The RISE Project
Redefining Innovative Schools through Sustained STEM Experiences (RISE)
The RISE Project is a cohort-based program that allows your school to refine, implement, sustain, and scale powerful teaching and learning strategies adapted to your needs and assets with:
- Targeted Professional Development
- Coaching and Sustained Support to Transform School Culture
- Team Building Custom Action Plan
Are you ready to be part of a paradigm shift that helps transform our schools to better meet the needs of every student? Are you willing to be part of a bold cohort of North Carolina schools that exemplify what true innovation looks like as we prepare our young people for a rapidly changing world?
The Redefining Innovative Schools through Sustained STEM Experiences (RISE) Project provides customized cultural transformation NOT a cookie cutter strategy.
“The most adaptive, strongest professional development I have participated in.”
-Shane Chinni, Ed.D., 3rd Grade Teacher
Who: Up to 6 Schools in NC (5 person team per school)
What: Sustained, high quality, professional development and consulting from The Science House of NC State University and Open Way Learning for the 2021-2022 school year
When: Approximately 12 days of direct service throughout 2021-2022 school year
Where: Locations will vary as well as having virtual options
Commitment Requirements of RISE:
Because this program focuses on building essential underpinnings for a culture of true innovation, it requires a level of fidelity from both the program’s facilitators and the participating schools in order for transformation to occur – i.e. “Skin in the Game.” This is why participating schools are expected to make a commitment up front regarding their level of commitment to the program – something that other initiatives might not require.
- Schools must send a consistent team with a minimum of 3 members to each PD session. Each school team must consist of 1 administrator (superintendent, principal, or assistant principal) and each school team must attend each session.
- Schools must complete all stages of the design thinking process including milestone reflections, PBL pedagogical strategies and project correspondence.
- Schools must participate in site visits; i.e. coordinating visits to their school facility and attending one additional model school.
- Complete and submit the application by July 16, 2021.
- Attend the overview session on August 13, 2021.
MEET THE TEAM
Participant Testimonial #1
“Bowman Middle School is simply grateful for the RISE program! This program has pulled our staff together and increased cooperation across all grade levels and content areas. Not only has the morale of the faculty improved, but we have grown as professionals and we have increased the level of individual ownership in the systemic culture of our school.”
Paula Holder, Principal
Participant Testimonial #2
“The RISE program has been the most adaptive, strongest professional development I have participated in. Ben and Michelle meet the needs of our school perfectly as we transition into a STEAM magnet school in 2020-21. Not many professional development programs alter for the needs of their individual participants. I would recommend this to any school or organization looking for high quality science and PBL programs at their school.”
Shane Chinni, 3rd Grade Teacher
Participant Testimonial #3
“I have really appreciated the support of the RISE staff during our school’s time of transition. The professional learning has been timely and relevant as we begin our journey to becoming a STEAM² Magnet School. RISE staff conducted site visits, coaching sessions, staff development and shared other opportunities throughout the state to grow our understanding of PBL and STEM.”
Channing Bennett, Principal