Through the generous planned gifts of three late alumnae, Ursuline Academy opened the doors to its Jane Gisevius '61 Leadership Center this fall. This leadership center, formerly the Academy’s library, comprises a SmartLab®, collaboration space, robotics lab, and video production studio. The SmartLab® is named in honor of the late Linda Teijelo Smith ’59 and the Robotics Lab for the late Phyllis Bunol Jones ’37.
SmartLabs® are fully integrated STEAM learning environments where everything - from the furniture to the curriculum and assessment work together. The learning approach is based on a four phase cycle: explore, plan, do and share. The curriculum provides personalized learning resources in eight systems of technology: Circuitry, Computer Graphics, Digital Communications, Mechanics and Structures, Robotics and Control Technology, Scientific Data and Analysis, Software Engineering, Sustainability, and Video Production. Curriculum is accessible to kindergarten through twelfth grade so that these teachers can integrate the project-based content into their lesson plans.
Through highly interactive experiences powered by STEM and the arts – and a nurturing community diverse by design – Ursuline Academy develops tomorrow’s brightest independent thinkers, innovators, and community builders.
A special thank you to Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Dr. RaeNell Houston for joining us this week for a special dedication and prayer service of blessing of the center.