Southlake Premiere Independent School Holds Open House Preview of Student Innovative Projects March 26, 2013

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Grades 7-12 students showcase real-world inventions and businesses at The Clariden School of Southlake.

Within the Global Strengths Program, tasks are authentic, meaning that students are involved in real work such as starting businesses, solving real world problems and participating in projects that better the community.

Upper school design and business-related projects will open to the public Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium. These entrepreneurial projects represent student original inventions, business plans and designs as part of the “Innovate It” themed projects of the school’s Global Strengths Program, a high caliber, elite college-prep program using an advanced 21st project-based curriculum designed by Head of School, author and international leader of the Strengths Movement in Schools, Jenifer Fox.

Within the Global Strengths Program, tasks are authentic, meaning that students are involved in real work such as starting businesses, solving real world problems and participating in projects that better the community. These projects prepare students to excel in college and beyond. The projects, coupled with a strong emphasis on technology in an academically-focused small school environment offer students the opportunity to explore their strengths, take risks and grow interpersonally.

The preview evening will showcase 15 “Innovate It” projects where students have tackled taking an idea from ideation to potential sales. Along the way, they tackle every day business development tasks; master math concepts by drafting a business plan and creating an actual business; apply creativity, design and physics by inventing a new product; registering the name; obtaining materials and goods; and selling the final product.

A distinguishing feature of authentic tasks is that they have value and meaning beyond the classroom. When Clariden School students engage in authentic tasks, they experience what they, or other people, do in a real-life setting.

As students engage, they master and surpass all Texas educational state standards and Common Core Standards as well as develop skills that mirror the practices of experts, and learn first-hand how to apply their skills and knowledge in real-life, problem-solving contexts.

Authentic projects are important because they provide meaning and motivation for learning. They provide students with opportunities to relate to real-world situations, make connections to their own interests, and engage deeply with subject matter.

On March 26th at 6 p.m. at The Clariden School, the public is invited to hear from the students, see their designs and discover more about the exciting college prep independent school model at The Clariden School.

If you have further questions about the Expo, please call The Clariden School at 682-237-0400 or visit claridenschool.org.

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