Thursday, September 1, 2011

First Design-Based Middle School Opens in La Crosse, WI



The first design-based middle school in the country opened in Fall, 2011 in La Crosse, WI. La Crosse Design Institute is a project-based learning school that focuses on the importance of authentic student-centered learning.

The school is designed to help students become more accountable, better problem solvers, and more informed citizens as they work through the design process to complete individual and group projects. The school's integrated curriculum and hands-on approach to learning will focus on technology, engineering, architecture, manufacturing and science. The teachers, administrators and community partners have a passion for fostering high-level thinkers.

The La Crosse Design Institute will teach students 21st Century skills including communication and presentation skills, organization and time management, research and inquiry skills, self assessment and reflection skills, and group participation and leadership skills. The school's project-based learning approach requires content mastery and critical thinking while incorporating essential project management skills valued by today's global industries.

The school features:
Project Based Learning through a solution-based inquiry in authentic tasks.
Expeditionary Learning where students spend concentrated amounts of time in the community working on design projects.
Interdisciplinary Learning that blends the core specialized areas of the curricula so students experience authentic learning.
Personal Learning Plans through which students are held accountable for their individual learning through continuous progress monitoring, student portfolios and finished design pieces. Parents are active participants in monitoring their child’s learning and attainment of standards.

La Crosse Design Institute introduces creativity and the importance of imagination using basic design as the catalyst for delivering the district’s high quality middle school curriculum. The school’s integrated curriculum and hands-on approach to learning will focus on technology, engineering, architecture, manufacturing and science. The teachers, administrators and community partners have a passion for design.

Click on the heading above to see a video about the La Crosse Design Institute.

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