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“21st CENTURY PREP”   is a “school” where all students, use our real world, competency based learning strategies, BUILD projects, MAKE product,s and prepare for life, work and citizenship in the 21st Century.  A"school" has, and can be, a student team, classroom, public school, charter school, parachiol school or program, year-round school intersession, after-school club, home school, summer program or anywhere students are learning! Students learn how to work in the real world, where real decisions need to be made, in real time! Teachers and Learning Leaders use our strategies to become a "21st Century Prep" learning organization.  21st Century Prep, a K-12 inner city magnet school, began in Chattanooga, TN in 1993.  Since that time the learning concepts and Learning Leader strategies have been continually updated with the latest technologies and challenges in the world. The original students all graduated from high school, attended college and universities, and are productive citizens today.  It's the Kids is continuing this successful model.

  

Projects/Products for Ideation

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                          "Making A Difference"              Editor;  Barbara Barnes

Its the Kids "21st Century Prep" learning model CONNECTS skills and subjects the way the world works. EFG was a "PARADIGM SHIFT" in the way students learned in 1993 and continues to "SHIFT" with the latest technologies applied to the changes in the real world today and in preparation for life, work, and citizenship in the world of tomorrow.
USE OUR PROJECT PLANNING FORM AND GUIDEBOOKS TO CREATE A PROJECT. PRODUCT, OR COMMUNITY SERVICE (these are avilable in SCHOOL SUPPLIES

EXAMPLE:   Boys to Men in Chattanooga will participate in a six-week customized coding class at the CHIPS Learning Center, a new state-of-the-art edutainment “hot spot” for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) project based learning. Boys to Men will also participate in in the annual Youth Blast Summit at UTC.   ITK has supported these students with materials and awards for their community projects. This collaboration is due to  a long standing educational partnership with Herbert “Book” McCray, the Founder of Independent Youth Services Foundations, the parent company of Boys to Men.

 DECEMBER, 2016                                                  Issue 28

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KIDS HELPING KIDS!  This is the 6th year for a “Pajama Donation” between Vista Del Mar Schoo in San Clementel and San Onofre School on Camp Pendleton.  Vista Del Mar has a “wear one, bring a new one” program where kids bring a new pair of PJ’s  to give to the kids on the Marine Base.  This year approximately 800 pajamas were transported in large garbage bags out to the school on Camp Pendleton.  Student leaders at San Onofre helped sort the pajamas, by size, grade level,  and gender, to create bags that are distributed to each teacher.  This is a real example of Kids Helping Kids!  Additional PJ’s, not needed at San Onofre are being on the Marine Base and at a child care center in Mexico.

Students in the Entrepreneur Club, on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, have utilized bird feeder research completed by students at Millikin University, developed their product, conducted an economic analysis in partnership with a local banker and a credit union. compared similar items in the marketplace, and made assumptions about the viability of their business.  These 4th and 5th grade students received an It’s Your Future pin and a resume of their work.  This club is sponsored by It’s The Kids.  The study at Millikin University was led by Dr. David Horn, professor and Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, assistant professor of biology. More information is available in FUTURE POST-ITS on this site. and at: millikin.edu. 

The vocational students. at A Child Unheard School in Mityana, Uganda, Africa, have completed their coursework and were very appreciate of their partnership with Its The Kids.  This collaboration will continue with the new students enrolling in 2017.

Portfolios for Evaluation

Students create products and portfolio's of work, using a matrix of skills, that can be presented to a classroom, school, community group, partner or digital audience.  These portfolios include Power Point presentations, video documentaries, photo albums, surveys, essays, marketing plans, economic spreadsheets, geographic representations, charts, logos, and other real world representations.

Universities including UTC, Chapman, MTSU, Virginia Tech, North Florida University, Grand Canyon University, UCI, and Millikin University have provided professional development and project / product assistance through their departments and schools. 

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Check out the new book, “humanizing the Education Machine” by Rex Miller, Bill Latham, and Brian Cahill.  The tag line for this book is “How to Create Schools That Turn Disengaged Kids into Inspired Learners.  The work of Barbara Barnes, President of  Its The Kids, is included in this compilation of innovative learning examples and strategies. The book is published by Wiley and available on Amazon.

"BACK TO THE FUTURE PARTNERS"

Partners at 21st Cenury Academy included: TVA, McKee Foods Corp., Tennessee Aquarium, and Rotary.  Partners in England included banks, regional railways, Sheffield Hallam University, and Training & Enterprise Councils. Other partnerships in the US included Weyerhaeuser, Con Agra Foods, Manufacturing Association, Chamber of Commerce, SOCO. Union Bank, Schools First Credit Union, South Coast Water District, and Toshiba.

Partnerships for Collaboration

Teachers collaborate across departments to help students integrate subjects and skills the way the world works. Students CONNECT  with students in other regions of the world. They PARTNER with business, and community groups for real world information, project and product development, and career skills. University partners provide advanced content and skills. All parents CONTRIBUTE to the learning process with time, talent, expertise, career skills and encouragement.

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