July 6, 2015
Doylestown, PA – Tabor Children’s House has been awarded $70,000 by the First Nonprofit Foundation to launch a high innovation model that will teach young children hands on learning experiences embedded within design thinking, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) and emotional skill building. All child learning will be experiential (versus segmented by subject) and will foster our next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.
Tabor Innovation Academy of Langhorne is being established on a 300 acre campus, owned by Woods Services in Langhorne, PA with significant green space for maker labs which are environments for creation and prototyping of new ideas, along with indoor and outdoor classrooms to facilitate design thinking based learning that allows early learners to participate in all phases of the innovation cycle – that is, in each classroom there will be age-appropriate materials and space to generate ideas, document them, create products and prototypes, a space for feedback and group discussions as well as areas for individual reflection and recovery. Elements of this new model will also be introduced into Tabor Children’s House (based in Doylestown, PA) and in some of Tabor’s child welfare programs in Southeastern PA.
Dr. Linda Toche-Manley, Chief Innovation Officer of Tabor and author of the underlying innovation model, said “this award provides the needed resources to expand our program capacity and to begin to address the unique risks that impact educational success especially in children at risk. Children participating in this new program model will be participating in a new vision of what is possible for children and later for their communities when they are taught “how to think” versus “what to think.” Our hope is that this program will allow children and parents to build a newfound respect for learning and for the world of science, and to develop the emotional as well as cognitive skills to innovate.”
Tabor is looking for donors, investors and other strategic partners. Please contact Dr. Linda Toche-Manley at 215-620-6630 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested parties can find out more also via www.taboreducation.org as well as via Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/linda-toche-manley-ph-d/4/988/9b6.
Tabor Innovation Academy of Langhorne is opening on July 13, 2015 and is accepting enrollments now. Please contact Mary.Carpenter@tabor.org for more information about enrollment.
About Tabor Children’s House/Tabor Innovation Academy:
The organizational mission of Tabor Children’s House (Doylestown, PA) and Tabor Innovation Academy (Langhorne, PA) is to provide excellent early education to children, infant to age 6 as well as effective afterschool and enhancement summer camps for ages 3 to 15. The Tabor Innovation Academy, is designed to provide children with the hands on learning experiences embedded within design thinking, STEAM and emotional skill building based on state of the art behavioral science to foster our next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Tabor Children’s House and Tabor Innovation Academy are programs operated under the auspices of Tabor Services, Inc which is a subsidiary of Woods. Visit www.taboreduction.org to learn more.