Investments in education produce economic and social benefits far beyond the initial outlay. Educational Dividends is committed to engaging students in learning that is relevant, challenging and important. Educational Dividends’ mission is to change the learning paradigm to consistently produce creative, life-long learners. We establish “win-win” relationships between business and the educational community and deliver educational products and projects that integrate technology, standards-based learning, creativity, leadership and workplace skills. Educational Dividends’ projects are relevant to students and challenge them to take responsibility for their education.
Educational Dividends’ services include:
- Educational Project Design, Implementation and Management
- Curriculum Development
- Professional Development for Teachers
- Meeting Facilitation and Facilitation Training for Students, Teachers, Community Members and Organizations
- Grant Writing
At Educational Dividends, the focus is on facilitative learning. By training teachers how to lead students to explore for themselves, students are better prepared for life in the work world.
The facilitative learning model works well for all types of learners, from elementary students to education professionals. Read below about our successes with this training model.
Teacher’s roles shift from lecturer to facilitator in Educational Dividend’s educational model. Learn about this innovative approach to education in our Facilitative Learning primer.
The Student Power Program provides teachers with additional resources to engage students in grades 3 through 12 in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as language arts and workplace skills. It is designed to help students learn more about electricity and the environment, as well as activities that can impact electricity use at home and at school. Students use smart meters to monitor energy use at home and share this knowledge with their families. Schools benefit from improved energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
Established in 1994, EnergyNet has been implemented in hundreds of schools. Participants have increased student motivation and learning; decreased school energy costs an average of 15% and built partnerships within their communities.
Students are empowered to reduce their school’s energy use. Teachers are provided ongoing support from the EnergyNet team along with detailed lessons that are correlated to the Learning Standards for Math, Science and Language Arts. EnergyNet’s powerful online tools allow students to view their school’s energy use in a graphical format; track their school’s ENERGY STAR® rating; and document and communicate their results.
The following age-appropriate curricula is available:
- Energy Detectives for Grades 3-5
- Energy Heroes for Grades 6-8
- Energy Inspectors for High School
Visit EnergyNet’s web page to learn more.
High Tech Edge
A transformational learning experience for high school students
Working in a team and organized as a consulting firm, students are provided a challenging and important project to complete for a local organization. Over two semesters students network with local leaders to obtain the information and resources they need to complete their project. Students earn high school and college credit from their local community college. This program has been accredited by the IL State Board of Education and was conducted in cooperation with Parkland College, Richland Community College and Danville Area Community College. High Tech Edge is not currently being offered.
After five years of experience:
- 100% of all students had gone on to post-secondary education
- 75% had enrolled in technology, math or science coursework
- 95% had successfully completed the course
STUDENT POWER 2000
Educational Dividends developed and managed a branded K-12 program for Commonwealth Edison. The program consisted of professional development for teachers, classroom teaching materials, an educational CD for students and ongoing assistance from the Educational Dividends team. An evaluation of Student Power 2000 indicated the following:
- 86% of participating teachers rated the program materials “Excellent”
- 89.5% stated the training provided them with “Valuable Information”
- Based on the kWh savings reported in the Student Power 2000 database for the final year of the three year program, the cost for the electricity curtailed by the students was 8/10ths of a cent per kWh
- Over 90,000 public and private school students in ComEd’s service territory were directly involved in this popular program
Put Us To Work For You
Educational Dividends can put its skills and expertise to work for you. Because we focus on facilitative learning, STEM projects and technology implementation, we can design training projects for K-12 students and teachers.
Possible topics include:
- Partnership Building
- Goal Setting
For more information, contact:Carol Timms, President
PO Box 8646
Champaign, IL 61826
We also have opportunities for companies to sponsor established products and tools for parents, teachers and students.