Cesar Chavez Wins School of the Year Award for Innovation, with Successful Implementation of ProMod

Posted by Communications on 8/11/2016

Chavez won a School of the Year award for Innovation, with its successful implementation of ProMod, which stands for project-based, modular learning. This year, ASU brought the program to Cesar Chavez, Metro Tech and Bioscience. The students worked across disciplines on real world projects, interacting with university faculty and students. Phoenix Union teachers teach the courses in a project-based format and students receive ASU credit upon successful completion of project criteria and enrollment at ASU directly after high school. Students and their families also receive mentoring from ASU students and the ASU Parents program.

ProMod classes were Biology, Sustainability, English/Communications and AVID taught by Rebecca Fanucci, Benjamin Pitts, Marvin Irwin and Yarazet Ocampo.   Alesa Patterson coordinated the program.   Twenty AVID students participated and earned 13 credits towards their freshman year at ASU. Of those, 18 students will attend ASU, over $500,000 in scholarships were earned, and first year grant money totaled $162,000.