PAS Multi-Credit Experiential Programs
(MCEs) began to emerge as a teaching strategy at Peel Alternative, in 2008, shortly after PAS was awarded the Urban and Priority High Schools funding from the Ministry of Education.
PAS MCE programs were developed by teachers in an effort to overcome student apathy, poor academic success, and school disconnect within PAS's at-risk student population. At each of the three PAS sites, teachers proposed MCEs based on their observations of student interest, post-secondary pathways or student needs.
The multi-credit experiential programs require dedication to attendance and course success by students. This dedication is supported and developed through team building, pathway education, community connections and class climate. The engaging programming, with hands-on project implementation and event production also boosts student investment in these programs.
The Cultural Arts and Design Certificate program at PAS North was developed to create a collaborative and experiential learning environment for at-risk students who were interested in filmmaking, performance, digital media and communication, and who needed structure, peer support, and community connections.
Patterns of Success
Action research has taken a close look at the success of these programs over a multi-year period. The results show a significant improvement in attendance, engagement and credit accumulation. Student feedback has also been positive, with many students requesting access to more MCEs in different subject areas. As a result, new MCE programs are being developed, this year.
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