FDS

Young Innovator’s Certification Level 1- Future Design School

Success in these uncertain social, political and economic times will be defined by one’s ability to adapt to new situations.  Today, when the average person may change careers many times throughout their adult lives, it has become increasingly important to be able to learn, unlearn and relearn skills and technological systems in order to function in the world of work.

As we move forward,  a central question for educators and parents alike is, “how do we prepare our students and children for a future that is, as yet, unknown”.  The St. Elizabeth Smart Start Program for grade 9  students seeks  to answer that question by focussing on skillsets and modes of thinking and analysis that help students to see the world in a holistic way.  The program seeks to deepen critical thinking, problem solving and design skills to help students to become self-directed, innovative citizens of our world.  Smart Start will equip students with foundational thinking and technical skills in the areas of entrepreneurship, business skills, financial literacy, and digital design and creation. Grade 9 students will study the basic principles of design which will be applied to such universal technical skills as web design, digital photography and layout. They will have exposure to industry leading software and applications such as all aspects of GSuite and software applications such as Adobe Photoshop. Smart Start students will access content and create original works using a variety of different technical platforms and learn how to make decisions that best facilitate the task at hand.

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The purpose of a student’s participation in Smart Start is to prepare them for their future pathway, whatever that may be.  As such, we are proud to have partnered with the innovative team at Future Design School who have worked with students in other GTA school Boards as well as many private school facilities.  This certification  component of the Smart Start program is an excellent resume building opportunity for our students.  The Young Innovator’s Certification Level 1, is a twenty-two hour certification course where students will learn how to take an idea from zero to start-up and create a professional, polished pitch presentation in the end.  Along the way, our students will learn real-world critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in a collaborative environment.  They will be learning a new way of thinking and approaching problems, so that they can be the future leaders of our workforce and our world.

Students will have the opportunity to complete a portion of their certification program at the FDS campus in the MARS Discovery District in downtown Toronto.  This impressive facility will be the first of many “reach ahead” and experiential learning opportunities for our young leaders.

Smart Start students will access content and create original works using a variety of different technical platforms and learn how to make decisions that best facilitate the task at hand.

We are very excited to be launching the St. Elizabeth Smart Start program for grade 9 students, and we are anxious to get started helping our students to get on the pathway to achieving their dreams.