The Pirate Collaborative

A PROJECT-BASED OPPORTUNITY SOLVING REAL PROBLEMS WITH REAL SOLUTIONS

Biography

Hi, I'm Matt White, Lead Teacher for a progressive initiative at Alburnett CSD, called the Pirate Collaborative. Our mission within the Pirate Collaborative is to bridge students and local businesses in a mutually beneficial way. Businesses pitch projects around problems they face organizationally, while students take on those projects and together with the business, develop viable solutions.

I'm originally from Worthington, Iowa, growing up on a farm as the youngest of five kids. I received my undergraduate degree in History Education from the University of Northern Iowa with a All Social Studies endorsement. At Alburnett, I've been fortunate enough to work with students spanning grades 6-12. Subjects I've taught include: World Geography, US History to 1877, American Government, Engaged Citizenship, and Ancient Civilizations.

I'm passionate about, and committed to, developing the relationships necessary for challenging the status quo with students and staff. Through our work in the Pirate Collaborative, we're working to harness, practice, and refine the skills required for solving the problems of the future, such as workplace soft skills and mastery of the design process.

Core Tenets of the Pirate Collaborative

These tenets are actions we commit to within the PC:


INNOVATE WITH PURPOSE

We are Innovative problem finders and solvers

PURSUE OPPORTUNITY

Through our work, we are able to recognize opportunities

STEER WITH EMPATHY

Innovation is empathy-driven and guided by listening to customers

DEVELOP REAL SOLUTIONS

Solutions are viable and developed for customers

NETWORK RELENTLESSLY

Action steps mandate leveraging expertise to achieve results


How Students Will Be Assessed

4: Fully Meets (10/10; 100%; A)

3: Progressing (8.5/10; 85%; B)

2: Developing (7.5/10; 75%; C)

1: Limited Progress (6.5/10; 65%; D)

0: No Evidence (5/10; 50%; F)


Proficiency Scale (HS)
Syllabus