Curriculum & Challenges
Chase‘s Design Driven Curriculum supports the following principles:
- Risk and failure are part of the learning process
- Empathy is the first step required for solving any problem
- Making connections is critical
- Design thinking guides the process of creative problem solving
- Teachers nurture grit – passion and perseverance - in their students
- Learning happens when questions are relevant and problems are meaningful
Real life problems are presented to students. They are tasked with using the design thinking process to collaboratively create and test a viable solution.
Challenges provide students the opportunity to develop insights from multiple perspectives and solve real-world problems with critical thinking and analytical skills.
Innovation within Daily Curriculum
Allowing students the time and freedom to think, stretch, create, prototype, fail, revise and operationalize during regular academic course time reinforces innovative thinking. Additionally, our weekly schedule contains time blocks that allow students to meet, brainstorm or continue working on their Challenges.
By creating a school-wide, innovative academic calendar, Chase is modeling a solution to a Challenge of “how can we prepare students for careers that do not currently exist and for a world whose landscape is largely undefined,” and preparing them to creatively address future social, societal technological and economic challenges.