This service-learning course is an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary team of students to spend a week in January at a special elementary school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The school has responded to low student test scores in a brave, unusual way: by integrating project-based learning and the arts into its curriculum.
To help the school build its capacity for project-based learning, in 2017 the team worked with children and teachers to make music videos. In 2018 each student in grades 4 and 5 wrote and illustrated an original short story (based on a damaged or neglected object pulled from a strange “treasure chest”) and bound it between hard covers. In 2019, the instructor and school are hard at work on a new project and will be announcing the details soon.