For 2015-2016, MAC programming will take place with 6th-grade advanced ELA classes in November and again in the spring.
GCCS extends a sincere thank you to our generous benefactors who have provided 2014-2015 programming funds through the Armstrong Gift for High Ability, the Greater Clark Education Foundation Grant, the Jeffersonville Rotary Club Grant, and the Louisville Fund for the Arts grants. Using these funds, GCCS expanded the MAC Leadership Academy to include 7th-grade advanced students. In 2014-2015, all identified high ability students in grades 3-5 and advanced ELA students in grades 6 and 7 saw the world premiere of StageOne’s And in this Corner…. Cassius Clay and toured the Muhammad Ali Center. In preparation for this school year, advanced 6th- and 7th-grade ELA teachers attended training at the MAC in order to co-facilitate the Creating Our Future curriculum with the MAC educators in half-day leadership workshops with each of their classes. For more details about the impact, go to the News and Tribune or to the Courier-Journal article.
At the elementary level, advanced intermediate students studied the life choices of Muhammad Ali in the context of the historical background. This included reading and discussing the book Who Is Muhammad Ali? as well as analyzing primary and secondary resources. These students benefited from participating in a second seminar where they created their own “This Is ME!’ project working with the artists at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. (See the MAC Slider Show at the bottom of the page for a visual journey of this year’s programming.)
MAC Slider Show (2014-2015)
Previous Years’ Armstrong Gift for High Ability Programming Supplemented by eBay, IAC, Your Community Bank, and One Southern Indiana
In 2013-2014, the Armstrong Gift for High Ability Education, an eBay Grant, and Your Community Bank donation were used to bring together a joint venture between GCCS and the Muhammad Ali Center to create a “Leadership Academy” for 5th- and 6th-grade highly able students. The programming MAC used during the school year was from its Creating Our Future curriculum, which is composed of six modules, each focusing on a single core principle embodied in the life and work of Muhammad Ali – respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, spirituality, and giving. All middle school 6th-graders attended a field trip to the MAC on their school’s designated date in April. Eight students each won $100 certificate of deposit in a writing/technology contest on leadership following the study.
In 2012-2013, the Armstrong Gift for High Ability Education afforded Parkview, Charlestown, and River Valley middle schools’ 8th-grade advanced program sections and New Washington High School’s 9th-grade the opportunity to see Kentucky Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and participate in artist-in-residency workshops as well as historical interpretation outreach programming from the Frazier Museum and to fund iPods, college-laboratory quality microscopes, and the entire John Wooden “Spirit of Competition” study for the elementary Program. The elementary program included involved collaboration with the Frazier Museum, KMAC, and the Blue Apple Players for the elementary program. Students had the opportunity to participate in a “Speed Mentoring” lunch session with leaders from industry ranging from pharmaceuticals to banking as well as to hear keynote speaker Hall of Fame (retired) UofL Coach Denny Crum talk about playing for and being mentored by Coach John Wooden. Students also conducted informational interviews with marketing personnel and curators from KMAC and the Frazier, created the original artwork for the banner, created static exhibits and technological presentations, and wrote, directed, and performed 2- to 5-minute skits about John Wooden during each decade of his life.