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FIU College of Architecture + The Arts artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada, founder and creator of theReclamation Project (www.reclamationproject.net), will make a presentation and lead students in dedicating their mangrove propagule installation at Southside Elementary School (http://southside.dadeschools.net) on November 13th, 2014.
Southside Elementary Museums Magnet School is a historic
school located in the Mary Brickell area near Miami’s Downtown. Southside is the oldest elementary
school in Miami-Dade County; the school building was added to the U.S. National
Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Famous alumni of the school include Congresswoman Ileana
Southside is a Museum
Magnets School which is committed to having a culturally diverse learning
environment with support and collaboration from local museums and the
community. As a result, the curriculum is largely humanities-based. There are
expeditions which allow students to have authentic learning experiences using
both their hands and minds. As it is a museum-based environment, students are
encouraged to be critical thinkers, creative, and self-motivated. The school provides a rigorous
education through various programs offered such as object-based
learning, bilingual, Gifted and Talented, and Exceptional Student
Education. The school services 852
children from grades Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade from the local community
as well as from throughout more than 50 zip codes in Miami Dade County.
Southside has had an outstanding record of academic success over the
past 10 years. The school has received
a school grade of A as designated by the Department of Education: Florida School Grades. The school has also received several
mentions and distinctions over the years such as Magnet School of Distinction
Award for 2012, Title One Distinguished School Award in 2007-2008, Arts for Learning Sun Award for Outstanding Site in 2009 and Excellence in
Urban Education Award from the National Center for Urban School Transformation
(NCUST) in 2008 for urban schools that have succeeded in improving academic
achievement for English language learners (ELLs).
Southside Elementary Museums Magnet School is committed to providing a culturally diverse learning environment in collaboration with museums throughout the community. A humanities-based curriculum infused with museum resources and expeditions provides hands-on, minds-on authentic learning experiences taking students beyond the walls of the classroom.
Southside Elementary Museums Magnet School is a unique and challenging museums-based learning environment, which enables students to; Explore, Examine, Experiment, and Exhibit; therefore becoming self-directed, creative, critical thinkers.
The effort is organized by MuVE at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, where the Reclamation Project has been based since 2007. On October 4th,Cortada, presented the project at a teacher workshop at the science museum. Workshop participants focused on bringing eco-art to their schools and communities. See below:
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