Friday, April 15, 2016

PMIEF Partners with Destination Imagination to Spread Project Management Tools to Youth


Destination Imagination’s (DI) global programming engages young people in open-ended, academic competitions called Challenges that allow them to acquire, strengthen, and apply 21st century skills in seven focus areas: fine arts, improvisational, scientific, service learning, structural and technical (in addition to a non-competitive early learning Challenge).  The “PMIEF-DI Initiative for PM-Rich Student Competitions” integrates project management into DI’s competition curricula so that students, teachers and DI volunteers acquire and strengthen project management skills that can be applied to these Challenges as well as to educational, occupational and personal pursuits.

Specifically, PMIEF’s grant funded the organization to revise its Roadmap, DI’s teacher training guide, to include project management in it prior to its dissemination at the start of the 2015-16 school year. Roadmap helps students and teachers understand the project management terminology initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close by using the youth-friendly terms “define, plan, do and review.” Doing so not only strengthens teaching and learning worldwide by introducing project management to audiences unfamiliar with it, but also aligns with the foundation’s strategic goal of preparing PM Knowledgeable Youth.

The grant from PMIEF is putting project management tools in the hands of every team that takes on a Destination Imagination Challenge—tools like budgeting and fiscal accountability, creating a charter, and learning how to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control and close a project. Teams also learn risk-taking, collaboration and team-building—all attributes that contribute to successful projects.

“By going through our system of learning, it’s like they gain expert intuition. When they are faced with a problem, challenge or opportunity, they immediately know what to do,” says Dr. Chuck Cadle, PMP, CEO of Destination Imagination, about the youth who participate in its Challenges.

Chuck’s favorite story of learning-in-action is that of a Little Rock, Arkansas, USA middle school team that participated in one of DI’s social entrepreneurship Challenges. The team sought a strategy to deliver water and medical supplies to a Nigerian community that its research had revealed lacked clean drinking water.  The group ultimately decided to raise funds to build a water well in the African country, a daunting task given that the students themselves lived in an economically less advantaged community. Determined not to allow circumstances to stand in their way, the team devised a plan to collect and to sell extra pairs of shoes. Through tireless dedication and hard work, the students collected 4,000 pairs of shoes and raised enough money for the Nigerian community’s well that today bears the name of the Arkansas school in honor of the youth who made it possible.

“You can see these projects are changing kids’ lives by giving them team-building and self-confidence skills to be creative and pursue a novel idea, even if they have to step out of their comfort zone to do it,” says Chuck.

In addition to providing youth, and their mentors across the globe, with access to project management tools, DI is a partner in PMIEF’s Project Learning Network (PLN). Chuck has enjoyed collaborating with PMIEF, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and other PLN member-organizations to develop and introduce materials that project managers can use to share the value of project management with educators and administrators in local school systems.

“If you go into any K-12 school in the U.S. today and ask if they teach project management, close to 100 percent will say no. They teach science, technology, engineering and math but they don’t bring it together in a project or as project management. At DI, we are passionate about making sure kids are connected to opportunities that are going to be shaping the future workforce, and project management is one of those opportunities,” says Chuck. “And that’s why our partnership with PMIEF is so important.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Disbursement of ARDI Support Funding

Friday, March 25, 2016
To all ARDI Team Managers with teams advancing to Global Finals 2016
Copy to ARDI BOD and Coordinators
Each ARDI 1st Place team advancing to Global Finals 2016 will receive a $1000 credit to their online registration account.
Wildcard teams do not receive ARDI funding.
These funds are provided by Arkansas Destination Imagination, Inc. and are applied conditionally.
This may sound like an easy exercise in transferring funds but it is not.
We have to operate under the bookkeeping rules of DIHQ.
The funds cannot be applied to individual teams at different times.
The funds must be applied to the 16 receiving teams all at once.
The funds cannot be applied as down payment or as an over payment. Therefore, the funds must be applied after all teams have started their online registration and made their $1500 down payment AND before their total payment is made.
It has been my plan to make all of this come together on Friday, April 1, 2016. I am depending on each of you to be exactly in place at that time. If even one of the receiving teams is not ready, the entire operation is halted.
If you are a receiving team and have moved past the group and made your Total Payment, this will cause a disbursement problem for the ARDI funding. I will have to make special arrangements with DIHQ to resolve. Therefore, if you are a receiving team, please allow time for the process to work before you determine your final bill.
Here is the list of teams receiving ARDI funding:
103-69412 EL A Carver Magnet
103-71169 EL B Springhill Elem
103-74311 ML B Dunbar Magnet
103-03701 SL B Arkansas High School
103-35447 EL C Salem Elem
103-64271 ML C Bethel Middle
103-92991 SL C Greenbrier
103-40529 EL D Pine Forest
103-69120 ML D Pulaski Heights
103-75189 SL D Arkansas High School
103-42581 EL E Maumelle Charter
103-12787 ML E Greenbrier Jr. High
103-12722 SL E Greenbrier High School
103-96274 EL PO Bryant Elem
103-69642 ML PO Mann Magnet
103-89313 SL PO Genoa High School
Regards,
Mike Mitchell, Director
Arkansas Destination Imagination
105 Midland St.
Bismarck, AR 71929
501-520-7337
Mironhorse@gmail.com

ARDI Global Finals Team Manager Deadlines and Warnings

Thursday, March 24, 2016
To all ARDI Team Managers with teams advancing to Global Finals 2016
Copy to ARDI BOD and Coordinators

Spring Break and Easter will be over soon. Please prepare and be diligent in meeting deadlines.
Some of you have moved ahead and are virtually finished with your online registration and your total payment. Some of you will hopefully get started this Monday.
DEADLINES:
By Thursday, March 31, 2016 you must have started your online team registration and sent in your $1500 down payment.
The ARDI shirts order for you, your team members and your supporters is due by 6 PM, Friday, April 29, 2016. Everyone in Arkansas DI is to wear the black shirt on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (Opening Ceremony) and wear the white shirt on Saturday, May 28, 2016 (Closing Ceremony). Get your order forms on the ARDI website under ARDI Forms. Orders will be delivered and payment received at the Winners Workshop on May 14, 2016. Checks and cash are acceptable. Make checks out to ARDI.
The ARDI pins order for you, your team members and your supporters is due by 6 PM, Friday, May 6, 2016. Get your order forms on the ARDI website under ARDI Forms. Orders will be delivered and payment received at the Winners Workshop on May 14, 2016. Checks and cash are acceptable. Make checks out to ARDI. Pin trading at Global Finals is a BIG deal. The ARDI 2016 pin set meets all licensing and manufacturing agreements for IP, Copyright and Trademarks. It is our recommendation that you do not manufacture or bring illegal pins to Global Finals. You will be required to confirm by signature during physical registration that you have been warned against this practice. This is your warning: Don't do it.

You can make online changes and payments to your team registration until the end of day on Friday, May 6, 2016. So, the goal is to have ALL ARDI Global Team Registrations and ALL Payments in by this date. After that, you will lose online access to your team registration and your team will be subject to additional fees.
Winners Workshop is a required meeting for all ARDI Team Managers with teams going to Global Finals.
The meeting specifics are:
Location - Carver Magnet Elementary School
Address - 2100 E 6th ST, Little Rock, AR 72202
Time / Date - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Saturday, May 14, 2016
PLEASE READ YOUR 2016 GLOBAL FINALS GUIDE AND SHARE THE HANDOUT VERSION WITH YOUR PARENTS AND SUPPORTERS. You can also access the Global Finals Guide at: http://www.globalfinals.org/globals-guide-and-forms/
WARNING: DO NOT LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR DI TEAM. There are many distractions in east Tennessee. You will find that you can better manage your team and they will have a better experience if everyone understands up front that you are the Boss.
WARNING: DO NOT FORGET HOUSING FOR YOUR TRANSPORTATION DRIVERS.
The pace will quicken.
Regards,
Mike Mitchell, Director
Arkansas Destination Imagination
105 Midland St.
Bismarck, AR 71929
501-520-7337
Mironhorse@gmail.com

Friday, May 22, 2015

Arkansas Educators at Destination Imagination Global Finals 2015

Destination Imagination Global Finals 2015
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Friday, May 22, 2015

Scott Spainhour, Superintendent, Greenbrier Schools
Click link: DITV Scott Spainhour

Dr. Mary Benjamin, Vice Chancellor, Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
Click link: DITV Mary Benjamin

Thank you, Superintendent Spainhour and Vice Chancellor Benjamin, for being part of our DI family.