Apollo: Not Your Father’s Education

Audiences: 6 - 8 Teachers , 9 - 12 Teachers , Teacher Leaders , MS School Leaders , HS School Leaders , District Leaders
Levels: All Levels

Session Description

Apollo, a program within a South Central Pennsylvania public school, launched three years ago. Apollo is a customizable fusion of art, English, and social studies in a project-based learning environment. Student-generated ideas are bound together by thinking skills and driven by a student’s ability to manage time and communicate effectively. Apollo has steadily grown over that time and now includes over 80 students. We’ve also hosted over 100 school districts and organizations from around the country.

This session will highlight the structure and processes in Apollo. Participants will engage in learning experiences that simulate those in Apollo. Examples from the activity will be shared along with projects created by Apollo students. Time will be set aside for additional questions and discussion.

District Information

Central York School District is a suburban school district near York, Pa. Today, it has a growing and diverse population with more than 5,800 students in grades K-12.

Gregory Wimmer

Greg Wimmer
As Apollo's resident social studies teacher, Greg urges students to develop an understanding of their role in the community and world. He also advises students on best practices for technology inclusion.

Wes Ward
In addition to high school and college English courses, Wes teaches in the Apollo program at Central York High School in York, PA. He earned his master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim Grandi
A graduate of MICA in Baltimore, MD, Jim has taught art for nearly 20 years. He helps students develop critical thinking skills in the Apollo program and requires them to be introspective as they connect their work across various subjects.

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