In 2007, after an investigation by school and community leaders, Winterboro High School transformed from a traditional model of secondary instruction to a model that would engage students and prepare them for their future. This model is Project Based Learning (PBL) and has proven very effective for Winterboro. It focuses instruction on the Framework for 21st Century Learning Skills allowing students to be better prepared for future employers. To optimize the success of the PBL model, community partnership grants were obtained and the school facility was redesigned.
A culture of professionalism supports students in learning and practicing skills in problem solving, communication, and self-management. Moreover, the culture creates collaborative relationships among diverse groups of students meeting the needs of learners of varying skill levels and learning styles. Student performances are assessed on skills using criteria similar to those in the work world, thus encouraging accountability, goal setting, and improved performance.
At Winterboro, curriculum must be made relevant by presenting information to students in a thematic, holistic manner. We believe that integrated learning empowers students to seek connections generalize, and transfer knowledge to a variety of problem solving situations in their lives.
“The exciting thing about project based learning is that while focusing on content standards students have opportunities to create authentic products that prepare them for the workforce and post-secondary education.” Craig Bates, Principal.
To keep up with current technology, the school is continually updating software and purchasing new software so that students can stay on the cutting edge. Funds raised in September will go towards purchasing additional software for the students to use as part of the Project Based Learning Initiative.
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