Construction Progressing Well

April 16th, 2014

Things are starting to come together at the construction site at Renaissance Academy. Construction crews are in the process of crafting the infrastructure of the building, installing ductwork and drywall. The roof is now complete, which will allow workers to begin to focus on the inside of the building.

The main building entrance and central hallway are framed up and offer a great glimpse into what the completed project will look like.  Also inside the building areas designated for classrooms, offices and other facilities are framed up and ready for dry wall. We’ve also selected paint colors for the exterior of the building.

We recently took Jerod Clapp from the News and Tribune on a tour of the project. Check out his story here.

Our new school building is looking great and is shaping up to be an excellent environment in which to bring the New Tech educational model to Clarksville. You can follow our construction progress through the Renaissance Academy EarthCam online.

 

Brian’s Blog

April 7th, 2014

We are hard at work getting Renaissance Academy ready to open for the 2014-15 academic year. We’re very excited to bring this new educational model to the Clarksville community.

The New Tech educational model incorporates project-based learning, where students are given projects to work on and apply their academic knowledge to real world situations. Rather than sitting in rows with a teacher lecturing in the front of the room, students work in collaborative groups and receive guidance from the teacher (called a facilitator in a New Tech school).

The Renaissance Academy facilitators have begun their training and collaboration for project-based learning. Soon they will begin meeting to formulate a plan on how to setup curricula to produce the ideal graduate—one who is prepared to be college and career ready for the 21st century.

Through this hands-on approach to education, students will develop enhanced critical thinking skills and be exposed to challenges that they may face later in the workforce.

I look forward to sharing with you more about project-based learning and the road to creating Renaissance Academy. There is so much still to do to get this new school off the ground.  Check back for regular updates.