Building 21st Century Literacy Through STEM
Blazing a Trail in Minneapolis
Last February, a team of Minneapolis middle school students entered and won the Startup Weekend ED entrepreneurship competition—beating 10 adult teams. That’s just one example of Venture Academy students in action. A Minneapolis public charter school, Venture opened in 2013 and now serves 260 Trailblazers (our term for students) in grades 6-9 from predominantly economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in north and south Minneapolis. Our vision is to build entrepreneurs by developing the independence, scholarship and leadership of young people. Instead of one-size-fits-all classrooms, individual students are coached by a talented teacher, taking charge of their learning with the support of state-of- the-art technology, books and learning tools.
In Venture’s unique makerspace, students design, invent, build, create, code, and make products of value, and learn to become entrepreneurs who make a difference. With more and better maker tools and books, Venture Trailblazers could do even more amazing things.
Venture’s National Recognition and Support
Venture Academy’s innovative personalized learning model has attracted national recognition and support. In 2012, Venture was chosen as one of 20 national winners of the Next Generation Learning Challenges Wave IIIa school design competition. In 2015, Venture was selected as one of 19 schools in the nation-- and the only school in the Midwest-- selected as a Summit Basecamp partner, providing Venture with training, coaching, a rigorous 6-12 curriculum and a shared state-of- the-art Personalized Learning Plan.
Venture Student Results
Venture Trailblazers have made significant, above average learning growth every year since opening. In 2015, Venture ranked #2 of 21 similar Minneapolis middle schools in combined reading and math growth on Minnesota’s state MMR growth indicator.
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