Trendy language occurs not only in pop culture but in education too. Trending now? Words like authentic learning, personalization, collaborative learning, and digital literacy.
Authentic learning is defined by Lauren Gilchrist in an article at Skyward.com as, “The push is toward an increase in real-world learning experiences. More schools are recognizing the value of closing the book (literally) in favor of practical learning.”
One of ways to provide such experiences for students is through PARADE, which stands for Parents and Riverview Actively Delivering Education, a parent partnership program in the Riverview School District.
The program is over 25 years old and still creating a progressive pathway in K-12 education.
PARADE students have the space to explore their lives and interests on their own terms. Classes are held from half a day to two days, and students have time during the week to follow their own curiosities, questions and passions.
A natural outcome to the opportunity to explore one’s own questions and topics is developing a natural love of learning. Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote an article for Scientific American titled, “Which character strengths are most predictive of Well-Being?” Gratitude and a love of learning.
Taught by certified teachers, students will explore a range of subjects as well as other trendy words like digital literacy, engagement, project-based learning and growth mindset. The Riverview School District provides the program with the latest tools, technology and guidance available for a safe intro into the digital world and a world of learning exploration.
Visit the program, talk to the teachers and meet a few parents at one of two open houses, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, March 19 for grades K-4 and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, for grades 5-12.