The Project Briefcase
By Columbus Signature Academy; Grant Adkins; Joe Steele
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The Project Briefcase is a weekly dive into the wonders of Project Based Learning at the Columbus Signature Academy. The show originated as a task given CSA English Facilitator Joe Steele by Ryan Steuer, the Executive Director of Magnify Learning -- make a podcast about PBL. Initially conceived as a single episode detailing Authenticity, the base foundation for PBL, Mr. Steele sought help from CSA Senior and podcast aficionado Grant Adkins. Grant then expanded Mr. Steele's vision into a weekly series composed of ten episodes each focusing on a different aspect of PBL and its implementation at CSA.
||Clean10. Ending and Reflection||As this podcast, this project, comes to an end, this final episode of The Project Briefcase focuses on how projects end. The act of completing projects has been discussed at length on this show, but how they go gentle into that good night has yet to be given its due, until now. This episode not only explains the process, but it demonstrates the most integral part of ending a project, the Reflection Process. English Facilitator Rachelle Antcliff returns to the show to explain how the reflecting on a project works, and Project Briefcase Host Joe Steele and Producer Grant Adkins partake in the process and reflect on their experience creating this podcast. After that, Grant sat down with one last group, facilitators Josh Giebel and Andrew Larson as well as students Toni Fisher, Noe Perez and Troy Gayman to talk about their experience working with Grant and Mr. Steele to help create this show. This show would not have been possible without the help of those who took the time out of their days to make a guest appearance. Special thanks to the entire English 12 class for their Episode 1 segments; students Catharine Reed, Ahmad Mohuidin, Aaron Brown, Caige Comstock, Jacqueline Cowan, Arturo Contrera, Toni Fisher, Addie Smith, Madison Wilson and Troy Gayman; Facilitators Nick Bullman, Andrea Behling, Matt Baker, Andrew Larson, Josh Giebel, Matt Morrill, Mary McDonough, Gail Nowells and Rachelle Antcliff; CSA Principal Mike Reed and anyone else that we might have missed. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Project Showcase, Round II||The first round of the Project Showcase covered three amazing projects, but there are still more to be shared. This episode is a repeat of the last one, three interviews, but the projects are completely different. First, the dynamic duo of Science Facilitator Andrew Larson and History/English Facilitator Veronica Buckler explain the Genius Hour project that students in their Global Science Perspectives course (English 9 integrated with Environmental Science). Then Spanish Facilitator Mary McDonough details CSA Spanish Students' upcoming Costa Rica Trip. Finally, Physics Facilitator Gail Nowells sits down to talk about her class's annual trip to New Orleans to repair houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Advisory||Advisory was something that was primarily mentioned in passing throughout the course of this show, but this episode shines a light on it. For this feature of one of the most important aspects of the school's culture, Project Briefcase producer Grant Adkins interviewed CSA Principal Mike Reed about the origins of the course. After that, Grant sat down with a facilitator panel composed of Andrew Larson, Joe Steele and Matt Morrill to discuss the planing process for the year-long Advisory curriculum. Lastly, seniors Arturo Contreras and Noe Perez as well as junior Catharine Reed returned to partake in a panel on the student experience and imlpementation of Advisory. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Interview with Mrs. Antcliff||For this episode, Project Briefcase producer Grant Adkins sat down with one of the original CSA faculty, English Facilitator Rachelle Antcliff, to learn about the history of the school, its philosophy and how it might grow. Fun Fact: This was Grant's favorite interview to record. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Project Process||The 3rd episode of The Project Briefcase focused on various exceptional projects at CSA, and this episode highlights the process in which these projects are created, and how they are executed. Project Briefcase producer Grant Adkins sat down with a panel of facilitators, Math Facilitator Josh Giebel, Science Facilitator Andrew Larson and English Facilitator and Project Briefcase host Joe Steele, to discuss how they design projects as well as how the projects proceeds from a facilitator's perspective. Then Grant sat down with three CSA students, sophomore Caige Comstock, junior Jacqueline Cowan and senior Arturo Contreras, and had them discuss the project process from their perspective. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. CSA Tour||The halls of CSA are frequently filled with visitors coming to see the school and how it works. These guests are given a firsthand tour by student ambassadors, and are treated to a student panel afterwords. The panel and the tour enable the guest to witness the school from the students' perspective. The episode of the Project Briefcase follows along one group from Kentucky's experience visiting CSA, from Mr. Reed's introductory spiel to a tour given by CSA senior Noe Perez and ending with both a student panel and a Question and Answer segment with officials from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Senior Project Showcase||This episode of the Project Briefcase comes from the same vein as the previous episode. While Episode 3 focused on amazing project conducted in various classes, this episode showcases four amazing Senior Projects that students at CSA are completing, once again as a series of interviews with Project Briefcase producer Grant Adkins. First, Aaron Brown explains his helping create and running the streaming infrastructure for a robotics competition hosted by Purdue Polytechnic Institute in Columbus, IN. Then Toni Fisher tells Grant about her working with Physics facilitator Gail Nowells to install a fully functioning windmill on the roof of the school to supply power to the building. Then the partnership of seniors Addie Smith and Madison Wilson discuss their efforts to create the Project Pantry, a community resource for students, especially those struggling financially to gather project materials. Finally, Troy Gayman details his scholarship and ACT prep groups and how he's helping fellow CSA students prepare for college. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Project Showcase||While the past two episodes focused on the underlying principles of both PBL and CSA, this episode showcases three stellar examples of how PBL is implemented at CSA. Three facilitators sat down with Project Briefcase producer Grant Adkins to talk with him about a project in each of their classes that exemplifies the principles of PBL. The first is History facilitator Andrea Behling, who discussed the Museum Project that her American Heritage (English 11 integrated with U.S. History) class completes every year. Then Government and Economics facilitator Matt Baker talked about the Mock Election that his Government class conducted throughout the entire school to coincide with the 2016 American Presidential Election. Finally, Math Facilitator Nick Bullman returned to tell Grant about the Art of a Line project that his Pre-Calculus class completes every year. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Trust, Respect, Responsibility||The second episode of the Project Briefcase focuses on one of the key cultural aspects of the Columbus Signature Academy (CSA). Students and faculty at CSA strive to embody and create an environment that puts these three pillars at the forefront. This episode is composed of two interviews, conducted by Project Briefcase producer Grant Adkins, with CSA principal Mike Reed and Math Facilitator Nick Bullman about their perspectives on the implementation and benefits of such a culture. The two interviews are then followed by a student panel in which the people most impacted by these three pillars explain just what it is like being in the trenches of such an environment. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Authenticity||Authenticity is the bedrock of Project Based Learning (PBL), therefore it is only fitting for the inaugural episode of The Project Briefcase to focus on it. This episode originated as a project for the CSA Senior English class while they were reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Each group was given the task of recording three separate segments relating to the topic of Authenticity, one segment on Authenticity in Life, one on Authenticity in PBL and a final one focusing on Authenticity in The Catcher in the Rye. The students' segments varied in style and focus, and the best from each category appears in this final cut of the very first episode of The Project Briefcase. Thank you for listening. More episodes and additional information are available at projectbriefcase.net.||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|