1 million students drop out of high school every year.
Students who fail to finish school often lack the
basic skills necessary to remain gainfully employed.
The primary reason students drop out of school is
not usually work or family related.
The main reason students report leaving school is
that academic subjects are simply not interesting
There is a need to create alternative teaching and
instructional strategies that will engage children's
interest and encourage them to learn.
Mark Twain Academy of Science and Arts MTASA
developed the Interactive Studying Endeavors Program
combines both academic and artistic curriculums and
has had successful results engaging students to learn,
create, and explore.
ISEP is comprised of various projects, such as: Biodiversity,
Science, Sociology, Heritage, Olympics, Folklore,
Media Literacy, and Environmental Literacy. Every
one of them presents children and teens from 6 to
18 years old with the opportunity to bridge their
education with real life experiences.
The projects encourage independent learning by allowing
students to work at their own pace and develop individual
learning styles and strengths. For the duration of
the project, students participate in lectures, workshops,
field trips and exhibitions.
One of the important components of the program is
Academic Scrapbooking, a powerful and strategically
designed educational tool that connects inquiry with
discovery, curiosity with creativity, experiential
learning with scholarly discipline.
Students use reading, writing, research and critical-thinking
skills, establishing the connection between words
and images when creating scrapbooks. They complete
every project with their own scrapbook, where the
unique educational experience is documented through
creative writing, photography and art.
Currently, ISEP is being introduced to public and
charter schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and branches
of the YMCA/YWCA. We are in the process of developing
ISEP interactive online courses which will be available
by the spring
You can learn more about the content of the program
by subscribing to our Newsletter, and participating
in special projects which will be announced at a later
Students will acquire skills in communication, teamwork,
creative writing and critical thinking;
Students will learn to appreciate
the artistic expression of others, while moving ahead
toward creative self-expression.
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