What is the Greenhouse Project?

CHCCS Greenhouse Project logo
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Greenhouse Project is an invitation-only, all-day event that will allow more than 300 staff members, parents, students and community members an opportunity to plant the seeds of new ideas for the district's next strategic plan.

At the event, participants will review feedback received from the visits Superintendent Tom Forcella has made to various school and community groups as he has carried out his transition plan, as well as feedback from a district parent survey. 

Participants will consult research and other resources that will guide them to the best practices to help our students grow and flourish. They will engage in activities that will help us determine which ideas are strong and healthy and should be allowed to grow into their full stature and which are just weeds that need to be pulled from the field before the harvest.

Cultivating New Ideas

Resources for Greenhouse Project participants.

Changing the Education Paradigm

This animate on creativity and its relationship to our current educational system was adapted from a talk given at the the Royal Society for the ecouragement of Arts (RSA) by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.


The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

This article by Carol Dweck challenges commonly held assumptions about individual talent and suggests that cultivating sustained effort and dedication in students has a greater potential to tap the abilities which exist in all learners.

Download the article (PDF)

The National PTA on Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is an effort designed to improve educational outcomes for students by developing a set of consistent, voluntary, internationally-benchmarked academic standards in mathematics and English language arts. Read the brief by the National PTA on these standards.

Download the Brief (PDF)

When & Where

The CHCCS Greenhouse Project will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.


Resources

Long Term Planning Survey Report for CHCCS

Benchmarking Study for the Greenhouse Project

Student Stories

Read student stories from the event