Over the past 3 years the SCA has been working with the Saugatuck Schools on a very real problem facing our young people: being adequately prepared for jobs in today's innovation economy.
Traditional school models prepare students for the knowledge economy (learn a lot of information then spit it back) -- but we've moved from the knowledge economy into an innovation driven economy. That means we need workers who are problem solvers, strong communicators, self-directed, can work in teams, etc.
The SCA built our arts|in
model to implement project based learning (PBL) in Saugatuck High School. Through arts|in
, students work on real world social justice problems with regional businesses. They research, analyze, trouble shoot, create, evaluate, and problem solve. Students also give public presentations at the SCA and create deliverables for businesses.