A New (Charter) School in Town

The Pratt Tribune offers a brief write-up of a new charter school in the area. Here are the lead paragraphs:

Becky Carter has the job of implementing a program that has not existed in any other Kansas school. As director of the new Walden Center, funded in part by the Kansas Department of Education as a charter school, Carter must recruit students, secure the cooperation of area businesses and flesh out the vision of USD 382 and an advisory committee of community leaders, all in time for school to start in August.

Potential students are those who are not “plugged in” to regular education, Carter said. They may be college-bound or planning to work right out of high school. Walden Center will give them the tools to do either.

Applications have been available at Pratt High School for several weeks. When Carter officially begins her job on July 1, she will interview students to determine their career interests, find work sites that are willing to “take them on,” not as employees but as students learning through shadowing and hands-on experience.

A second component of the program is an online curriculum that will include course requirements as well as areas of special interest. The third component is project-based learning.

We will be watching this development with interest.

See: New Walden Center director takes over unique program, Pratt Tribune, May 31.

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