The grant will support Catalyst workshops that introduce educators to the fundamentals of experiential learning and intensive professional courses that cover planning, coaching, and classroom implementation. The program is designed to build skills in creating authentic experiential learning tailored to the unique needs, skills, and interests of their students.
Catalyst will also engage and train business and community volunteers to work directly with schools to bring real world application and context to students’ learning. Mentor credentialing will be offered to volunteers to partner on future projects.
Long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the system was failing students, especially those in underserved and impoverished communities. With Catalyst, teachers are prepared to deliver authentic experiential learning in their classrooms that awaken creativity, curiosity, compassion and community among all students. When students actively engage in the classroom, they build critical social-emotional learning skills, deepen their connection to teachers and school – and achieve academic success that can ultimately lead to life success.
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