Special thanks to Abbey Alessi and Barbara Lippke from Seattle Public Schools — the first scholarship recipients of our joint Project Based Learning scholarship initiative with the PMI Education Foundation. The two added much to the Cadence course and walked away with a rich project plan, ready to move forward on their model school initiative. We’ll keep up with their project and post back here as we learn more about their progress.

From the Press Release:

Cadence Management Corporation has made a $100,000 (US) contribution to PMI Educational Foundation to support project management education programs for primary and secondary school teachers and administrators. This contribution will make it possible for educators to attend project management training courses that will provide them with new capabilities to enhance their classroom instruction and on-the-job management skills.

“The primary purpose of the PMI Educational Foundation is to promote economic, educational, cultural and social advancement through project management by making it more readily available to those who want to learn about the profession and the practice of project management,” said Greg Balestrero, chief operating officer of PMI Educational Foundation and chief executive officer of the Project Management Institute (PMI). “It’s through the generosity of Cadence and other donors that we are able to provide opportunities for those who otherwise may not be able to take advantage of project management educational opportunities.”

“In order for educators to successfully adopt project learning teaching methods in the classroom, it is necessary for them to have a working knowledge of project management themselves,” said John R. Patton, chief executive officer of Cadence Management Corporation. “By providing project management training to teachers and administrators, they will not only help students succeed but they also will learn a valuable skill set to help them in their own lives and careers.”

Project learning teaching methods utilize teams of students working together to create a solution for real-world problems. Through this approach, students are able to gain a more complete understanding of the subject matter while developing essential 21st Century applied skills such as collaboration, communications and leadership.

In addition to supporting PMI Educational Foundation through its contribution, Cadence Management Corporation supports the project management profession by participating as a sponsor of events such as PMI Global Congresses which are held four times a year in different locations around the world.