Carson School Preps Students for the ‘Real World’ with Project-Based Learning


It’s an exciting time at Carson School. With both a new principal and school-wide program, the year is beginning with countless opportunities.

Prior to the ceremonial ribbon cutting that kicked off the school year at Carson’s back-to-school open house, Principal Terrez Thomas introduced students and parents to the Project-Based Learning program, a part of CPS’ Vision 2020 initiative.

Project-Based Learning, Principal Thomas explained, gives students the opportunity to tackle real-world problems while solving them in their own creative and collaborative ways. The program prioritizes hands-on learning, while empowering students of all learning styles to use critical thinking inside and outside of the classroom.

Principal Thomas

“We want to make sure that everything our students do is authentic and mimics tasks that they would see in the workforce,” Principal Thomas shared. “I’m really excited that our students will get to collaborate with one another, look around their community and determine their own opportunities.”

As an extension of the Project-Based Learning approach, Carson has hired its first STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) teacher, Ms. Simone Bess, to help students further develop their 21st-century skills.

Ms. Bess

“Teachers, students and parents alike are all so excited to learn more about STEAM,” said Bess, as she passed out STEAM-focused puzzles to students and their families. Bess is new to the CPS family and is incredibly excited for Carson’s new learning approach.

She continued, “I know that STEAM and Project-Based Learning will enhance the educational experience for our students. Hands-on, authentic experiences will increase their curiosity, their motivation to learn and ultimately their academic success.”

Of course, the year started with some fun, too. Just a couple days prior, Carson hosted its first Back-to-School Bash. More than 300 families and students enjoyed a DJ, bounce houses, food trucks and Kona Ice.

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