Student Success: The Power of Engagement
"Problem Based Learning classrooms are so much more interesting and meaningful. I really didn't perform well in a traditional classroom because I just don't learn very well by sitting and reading about something. I learn best by building it, making mistakes, figuring out what went wrong, and fixing it."
- Young Entrepreneurs Consortium
(YEC) Summit student
The YEC recently hosted their inaugural Student Success Summit showcasing exemplary student work as a part of the Straight A Young Entrepreneurs grant. Enthusiasm and inspiration filled the hall during the Gallery Walk as teams of students from middle and high schools showcased their inventive solutions to everyday challenges. Students animatedly discussed the projects they chose in their problem-based-learning (PBL) classrooms. Each shared why the problem was important to solve, the list of potential solutions they had identified, the solution they had selected, and the rationale behind that choice.
With the help of the $13.6 million Straight A grant, teachers have taken PBL training and additional college courses to earn college adjunct credentials. They have broadened their teaching practice to give students expanded choice, experience with teamwork, and motivation to excel. "I'm more able to connect and prepare my high school students for the content they will have in college." Students, aware of the additional content coursework teachers are taking, are excited about the additional college credit classes that will be offered at their schools next year. "The
sophomores will be lucky to have additional choices."
Congratulations to the dreamers and drivers of this important work! The Summit vividly demonstrated the power of passionately engaged students.