and social studies with the added twist of community connections. One example is a project created by Annie Brown, 6th grade teacher, titled “Force of Nature” which combines common core standards and current events about wild fires in California with a focus on the Georgetown Divide. This project connects students with community partners at Blodgett research station to determine methods for better fire prevention.  All the projects include a public exhibition where students and community participate as critical friends to give feedback on student performance.

In addition to PBL training at New Tech Network, teachers were trained and are implementing a new social-emotional learning program in grades TK-6 titled Toolbox. Toolbox is credited with developing collaborative skills for teamwork as well as developing skills that promote positive individual behavior and performance.  These new programs and a host of other initiatives are specific to GT School of Innovation for the 2018-19 school year. We welcome new and former families to check out our website, Facebook page or come in person to our Back to School Night and discover what it’s like to participate in cutting edge education right in our own backyard!


Registration for the 18-19 school year is now open. Call (530) 333-8320 for more information and to register.

Back to School- August 30th @ 6 p.m.


GT School of Innovation believes that students deserve an engaging, real-world education that empowers and impassions them for future work and relationships they may not have dreamed of yet…

Posted by: Jingle de Lange, District Admin, Black Oak Mine Unified School District Published:8/17/18
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