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Civics/Regional Planning

Regional Planning is planning for a geographical area that transcends the boundaries of individual governmental units, which include common social, economic, political, cultural, natural, and transportation characteristics. The study of Regional Planning helps students see the interconnectedness of the many systems involved in the development of civilizations. By studying Civics and regional planning , students will do research as well as talk with area leaders about the social, cultural, geographic, ecological, political, and physical factors that determine the past and future of the region.  Students will construct a physical model of the region to help them understand and communicate key ideas they are learning about regional planning.
 

Entrepreneurship (NFTE)/Economics

Entrepreneurship from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Lab as Pace University is “a mindset-a way of thinking and acting. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value.”  Entrepreneurship is a habit of mind that applies to both career and  life.  

Entrepreneurship education prepares students to understand and carry out the entrepreneurial process and experience the entrepreneurial spirit. The study of Entrepreneurship  helps students learn Opportunity recognition, Comfort with risk, Creativity and innovation, Future orientation, Flexibility and adaptability, Initiative and self-reliance, Critical thinking and problem solving, and Communication and collaboration.

Developing an innovative idea and writing a business plan are only the first steps of a successful business.  The entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow’s competitive marketplace must also understand production, marketing, finance, human resources, global competition, and social, environmental, and legal issues. 

Entrepreneurship is about being proactive, opportunistic and innovative. In Entrepreneurship, students ideate possible social and business ventures by examining their own interests and passions and determining who their customer would be via observation, interaction, and research. They prototype to create possible solutions which they then sketch out and transform into a physical concept. Students test their solutions, editing and revising as deemed necessary. Students present their findings or final products as a thorough business plan to receive feedback.

US History

United States History is the study of themes that have emerged throughout the timeline of the United States, focusing on the historical, cultural, social, and economic perspectives of each era. The design of this course is to have students think critically about the events, people, trends, and historical phenomena that have occurred in United States History so that students can draw logical inferences on the impact that United States history has had on the present and the future. Students will examine United States History so that they gain a strong, working historical chronology that can be applied to the other content areas and to their lives outside of the classroom. Students will complete research projects throughout the year that will use the Design Thinking process in order  to emphasize the importance of drawing one’s own conclusions from the information presented.

Advanced Placement (AP) United States History

AP United States History is the exploration of events in U.S. history through the use and analysis of documents, images, cartoons, quantitative data, and other primary sources. The study of AP United States History will allow students to develop an understanding of the major themes in U.S. history that established an American identity, through, economic, social, political change, continuity, and the United States role in the world. Students will do research on the relationship between economic, social, political, and cultural factors that work to develop a national identity for the United States. Students will research and construct a thesis replica report that delves into many historical problems that the United States as a nation has had to face.