What is GearUp2Grow?
The GearUp2Grow Micro-School serves fourth through eighth grade students and is located in the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, a center for arts, education and cultural programs in Flint. We use Project Based Learning, and Place Based Learning to engage students in solving real world problems.
Micro-School methods include:
Student-driven, self-paced learning
Goal setting/self reflection
Exploration and assessment of skill levels, learning styles, aptitudes, personality traits, and interests
Guides rather than teachers
Socratic discussions rather than lectures
Project-based learning and student portfolios of achievements rather than grades
No teaching to the test
We believe that instilling a growth mindset, along with empathy, builds the confidence needed for students to take action and be responsible decision makers for their learning as well as for their community as a whole.