GMSD announces new entrepreneur-based education

Posted on November 15, 2017, in Lancer Life

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, General McLane School District, Inventionland and Innovation Collaborative hosted a news conference to announce a new initiative that will encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration within middle school and high school students.

“General McLane remains committed to preparing today’s students to compete in the global economy,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “Through both curriculums, General McLane’s students will be thinking outside of the box to create things we can’t even fathom.”

General McLane School District superintendent Richard Scaletta, Inventionland CEO Ken Burk and Innovation Collaborative’s Beth Zimmer introduced curriculum intended to prepare students to compete in today’s global economy.

Starting in 2017-2018, General McLane will begin a two-year project to systematically plant seeds in our students and give them the tools to become inventors and entrepreneurs.

James W. Parker Middle School will utilize the Inventionland curriculum. Seventh graders will have the opportunity to walk through the nine-step invention process, developing their own ideas. At the end of the class, each group of students in the class will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a team from Inventionland.

This will be only the second year this curriculum has been used anywhere as we will join about 35 schools in the Pittsburgh area using the curriculum.

General McLane High School students will engage in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program curriculum. This program enables participants to engage their entrepreneurial mindsets. They will acquire the tools that empower them to succeed with 21st century workforce skills such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and problem solving.

During the 18-19 School Year, the High School will add the Inventionland Curriculum.

General McLane School District offers a variety of programs and classes to empower students with 21st century skills for today. The Entrepreneurship programming is tailored to meet students’ interests and joins our many STEM-focus programming, including our Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering and Manufacturing Academy. Our robust offerings provide students opportunities to utilize our STEM Lab, which includes 3-D printers, CNC machines and CAD software.

Following the news conference, Zimmer, Burk and community leaders were invited to speak with students and see the curriculum being used in the classroom. Some of the special guests in attendance included Teresa Koon from Senator Brooks’s office and State Representative Ryan Bizzaro.