Columbus Signature Academy Central Middle School CampusTeachers: Trisha Burns and Angela SpurgeonCourse: Algebra Ready and English 8Driving question: How do we promote literacy in our neighborhood?Project SnapshotStudents raised money, purchased books, and made a bookmark with statistics and strategies for literacy in the home for their chosen Columbus organization.Student ProductsProposal Presentation with their goal amount of money they need to raise and fundraising planOrganize/execute their fundraising planBook Order Form/How much wrapping paper they will needBookmark with strategies and statistics for literacy in the homeDelivery of  books to identified organizationTeacher Reflection“It was so nice to see the students be proud of themselves as they hand off the books to the charities. It was also nice to see the organizations’ leaders thank our students and be impressed with how nice the gifts look and the quality of the books.”Student Reflection“The literacy for life project was extremely fun in my opinion. Not only did we get to learn but we also got to help people in our community. I think that this is a very beneficial project that should continue to be done in the following years. This project helped me understand the importance of early childhood literacy. It also gave me an opportunity to work with a charity that I really like. My group accomplished a lot I think, I am proud that CSAM8 raised 2,400 dollars to spend entirely on books for the community. I realized that if you work hard you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. I also got reminded that helping the community can feel really good.”“I hope that our community will feel more connected and cared for. I hope that our community will be impacted and grateful for all of the hard work we’ve done to make this possible. I really hope that our whole community is impacted by this.”“I really enjoy PBL because of all of the projects. But I like even more that most of the projects we do benefit the community. I think that the feeling you get from helping out the community is so great. I always feel more refreshed and happy when we do a project like this, It is a really cool project that I really hope gets continued in the following years.” Assessment ExampleNTN Collaboration RubricProjects Spotlights allow a glimpse into the great projects that are taking place in New Tech schools across the country. To learn more about Project-Based Learning or the New Tech Network, please contact us here.

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