Project-Based Learning (Day 1)

Today, the CMA rockstars are at Hall Elementary participating in the Buck Institute for Education’s Project-Based Learning training.  Here are some shots from our experiences:

 

Maria presents on Significant Content

Maria

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(Left to Right:  Kay, John, Sue)

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Mike

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Mary

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Jill Shinlever

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Jill Black

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Angela

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Laura

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Nikki

Allow me to introduce myself!

Hello everyone!  My name is Ryan Milani and last week I was hired to be the TPaCK coach at Career Magnet Academy.

Photo on 7-7-14 at 11.44 AMThis is me!

First, let me explain my role at CMA.  My job will be to work with our teachers on Technology integration, Pedagogy (how you teach), and Content Knowledge.  However, this being the first year of CMA my job will be incredibly broad as I help to build up our digital presence, build digital resources for students to advance and remediate, and work to help our teachers achieve their goals in the classroom.

A little about myself professionally.  I have been in education for 10 years, all of those being served at South-Doyle High School (SDHS) in South Knoxville, TN.  My content area is Mathematics where I taught everything from Pre-Algebra to AP Statistics.  Three years ago the TAP System came to SDHS and I jumped on board as a Mentor Teacher.  Through this experience I fell in love with collaborating with other teachers on instruction in general terms.   The next year a grant funded Data position opened up and my Mathematical brain jumped at that chance.  Last year, I went back into the TAP System as a Mentor Teacher when the grant monies ran out.  I am so excited because the TPaCK position here at CMA will take a lot of my experiences and combine them into one role!

I can’t wait to meet everyone at the cookout on July 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at CMA.  We’re housed at the Strawberry Plains Campus of Pellissippi State.  See you then!!

 

– Ryan Milani
ryan.milani@knoxschools.org

 

 

 

What Is Success?

Maybe it’s because I’ve got advanced manufacturing on the brain, but this week I connected with a quote from Henry Ford who said, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” This week at CMA, we’ve done a little bit of all of these things.

First, the building, as well as our faculty/staff, are “coming together.” Every day is more exciting than the last, and each day our building looks more like home. This week saw the dry wall being hung, paint being applied (see the blue/grey in attached pic), and internet cords being routed, as well as the ordering of furniture and the hiring of a few last coveted positions at CMA.

In the interest of “keeping together,” Mr. Faulconer, Mrs. Stowers, and I have been working tirelessly to plan out our first few exciting weeks of professional development which include such events as a tour of the 911 call center, a tour of the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, and a day of team building at the ropes course at Maryville College, just to name a few!

Finally, CMA has already provided all of us with opportunity of “working together” with people from a variety of fields, interests, and experiences. Today alone, I got to speak to a landscape designer, a mechanical engineer and president of Pro Nova R&D and Manufacturing, and an advertising executive. We cannot wait to continue our work with all of you in the coming weeks! Stay tuned next week to learn about more exciting events and developments at CMA!

If Henry Ford is correct, we’ve begun our work here at CMA with resounding success, and we expect nothing but success stories to continue to define us as we move forward.

–Cameron Molchan, Magnet Facilitator

Some relevant links:

Ropes Course

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

911 Call Center

The Skeleton Crew
The Skeleton Crew

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Welcome!

Greetings and salutations to all of our Career Magnet Academy scholars, parents, and rock-star faculty/staff! At the close of my first official week as the magnet facilitator at CMA, I could not be more excited about the progress being made here at the Pellissippi State Community College Straw Plains campus. As I type this post, I am being serenaded by buzz saws, nail guns, and hydraulic drills, and I cannot help but think about all of the work and time that has already been invested in our scholars and their futures.

David Allen Coe, of all people, said “It’s not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time,” and, as you can see in the pictures of our progress here (see below), the foundations we are building will, indeed, stand the test of time.

Just as a solid building foundation is made of concrete and rebar, a solid educational foundation is built upon relationships. To this end, Mr. Faulconer, Mrs. Stowers, and I have been organizing our Kick Off Cookout which will take place here at the PSCC Straw Plains campus on Thursday, July 17th from 6:30-8:30. We will have food, sodas, and games as well as a vote for our school colors. Parents, siblings, and scholars are all invited as well as any friends of family who might be interested in the great things that are happening here at CMA. I cannot wait to meet all of you!

Oh, be sure to visit like our Facebook page to see more pictures: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Career-Magnet-Academy-at-PSCC/608140479258384?ref=stream

Sincerely,

Cameron Molchan, Magnet Facilitator

This is the main building, attached to CMA
This is the main building, attached to CMA
This is the front entrance to the Boyd Building where CMA is housed.
This is the front entrance to the Boyd Building where CMA is housed.
A view of the cafeteria. Yum!
A view of the cafeteria. Yum!
Gas and water hookups for one of our science labs.
Gas and water hookups for one of our science labs.
A view of administrative office hallway.
A view of administrative office hallway.
A view of the front office through the security window.
A view of the front office through the security window.
A view from the front entrance of the campus bookstore.
A view from the front entrance of the campus bookstore.