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Proposed Colorado Springs charter school to screen documentary on new ideas about learning

November 2, 2016 Updated: November 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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Spacious Skies, a proposed K-8 charter school on Colorado Springs' west side, will host a screening of "Most Likely to Succeed", a documentary that looks at the shortcomings of education and gives ideas about what students need to learn in the Innovation Age.

The screening is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Launch High School, 3115 Larkspur Drive.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be a short question-and-answer session following the film.

The film will give parents and students an idea of what Spacious Skies is proposing - a teaching method known as project-based learning, said Founder Evelyn Cortez-Ford.

Under the model, students learn by working collaboratively for extended periods of time on investigating and responding to a complex question, problem or challenge.

"Many people really don't know what project-based learning looks like," Cortez-Ford said. "Students are engaged in projects that call on them to use 21st century skills such as communication, creativity and critical thinking."

The school wants to open with kindergarten, first and second grades and add one grade each year until it reaches eighth grade.

The school likely will seek charter authorization through the state's Colorado Charter School Institute, Cortez-Ford said. Organizers are looking for a site within Colorado Springs School District 11 boundaries on the west side, but will ask for relinquishment from being chartered through D-11.

Organizers include west side residents, educators, lawyers, community-based corrections professionals, community leaders and families.

For details, call 331-6148, or email info@spaciousskies.org. The group also has a Facebook page.

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