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A New Record?!

On December 22nd, 2016, posted in: News by Comments Off on A New Record?!

We are very excited to announce that all ‘standard’ openings for our Your Day in Court fieldtrips have been booked for the 2016-2017 school year in Clark County!

Why the excitement? Given that in the 2015-2016 school year we still had openings in April, this development seems to imply we will be reaching many more students this school year. We also have plans to help out any additional classes that might want to attend these fieldtrips. Our ‘standard’ field trips in Clark County take place at the Regional Justice Center and the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in Downtown Las Vegas every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Our plan now is to work closely with our contacts at both courthouses to set up additional field trips on Mondays and Fridays when they are able to accommodate additional groups of students. Additionally, we hope to soon be able to work with other courthouses in Southern Nevada if the opportunity to offer multiple field trips each day becomes available.

These are exciting times for Project REAL and there is sure to be more to come, so check back here regularly for more updates!

This School Year, Teach Your Students to Play By the Rules

On November 3rd, 2016, posted in: News by Comments Off on This School Year, Teach Your Students to Play By the Rules

To the middle school teachers and parents of middle school students in Nevada: Project REAL invites you to request Play By the Rules for your students or children.  This book presents over 200 of Nevada’s laws to middle school students and those involved with the juvenile justice system in an interesting and thought-provoking way. While teachers are welcome to provide this 10-15 class period curriculum on their own, Project REAL will work to connect instructors with law enforcement officers who volunteer to assist with teaching this material. By working together, Project REAL, law enforcement officers, and teachers can help Nevada’s students gain knowledge, critical thinking skills and the attitudes necessary for success.

A message for teachers: With books typically arriving within 2 weeks of each request, now would be the perfect time to stagger the lesson throughout the year for your students.  Using Play By the Rules in the classroom ‘every other Friday’ or in some similar way is a great method for implementing the 10-15 day suggested teaching plan without disrupting your lesson plans in the coming school year.  It also provides an opportunity to give your students a small change in pace in the classroom every few weeks.

We invite you to view a digital version of the student guide here:
http://bit.ly/pbtrstudent

If you would like to request sets of Play By the Rules books for your school, please call 702.388.7527, email mkamer@projectrealnv.org, or get a head-start on the process by following the instructions in our account creation guide which can be found here:  http://bit.ly/projectrealaccountguide

As always we will provide these resources at no cost to the schools, students, or teachers of Nevada.  With no reason to hesitate, we hope you will contact us today!

Testing Goes Digital This Month at Project REAL!

On September 6th, 2016, posted in: News by Comments Off on Testing Goes Digital This Month at Project REAL!

For many years, Project REAL has requested teachers who use our materials to issue pre-tests and post-tests to their students.  Teachers would typically mail in paper forms which the Project REAL team would then tally and archive.  This helped us to see how our activities were impacting students in small batches, but was highly time consuming.  If you would believe it, sometimes the students’ handwriting was a bit difficult to decipher as well!  This month, that all changes.

Starting this school year, all of our pre-tests and post-tests will be issued digitally through online portals.  In addition to providing almost instantaneous results, we will also be able to adjust questions or add in new feedback options and have those alterations apply instantly!  This provides us a number of unique opportunities.  For just one example, we will now be able to see how students who interact with Project REAL across multiple school years progress behaviorally and academically.

We made this decision after conferring with many of the teachers we’ve worked with in the past, out of concern that some teachers may have difficulty providing their students with access to computers.  After a healthy period of research, we have decided to move forward and are confident in our decision to do so.  Should there ever be any issue for any instructor relating to this decision however,  Project REAL will accommodate those classes in any and every way possible.

We look forward to sharing some of the results we see after this school year concludes, so be on the look out for some exciting data from Project REAL in mid-2017!

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