• Innovation Academy Selected to Go to Rome

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    July 08, 2019
    Smithfield, NC - Innovation Academy (IA) is a community of pioneering teacher-leaders, students, and families who approach learning in innovative and personalized ways.  IA hosts visits for education professionals, community members and families who are interested in innovating teaching and learning. As a school we focus our recruitment on first-generation college-potential students from impoverished areas. These students come to us from across Johnston County to learn! 

    As a result of the damage to Eastern NC as a result of Hurricane Florence, the staff at Innovation Academy proposed the following question to our students, "What is our responsibility as Pioneers to address suffering in our community?". Through the use of a learning platform called Design For Change, students focused on service based learning and the "I Can" Mindset. Students defined, addressed and reduced suffering in our community, region and state through research, collection and school-wide outreach. 

    Utilizing the process provided by Design for Change USA afforded us the structure to take on a very large vision and bring it to life.  As a result of the work of our Pioneers, we submitted a proposal for their participation in the I CAN Global Summit in Rome, Italy in November.  Out of 300 submissions nationwide, our school was one of the 15 selected! A total of 12 students and 6 staff will be selected to attend the summit and present our work.  To negate the determination of participation on access to financial resources, we need to raise $40,000 to cover trip expenses. 

    We need your help to share our story and help this dream come to life! 

    Please CLICK HERE to experience the work of our students through this process and a explore this LINK  for the opportunities that will be available to our students Design For Change Global Summit coming up in November. 

    Over the upcoming weeks and months, the students at Innovation Academy will need the support of our community leaders and businesses in multiple ways. Please let me know what the best way is to share information with the business and leaders of the Chamber of Commerce as we set forth on this journey to Rome. We are thankful for any support that you and your partners have to offer! 
    Elizabeth Ham

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