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Welcome to the Waltham Public Schools Challenge Program

2015-2016

Challenge Program Overview

en Español  Challenge teachers provide services to grades 3, 4, and 5 weekly.    Challenge program teachers also work with the classroom teachers to provide support and resources.  The goal is to provide services that allow students to understand contents at a higher level and apply their knowledge to grade level curriculum and beyond.

Math Olympiad is also offered through the Challenge Program.  This is an after school program at each elementary and middle school where a Math Olympiad Coach is available; www.moems.org

Challenge Curriculum & Content

The curriculum used for the Challenge Program is Project Based Learning: an interdisciplinary, student-centered system designed to help students explore topics at a higher level of thinking. Through participating in exciting activities and projects, students use their critical thinking skills to discuss topics in depth, take perspective, communicate, and work collaboratively and creatively.

Project Based Learning is global learning, through which students grow both academically and socially.  Students welcome this engaging system as they take ownership for their learning. Project Based Learning is:

  • Inquiry-based
  • Experiential and hands-on
  • One that discusses citizenship and impact
  • One that targets social & emotional intelligences through cooperation and respect

The system builds upon mastery of fundamental skills learned at students’ grade levels.

Project Based Learning curriculum is aligned with Massachusetts Curriculum Standards while connecting to all academic disciplines.

Learn more;  http://bit.ly/Grade3ChallengeCurriculum   http://bit.ly/Grade4ChallengeCurriculum    http://bit.ly/Grade5ChallengeCurriculum 

Challenge Program’s Goal and Mission

To provide Standards- based interdisciplinary, student-centered curricula to students identified as needing additional enrichment and challenge in different academic areas.

Project Based Learning celebrates diversity and multiculturalism through facilitating presentations and activities unique to our students.

Challenge Program Video

Please click on the link to view the program video. Challenge video

Challenge Program Team

Paul Maiorano, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Challenge Program Director

Heny Taraz, Challenge Program Teacher, MacArthur and FitzGerald Elementary Schools        HenyTaraz@K12.waltham.ma.us

Corinne Bernard, Challenge Program Teacher, Northeast and Stanley Elementary Schools CorinneBernard@K12.waltham.ma.us

Sarravy Connolly, Challenge Program Teacher, Plympton and Whittemore Elementary Schools SarravyConnolly@K12.waltham.ma.us


 

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