At NT@ZB, academic relevance is a key component to our project-based learning model
. In the PBL model, learning does not take place just for the sake of learning. Instead, learning takes place in the context of the school, community, and world around us. Understanding how issues impact people and society are just as important to our model as the issues themselves. Writing skills are put to the test in letters, articles, and presentations. Math skills are showcased through models that students will see not just in a textbook, but as they head out into the world around us. Science skills are illustrated through connected research and investigations to current events and modern-day concerns. This is what academic relevance means to the NT@ZB community.
As part of that relevance, NT@ZB courses regularly partner with individuals, groups and organizations outside the district to bring that real-world connection into the classroom. Whether our students are creating learning trunks for the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County
or presenting in the National History Day
competition or partnering with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America
to look at cell divisions and mitosis, NT@ZB students are using their learning to interact with the world around them.