PAWTUCKET – Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy has been awarded a $56,650 investment from The Champlin Foundations to fund technology and other items for its new high school opening this coming fall.
When ninth graders arrive for their first day at BVP High School, everything about their school experience will be new and different. Leveraging an innovative next generation learning model, ninth graders will use technology in a way that allows for a high degree of personalization and individual ownership of their learning.
The most visible innovation for the BVP High School learning model will be a laptop for every scholar.
“We are incredibly grateful to The Champlin Foundations for making our vision of deeper and more meaningful personalization for all of our scholars a reality,” said BVP Executive Director Jeremy Chiappetta. “Computers are not the only requirement of a rigorous 21st century education, but they are certainly an integral part of our world today— we believe in preparing each and every one of our scholars for that world, so being able to give each scholar a laptop is incredible. A laptop means more opportunities for scholars to learn at their own pace, and greater access to resources that aren’t limited by place or time.”
Last July, BVP was awarded a $100,000 planning grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges to design a “breakthrough model for college readiness.” BVP High School Designer Jonathan Santos Silva has been tasked with making that vision a reality.
“We are committed to building a first class, world class high school. All the pieces are coming together, and I can’t wait to see how this brand new model invigorates the learning of our scholars,” said Santos Silva. “A laptop for each and every scholar means that content will be curated for their individual needs, and our amazing teachers will be able to make even more of an impact.”
Cesar Urzua, a current seventh grader at BVP Middle School, said that he’s excited to get a laptop, which he says could provide him with challenging assignments.
“In my perspective, having technology would be an advantage for every scholar,” he said. “For me, math is an easy subject, so I finish the work early. Technology would allow me to complete work that's designed for me and help me get to college."