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FISD Launches New Entrepreneurship Program

Aug 23, 2018

Frisco ISD is expanding its academic programming in the new school year.

The new Bright Academy, the District’s first School of Choice, is beginning implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. The academy also offers Spanish language enrichment and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch, a pre-career and technical education program designed for elementary students.

AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is now available to seventh graders at Hunt and Staley middle schools. The program includes an elective course designed to provide academic, social and emotional support to students as they take advanced coursework, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP courses.  

Vandeventer Middle School is implementing the middle school PLTW program, PLTW Gateway, thanks to a $20,000 grant.

In addition, four Frisco ISD high schools are piloting INCubatoredu, an entrepreneurship program that brings learning to life by combining foundational business content with authentic entrepreneurial experience. The program will take students at Centennial, Frisco, Heritage and Lone Star high schools through the process of turning a business idea into an actual pitch.

Professionals from a variety of backgrounds serve as volunteer coaches and mentors, guiding student teams through the process of developing hypotheses about a business concept, testing those hypotheses and then learning how to adapt and improve their ideas.

The program includes curriculum, resources and training to support the District’s entrepreneurship course. Although there is a classroom teacher to support all the volunteers, INCubatoredu relies on the willingness of community members to volunteer their time and knowledge to support students throughout the duration of the program.

Entrepreneurs, as well as current and retired business professionals, have the opportunity to share their time and expertise by volunteering in one of four roles. There is a need for volunteers in the following areas: finance, marketing, web/app development, law and more.  

“This is an opportunity for community members to empower our students through engagement in the classroom,” said Allison Miller, FISD director of community relations. “I can’t think of a better way for individuals to make an impact than to share their expertise. Imagine being the person who comes to mind when later in life a former student is asked, ‘Who is the person who had the biggest impact on who you are today?’”

Local entrepreneurs and business professionals can obtain more information or apply as volunteers by contacting Miller at millera@friscoisd.org or 469.633.6864.  

The volunteer roles and responsibilities available are listed below.

COACH

As a coach, your role is to work with students in their class as you help them learn materials you present through lectures and activities. You will choose the lesson that aligns with your area of business expertise.

MENTOR                                    

As a mentor, your role is to facilitate learning. Students will look to you for answers, but what they really need is help learning how to find the answers themselves. Generally, mentors are expected to meet with their teams once a week for at least one hour.

BOARD OF ADVISORS MEMBER “SHARKS”

As a Board of Advisors Member or “Shark,” you will offer strategic direction to student teams. These volunteers will be in the classroom two times in the school year: Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Pitch and Investor Pitch (Academic and Live competition).

COMMUNITY CHAMPION

As a Community Champion, your role is to act as a liaison between the school and business communities. You will recruit, identify, connect and train volunteers using the resources provided, or by innovating. Community champions can design and implement unique strategies that engages their school’s business community.

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