Blended Learning Program
We believe a more meaningful experience for our students exists when the connection of the classroom experience is enhanced by increased student autonomy and when time is available for creative, mentored student-centered experiential learning. We also know that today’s flat world requires that people develop the ability to work collaboratively, synthesize vast amounts of information, and work in a self-directed manner. As such, the academic and learning experience at Shattuck-St. Mary’s is being transformed into a blended learning model.
During the 2012-13 school year, we will be running a pilot of our Blended Learning Program in our Upper School. The goal of this program is to create an academic experience that includes rigorous college preparatory coursework; opportunities for independent research, internships, and creative projects; and development of twenty-first century skills. In 2012, our school was awarded a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation to support this effort. Our students will experience school differently; they will have all the benefits of our current academic program while preparing for the independence of the college experience, and they will have the opportunity to pursue an individualized scholastic project, such as:
- internship opportunities in Faribault or other cities
- extended community service commitments
- independent research projects, including scientific research
- product development, collaborative problem solving, or independent
projects in the weCreate center
For each opportunity, students will have an advisor who will help design plans, monitor progress, and provide support and guidance.