NSBA - the National School Boards Association - has published a great article about Destination Imagination in their public advocacy blog:
John Falino, Principal and International Baccalaureate (IB) World Head of School at Dobbs Ferry High School, has featured Destination Imagination on his blog, focusing on how DI fits into today's educational paradigm, which is so dominated by concerns of student assessment, teaching of 21st Century Skills, and concerns of whether students are getting the well rounded education which they deserve.
My interest is on the types of 21st century "survival" skills (T. Wagner) that students develop as a result of participating in DI. These skills include problem solving, collaboration, communication, curiosity/imagination, and self-direction/initiative. There's so much talk these days about the how we measure and assess these "soft" skills and the types of authentic experiences that schools provide for students to develop them. It's not only in-line with what I think is trying to be accomplished with the CCSS, but is also in-line with what I know we value as an IB World School. In fact, DI is a perfect complement to IB.
You see the unique and talented individual your child is, and want to give him or her every opportunity to grow, learn and prosper. The Destination Imagination program not only encourages creativity and self-awareness, but it teaches patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and the collaborative problem solving process.
As a leader in your school district, your budget is tied to the success of your students in and out of the classroom. Destination Imagination programs meet national education standards and have been shown to improve student performance.
The Destination Imagination Challenge Program is an easy and cost-effective way for school administrators to complement the curriculum and teach kids 21st century skills. It provides opportunities for kids to learn how to work together, solve problems effectively and experience the creative process.
The opportunities you give your students impact them on a daily basis and provide them with knowledge and experience that can last a lifetime. Destination Imagination encourages kids to have fun, take risks, work with others and identify each individual’s personal strengths.
Our Challenges are engaging, fun and inclusive. Each child finds their place within the team and is able discover and display his or her unique abilities and talents in ways they may never have imagined.
A Destination Imagination program at your school can be part of your curriculum, can augment your curriculum as an elective, can be a co-curricular activity, or could be a parent / student run club.
Teams in our program improve in creative thinking, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving. Participants experience the creative process, develop new friendships, and learn to work together. The creative process is about 21st century learning where students experience project management, creativity, imagination, collaboration and communication.
Superintendents, Principals, and Teachers around the world are bringing Destination Imagination to their school systems.
Destination Imagination yields great results for participants, who report consistently that DI was one of the most memorable and important parts of their experience. They describe it as fun and exciting – and love the opportunity to compete against teams from around the world.
700 compete in Destination Imagination
By FRANZISKA CASTILLO
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: March 2, 2003)
Just because there was no sweating involved in yesterday's Destination Imagination tournament didn't mean it wasn't as strenuous as any athletic competition.
No one had to pole vault anything, but coming up with a skit about a pig lost in a windstorm, in less than 30 minutes, wasn't exactly a walk in the park, said competitor Jayme Epstein, 13.
"It's like agility for the brain," Epstein said breathlessly as her Dobbs Ferry Middle School team waited to be judged in the "Once Improv A Time" division.
NYDI volunteers met the East Aurora community on Saturday, August 24th at a local shopping plaza.
There were two DI activities available:
- Build a free-standing, weight-bearing tower from cards, toothpicks and marshmallows
- Construct a bridge for a ping-pong or golf ball to cross made from paper, straws and mailing labels.