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Start from Scratch is a three-week, nationwide initiative designed to expose students to coding and empower them to create personal, animated stories around the theme of restorative justice.The initiative starts with a two-day writing exercise and then transitions to instruction with the programming tool Scratch. Students will convert their letter to an animation, using the Scratch skills they have learned. The initiative culminates with a nationwide competition. CEEAS will provide extensive, practitioner-ready curricular materials for the initiative and the contest—so teachers with no coding or programming background can teach the course! Click here to learn more about Start from Scratch.
We launched Unjammed with a four-dayTech Camp over the summer. Over 50 teachers and administrators from the selected agencies participated. Unjammed is our Blended Learning Initiative, designed to help juvenile justice agencies and their education partners use technology to transform teaching and learning inside of their secure care facilities. Through Unjammed we provide intensive coaching to a cohort of Teacher Innovation Fellows and provide ongoing advice and technical support to agency leadership as they implement technology-related improvements at their schools. Click to learn more about Unjammed.
We are excited to announce the return of two e-mentoring programs, one for teachers and one for principals in youth correctional settings. The programs address one of the major challenges these educators face—isolation. This fall, the e-mentoring programs will be available for free to state agencies that are members of our Consortium and our blended learning initiative, Unjammed. Mentors receive a small stipend each semester for their participation. Training will begin the week of September 22, 2014, and mentors and mentees will be paired during the week of October 6, 2014. Click here to learn more about e-Mentoring.
Aaron Martin, winner of this year’s Words Unlocked Poetry competition, and his teacher, Kim DeForest, were featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Aaron’s winning poem, Meth, offers a harrowing, personal account of fighting off the temptation of Crystal Meth. In the interview with Rachel Martin, Aaron talks openly about the drug “tearing apart your life and taking everything away from you.” Aaron, an aspiring songwriter, said he plans to use the techniques he learned during Words Unlocked as he continues to refine and improve his lyrics, words delivered much like spoken word poetry. Click here to listen.