School gets $4,500 Next Gen­er­a­tion grant

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New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy has re­ceived a $4,500 Ford PAS Next Gen­er­a­tion Learn­ing mini-grant.

The grant will pay for 10 to 15 academy teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors and lo­cal busi­ness and in­dus­try lead­ers to at­tend a Metro-Atlanta Ford PAS Next Gen­er­a­tion Learn­ing work­shop in the fall.

The team will also re­ceive a one day on­site fol­low-up work­shop and $500 worth of Ford PAS re­sources, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

Ford PAS of­fers in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary, in­quiry­based and team-fo­cused learn­ing for high school stu­dents.

“This grant will al­low our teach­ers to re­ceive pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment to bet­ter pre­pare our stu­dents to be 21st Cen­tury learn­ers,” said James Wood­ward, academy prin­ci­pal and di­rec­tor of ca­reer, tech­ni­cal and agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion for New­ton County schools.

“We have cre­ated a 21st Cen­tury Learner pro­file which fo­cuses on ca­reer and aca­demic path­way skills, 21st Cen­tury learner skills, pro­fes­sional skills and per­sonal suc­cess skills. The pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment re­ceived through this PAS Next Gen­er­a­tion grant will help teach­ers work with the stu­dents in these four ar­eas that busi­ness lead­ers in our com­mu­nity de­ter­mined are most im­por­tant.”

The Ford Next Gen­er­a­tion Learn­ing frame­work cre­ates mean­ing­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that en­able stu­dents to ap­ply aca­demic knowl­edge to real world learn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. It ad­vo­cates that schools cre­ate and main­tain ca­reer — and in­ter­est — based pro­grams and the col­lab­o­ra­tive cul­ture, struc­tures, and prac­tices nec­es­sary to transform teach­ing and learn­ing. It also en­gages em­ploy­ers, ed­u­ca­tors, civic and com­mu­nity lead­ers to col­lab­o­rate in pro­mot­ing and sus­tain­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams that pre­pare the fu­ture work­force.

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