Learning expeditions and case studies are the signature of PCAs curricular structure. Each year students participate in long term, in depth studies that offer real world connections and inspire students toward higher levels of academic achievement. Learning expeditions involve students in original research, critical thinking, and problem solving. In addition, they build character and citizenship along with academic skills. All learning expeditions explicitly focus on building literacy skills particularly in reading and writing nonfiction texts and writing from evidence. Learning expeditions are typically 6-12 weeks in duration, although sometimes longer.
For the past eleven years Gallery Night has been a much anticipated event where families and community members come to the school to see the expedition displays. These expeditions tell the story of learning that has taken place that year, and they are always an impressive sight reminding both students and adults of all the learning that has taken place.
Even with the restrictions of the pandemic, teachers and students have been immersed in expedition work and case studies and are excited to show parents their learning. Due to COVID safety guidelines we do not feel our traditional Gallery Night is the right choice. Therefore, we have decided to have a virtual “Gallery Night”. Slideshows, movies, and powerpoints of all of the learning expeditions in the school for the 2020-2021 year will be posted on Facebook and the school website under the About PCA Tab/Showcase of Learning. We hope everyone will take the time to view and share the great learning experiences our students have participated in this year.
The schedule for the release of each expedition is listed below.
10th Grade Geometry
9th Grade Algebra 1
Ms. Wendy and Ms. Ashley’s Class
12th Grade Government/Civics