The Convergence Academies, an initiative of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago is a whole school reform project that integrates digital media and technology across two Chicago Public Schools, Tilden High School and Morrill Elementary.
The Convergence Academies uses an instructional model that positions teachers as designers of powerful learning experiences and centers on three areas: Consume, Connect, and Create. Using this framework, teachers learn to enhance the media literacy and digital media skills of young people through real life inquiry and project based learning across all disciplines and subject areas.
A primary goal is to incorporate relevance in curriculum and instructional delivery so that students can increase achievement in core content, improve their academic college readiness, build their ability to create and analyze media, and cultivate important 21st century competencies in creative problem-solving, innovative and iterative learning, and collaboration. The project uses the connected learning framework in order to integrate digital media into formal classroom curriculum, informal activities outside the classroom, and connected learning experiences.
Mindy Faber, Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)