Propel Homestead teacher Sara Taormina’s use of a fun tally and token system to encourage learning recently caught the eye of other educators. TEAMology, a program that instills leadership qualities in students and works toward a positive school culture through team building, featured her ideas for bringing Project TEAM concepts and characters to life on its Facebook page.
Inventionland Institute has honored Propel Braddock Hills Middle School science teacher Mayada Christiansen as its Teacher of the Month.
During her 12-week Inventionland Innovation course, students work in teams to brainstorm ideas and then develop prototypes.
“It’s an authentic and compelling experience because the ideas come from the students as a way to solve a problem they feel is important,” said Christiansen, who received her master’s in teaching through the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps. The PUTC is a collaboration between Propel Schools and Chatham University.
Inventionland featured a profile of the Propel science teacher on its website.
Propel Schools will be part of the region’s giving day later this month. On Nov. 28, Give Big Pittsburgh Day, support the Propel Schools Foundation and deserving K-12 students.
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Propel Northside will begin a schoolwide beautification project Monday or Tuesday (Nov. 13-14) that will create an exciting environment for learning and growth. The project will be done in five phases and will take approximately 18 months to complete. The new features will include flooring, lighting and upgrades to the mechanical systems. Specialty classrooms such as maker space, art and music, as well as air conditioning, will also be added to the building.
Demolition and any work that creates noise will be done after school and overnight, and all abatement work will be followed with air quality testing. The work will be done floor by floor, and students will not have access to the work areas. Classrooms will be temporarily moved to the fifth floor as each floor is worked on.
ImaginePIttsburgh.com recently did a Q&A with Saige Baxter, one of 12 Afterschool artists who is empowering Propel Schools kids to tell their stories through the creative arts. She is currently working with students in grades K-7 to construct a public art project for a Hazelwood community garden.
Baxter is a welding mentor for the Mobile Sculpture Workshop, a summer outreach program that teaches high school student apprentices welding, metal fabrication and creativity.
“I travel weekly to events and festivals and work on community sculpture with our students,” she said. “The program exposes students to a new skill and potential career that they’d likely never have an opportunity to experience otherwise.”
Propel Northside will kick off the holiday season Friday, Nov. 17, with sweet treats at the second annual Dessert Party. The school organized the event to thank Propel staff and community partners for their contributions to the Propel Northside community.
The daylong celebration, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature a variety of baked goods and other desserts for guests to enjoy in addition to an opportunity to tour the Propel Northside school (1805 Buena Vista St., Pittsburgh). Guests may also enter a raffle for gift baskets that will be awarded throughout the day.