Though the doors to our creative design facility are always open for public tours, this week, we welcomed members of Pennsylvania’s Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) to Inventionland for a strategic planning session.
IU1 is one of 29 Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania and the regional education agency provides strategic support to the students, families, teachers, administrators and community members of southwestern Pennsylvania’s Fayette, Greene and Washington counties.
IU1 Director of Center for Professional Development Jenny Lent and Media Coordinator Sarah D’Urzo met with Inventionland founder and CEO George Davison Tuesday after touring our expansive creative workspace. During their visit, they collaborated to construct an interactive experience where both teachers and students can delve into the methods behind Inventionland’s success and, most importantly, understand why connecting experienced educators with state-of-the-art course material can create an energized classroom, increase engagement and develop a valuable skill set for a student’s college career and professional future.
Currently, IU1 utilizes Inventionland’s course material within their Colonial School, where Lent said they continue to receive positive feedback as students and teachers progress through the interactive resources.
“As IU1 teachers and students work through the course material at our Colonial School, we are seeing student engagement increase. Students are coming to school excited to be working collaboratively, communicating with their peers, and problem solving each day. Teachers are seeing a difference in their students. These teachers have now embraced strategies to incorporate project-based learning in the classroom,” said Lent.