Beyond the Classroom Panel Discussion

Beyond the Classroom 2015
Created by Sam Hester

In collaboration with corporate Calgary and local community venues, the Calgary Board of Education has led the development of an educational model to address the needs of 21st century learning.  These diverse groups share the common vision of supporting student learning within and beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Campus Calgary/Open Minds is an innovative curriculum-based program that moves the classroom into the community for an entire week.  The experience is a catalyst for learning activities that occur throughout the year.  Classroom teachers work closely with community experts to custom design a week that meets individual needs.  The program length, the deep thinking about first hand experiences that transcend curricular lines and the time to reflect, transforms learning to its highest levels.

The Campus Calgary/Open Minds experience truly opens the minds of students, giving them a clearer idea of the role they play in the world around them.  They become an informed and involved member of their community.  Once back in the classroom, students apply their understandings beyond their local setting to national and global communities.

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In the Campus Calgary/Open Minds model, funding partners, community sites and education institutions collectively share the responsibility and privilege of ensuring that the philosophical tenants of the program are upheld.  These groups are inextricably linked such that if one group wants to make a change, the ripples of that change are felt by the others.  Open communication between all members of the collaboration is essential.

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Two pictures of kids playing at the science centre.
The Science School is sponsered in part by: The Chevron Open Minds School Program and Telus World of Science Calgary.