Looking for extra academic experience?
The Promise Tomorrow Initiative (PTI) just might be the thing for you. This is project–based learning at its best. Students will work in teams on projects that envision creative solutions to transition to a better world. Their projects will take multi-disciplinary approaches to innovate technologies, designs, or plans that forge connections in their communities to create positive change. Student collaborative groups will work across grades, meet weekly, and be supported by a volunteer and supervised by the coordinator.
Important dates, 2021-22:
- Program registration: Jan. 3 – 19
- Work sessions: Feb. 1 – March 10
- Symposium registration: March 2
- Symposium: March 10
- Program registration: March 28 – April 14
- Work sessions: April 25 – June 2
- Symposium registration: May 25
- Symposium: June 2
How do I enroll?
Click during the registrations dates to enroll with Promise Tomorrow online. Feel free to contact your Promise Tomorrow coordinator for more information.
Do I have to participate both quarters?
No, you may opt in/out each quarter, but once in a group, please stick it out – your team needs you.
What are the topics?
The larger topics are State & Natural Resources and State & Local Community, you will have quite a bit of freedom in narrowing your topic.
Quarter 3 Challenge Topic: State & Natural Resources
- Farming Practices
- Handling of Garbage
- City Planning for Growth
- Resident Orcas and Food Supply
- Biodiversity Impact on Food Supply
- Sustainable Energy Production
- Protecting Drinking Water
- Hydroelectric Power and Dams
- Urban Development, Natural Habitats and Wildlife
- Invasive Species
- Impact of Sports on Natural Habitat
Quarter Challenge Topic: State and Local Culture and Community
- Affordable Housing and Homelessness
- Access to Public Transportation
- Poverty and Healthcare
- Equity and Diversity
- International Relations
- Social Programs
- Native Culture and Lands
- Impact of COVID on Mental Health
- Learning through the arts
- Aging adults
- Politics and Government
- Social Media Marketing
Work together to design solutions to create a better world.
Students work on quarterly projects that envision creative solutions to transition to a better world. They research complex topics and innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. Student teams choose a topic within the challenge subject, then narrow your ideas about this topic into an even more focused research question. Students use one of four lenses (technology, design, behavior, or multi-approach) to solve the problem in a unique way.
Expectations and Goals
The overall goal is to create a unique and actionable solution to a problem to create a better tomorrow. In this experience, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination. Students receive feedback and present their project at a quarterly symposium.
Students will work in groups of 2-5 students and will be assigned a volunteer mentor. The Promise Tomorrow coordinator will maintain organization and oversight for the school’s teams. Students can opt in or out each quarter, but once committed to a quarter, students should continue until the quarter ends. Groups of students may vary by grade and school.
- The Promise Tomorrow coordinator will set up weekly meetings for the groups, as determined by need. Each group will be assigned a volunteer advisor to guide the group through the inquiry process.
- Student Groups meet weekly for whole group check-in with the coordinator and then go to breakout groups with a volunteer mentor to work on the project.
Description of Product
Projects will include a presentation like a TedTalk and will need to include a slide deck or other physical presentation and suggest actionable steps toward a solution. Students will provide a thorough description of their topic, problem, and solution. Presentations are to be no more than ten minutes long.
- Get to know your team. Teams can be mixed-grade groups of 2-5 students.
- Choose a topic from within the quarter’s challenge.
- Research and develop inquiry topic.
- Set your ideas in motion. Begin to prepare presentations—no more than 10 min in length.
- Present your quarterly project to your peers—evaluate and give each other feedback.
- Register for a quarterly
- Present at Quarterly symposium.
Evaluation Projects: Students will receive feedback rubrics during inquiry cycle. Symposium projects will be evaluated by guest panelists and feedback will be provided after the symposium.
Some materials adapted from WSU Imagine Tomorrow Program.