Project Discover students have spent the past four months embracing the challenge we offered them that very first week of school: Could they change the ways they have been conditioned to think about school? Could they work together to create a community where each and every student feels they can be themselves, and in the words of one of our students, even “embrace their weirdness”? Could they shake off any limitations they might have internalized about their abilities and cultivate a growth mindset instead? Could they truly see public speaking not just as a curricular requirement to be met, but instead as a chance to share their creative insights on a problem they feel passionately called to solve? Now that we have reached the end of the semester, we are thrilled to report that the answer to all of these questions is an unqualified “YES”! Our students began the semester by crafting class pledges or mottos, then spent time exploring personal passions and identifying problems that matter to them. They have resisted the all-too-familiar temptation to accept “good enough” and have instead pushed themselves—and allowed us to push them— to aim for “great” instead. Every student “embraced their productive discomfort” and gave TED-style talks which highlighted their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We could not be more proud of their accomplishments, and we hope and believe they are leaving us with new understandings about themselves and about the transformative power each of them possesses.
Since graduating from Hilliard Darby High School Colin Blankenship has worked on hit television shows such as Cougar Town and Unfriended. This month he was in town working on a Bruce Willis movie. While here, he spent time with the Rock Band students at the ILC. He talked about his life and career working in the TV and Film Industries. His key message to the class was to find out what fits. He said classes being offered today at the ILC would be beneficial, giving students the chance to learn what their true passions are, before being out in the world. Giving students the opportunity to work with professionals outside the classroom help prepare them to be Ready for Tomorrow.
McVey Innovative Learning Center Music Teacher Phil Nagy works with Davidson High School Junior Katharine Toledo to record her Ohio Music Education Region Orchestra audition recording. As students in the three high schools learn more about the resources of the ILC, and the talents of the ILC staff, more of them are taking advantage of the unique resources made available to them through the ILC.
This year a group of students from the ILC performed at the district’s kickoff celebration. The talented members of High Strung performed two songs, this was their second song.
Students that wish to drive to and from the ILC should see Mr. Morrison for a parking pass. Students will receive a sticker that will attach to the parking pass that they receive for their home building. Fill out this parking request form and then see Mr. Morrison to pick up your sticker.