More of what’s going around:
-A city advisory board on Monday reviewed the Asheville Art Museum’s construction plans as the $24 million project gets set to begin in the heart of downtown Asheville. The guts of the museum will be demolished and then rebuilt, according to the plans, which the Asheville Technical Review Committee looked over on Monday afternoon. Here’s more on the art museum construction impacts.
-A former Asheville climate scientist alleges that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association manipulated data to advance a political agenda by hiding the global warming “pause,” according to reports. The Washington Times, following a Daily (U.K.) Mail story, reports that
in an article on the Climate Etc. blog, John Bates, who retired last year as principal scientist of the National Climatic Data Center, accused the lead author of the 2015 NOAA “pausebuster” report of trying to “discredit” the hiatus through “flagrant manipulation of scientific integrity guidelines and scientific publication standards.” In addition, Mr. Bates told the Daily [U.K.] Mail that the report’s author, former NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information director Thomas Karl, did so by “insisting on decisions and scientific choices that maximized warming and minimized documentation.”
-A realtor.com story includes Asheville on a list of 10 cities it says are gentrifying the fastest. Other cities include Charleston, S.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas.
-Pour Taproom is planning to open in a new Durham hotel, according to the Durham Herald-Sun.
-Did you know that the Albemarle Inn in Asheville once hosted Hungarian composer Bela Bartok as a guest? Bartok lived at the inn on Edgemont Road in 1943 when it was a rooming house. Bartok composed his Third Concerto for Piano, also known as the “Asheville Concerto,” in Asheville, according to the inn’s website.
-At least 10 bed-and-breakfast businesses are for sale in Asheville, reports WLOS-TV.
–Moogfest, which is set for May 18-21 in Durham, has announced that “protest” will be a key theme of the music event this year.
-The next SuperHappy Trivia Challenge is set for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at The Magnetic Theatre on Depot Street. More:
This fast-paced variety show leaves audiences of all stripes doubled up from laughing. Hosts Adam Arthur and Troy Burnette welcome back to the panel veterans Jeff “Dirigible” Catanese and Rodney Smith, plus panel newbies Jeff Messer and DiAnna Ritola. Jeff has been active in Asheville theatre since forever plus he hosts his own radio show every afternoon at 880 am. DiAnna Ritola, last seen as the mother in Night of the Living Dead, brings years of improv experience and serious comic chops.
-The Franklin School of Innovation, a public, tuition-free charter school, is accepting students for grades 5-12. There’s a meet-and-greet from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday for parents and students who want to learn more. Here’s more about the school:
The school employs a learning model which shares its heritage with Outward Bound. Known as Expeditionary Learning, this model is characterized by a redefinition of traditional classroom roles. At an EL school like FSI, instructors speak less, students speak more.
On a typical day at Franklin, teachers provide their classes with resources, protocols and goals, and then students do the rest. They scrutinize their resources, pop out of their desks to compare their data with each other, draw conclusions, debate those conclusions, attend to their goal. Teachers circumambulate the classroom, and they listen. They listen to their students grapple with the lesson’s material and avoid intervening except to keep everyone on task. At the end of the class, students present their work to their teacher and to one another. They discuss, together, whether the end goal has been reached. Then they discuss, together, the context and significance of the class’s lesson.
In a nutshell, Expeditionary Learning is learning through discovery. And though at times it may seem messy and raucous, this learning model works. It works, first and foremost, because it requires that students know why they’re learning what they learn. The effect this has on students’ motivation is profound and positive. In general, people are much more productive when they understand the purpose of their efforts, and so, at Franklin, a large part of a teacher’s job is to make the relevance of schoolwork transparent for students.
Part of this is accomplished through the implementation of interdisciplinary projects, and part of it occurs through the incorporation of real-world problems in lessons. The curricula at Franklin often include a related service component that allows students to apply the knowledge and skills they glean in school. To cite some examples, last year’s 8th Grade class participated in a stream clean of Hominy Creek after testing its water quality and learning about the deleterious effects of human pollution. This year, high school students are involved in a Habitat for Humanity build after spending time studying social justice.
The driving force behind Expeditionary Learning is the idea that growth is an end in and of itself. Therefore, Franklin students are taught to track their personal and academic development over time. They routinely analyze their progress towards goals they set in collaboration with teachers, and they practice sharing their assessments of this progress with others. They learn to be resilient and persistent, that failure is a necessary step towards success, and that growth is a lifelong vocation. Students are taught to encourage and support each other in the same way that their teachers encourage and support them. The result is a classroom dynamic, defined by mutual respect and trust, that both allows students to take risks and promotes their acceptance of challenge.