Boca Raton, (June 12, 2017) – The Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) platform, recently announced a campaign to honor educators across the country. More than 100 student-athletes featured in the “Big 12 Champions for Life” campaign were given the opportunity to recognize a teacher (grades K-12) who made a lasting impact during their academic journey. Mrs. Nancy Boyle of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton was selected as a recipient. She will receive a $1,000 grant to be applied toward a classroom project and teaching supplies.
Mrs. Boyle was nominated by Vionise Pierre-Louis, who is one of the Big 12 student-athletes featured in its “Champions for Life” campaign. Through this campaign, the Big 12 features the stories of student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the field, and have benefitted from receiving an athletic scholarship. In her nomination, Pierre-Louis stated: “Mrs. Boyle pushed me beyond my capacity on every single paper. She always made me write and write and re-write until I got something right. She made me read extra books to enhance my vocabulary/knowledge! Beyond that, she pushed me to be a better sister and daughter.”
The partnership between the two organizations underscores the critical link teachers play in the education system and in the lives of student-athletes. EYFT, the primary platform of the CFP Foundation, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers. “Big 12 Champions for Life” showcases the success stories of student-athletes and how athletic scholarships have positively changed their lives.
“One of our goals with this initiative is to tell the often-overlooked stories of our student-athletes,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “A huge part of these stories are the teachers and coaches who have helped our student-athletes grow as individuals and have left a lasting, positive impact.”
“We are proud to recognize these teachers who have made a difference in the lives of their students,” said CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock. “We hope these grants will provide resources these teachers need to continue their outstanding educational success, while acknowledging the importance of quality teachers in our country.”
Original press release HERE.
About the Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 10 Universities - Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12 is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics conference that encompasses five states with over 38 million people within its geographic footprint. In its 21st year, the Conference has produced over 600 Academic All-America selections and claimed national championship team titles in 17 of its 23 sponsored sports. Its student-athletes and teams have combined for 630 individual NCAA titles and 56 team national championships.
Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually under the Big 12 banner. For more information, visit Big12Sports.com and follow the Conference on Facebook (Facebook.com/Big12) and Twitter (@Big12Conference).
About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff and supports education and teachers across the country. The CFP Foundation creates multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. The Foundation’s primary philanthropic initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT), elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers through the development and implementation of programs in three key focus areas: direct provision of resources, teacher recognition, and professional development training. For more information, visit www.cfp-foundation.org and follow the Extra Yard for Teachers platform on Facebook (Facebook.com/CFPExtraYard), Twitter (@CFPExtraYard) and Instagram (@CFPExtraYard).
Flexible class schedule allows top local golfers to learn and train on their own terms
Boca Raton, (May 16, 2017) – Grandview Preparatory School is expanding its passion-based and personalized approach to education once again by establishing a partnership with Boca Raton’s Don Law Golf Academy. Grandview’s flexible schedule allowing for early release, plus its engaging campus community and emphasis on personalized education allows the school to accommodate a well-rounded academic experience while providing student-athletes the training time needed at Don Law’s full time golf program.
In fall 2017, Grandview will offer Don Law athletes a custom academic schedule between the hours of 8:00am-12:30pm. Students will have the option to supplement with an online course if needed.
"Grandview is very supportive of our student-athletes. Our personalized approach to education is a great fit with Don Law Golf Academy’s program and their commitment to opening doors for student-athletes at the collegiate level," said Grandview Preparatory School’s Head of School, Jacqueline Westerfield. "We are thrilled to partner with DLGA in the fall as Grandview enters its 20th year of operation serving the community as a college preparatory school."
“We are looking forward to partnering with Grandview and providing our full time golfers the opportunity to balance their training schedule with such a reputable private school education,” added Diana Law, Owner/Partner at Don Law Golf Academy. “We want to ensure our students are successful on and off the golf course.”
About Don Law Golf Academy
The Don Law Golf Academy offers comprehensive golf development and training programs for everyone. Our programs include specialized classes for kids age 3-5 (our “Future Stars”), after school classes and camps, advanced and elite customized training, mental game coaching, physical conditioning, college placement mentoring, private lessons, and a variety of private and group options for adults. Our passion and our specialty is junior golf development, and our full time junior academy attracts juniors from all over the world to train at the highest level and achieve peak performance in golf, academics, and life. Our programs allow golf athletes to build strong technical skills, great physical endurance and winning mental abilities.
Flexible class schedule allows top local tennis athletes to learn and train on their own terms
Boca Raton, (April 28, 2017) – Grandview Preparatory School is expanding its passion-based and personalized approach to education by cementing an exclusive partnership with Boca Raton’s Rick Macci Tennis Academy (RMTA). RMTA will be promoting Grandview as their exclusive brick and mortar educational offering. We will continue to offer our excellent academics and flexible scheduling opportunities to all mission specific students.
Grandview’s flexible schedule, engaging campus community and emphasis on personalized education allows the school to accommodate a well-rounded academic experience while providing student-athletes the time needed to develop into top tier athletes at one of the premier tennis academies in the world.
Beginning in fall 2017, students will work directly with Grandview advisors to tailor their core-curriculum schedule around their training schedule. Tennis academy founder Rick Macci has the distinction of having trained and worked with five players that have reached #1 in the tennis world on the Men’s and Women’s Tours. These include: Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati. Macci’s hands-on approach and overall unique ability to analyze and correct technical, strategic, and mental deficiencies has resulted in over 124 USTA National Championships since 1985, and all four Junior Grand Slams.
"Grandview’s passion-based and personalized approach to education is a perfect complement to Macci Tennis Academy’s high performance training and personal attention to students," said Grandview Preparatory School’s Head of School, Jacqueline Westerfield. "We are thrilled that Rick Macci Tennis Academy is partnering with Grandview and are looking forward to welcoming such passionate and committed students to our community in the fall."
“We are very happy to partner with Grandview to develop top, well-rounded tennis players here in South Florida,” added Bryon Gill, Director of Rick Macci Tennis Academy. “Our student-athletes will receive a quality private school education while training full time at the academy.”
About Grandview Preparatory School
Grandview Preparatory School, entering its 20th year, is an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997. Student enrollment is offered for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values. In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community.
About Rick Macci Tennis Academy
The Rick Macci Tennis Academy is considered one of the premier tennis learning environments in the world. Founder, Rick Macci, personally teaches private lessons daily to students of all levels and ages. RMTA will personally explain the developmental game plan for your child and evaluate where they are genetically, technically, strategically, and mentally, through private lessons. RMTA will set the “blueprint and foundation” and personally deliver it better than anyone, no matter what the student’s age or level. RMTA never enrolls more than 50 students at a time.
An algae biofuel run engine, a state of the art music studio, two beach volleyball courts, and an equal rights club for gender marginalized individuals…what do they all have in common? They are the “Passion Projects” for the new Innovation Program at Grandview Preparatory School.
Launched in January as a pilot program, the 2015-2016 academic year marks the official start of the Innovation Program, which is an anomaly in South Florida and allows students to learn academics while applying knowledge and skills to bigger world. The objective of the program is to allow students to enroll in a blended-learning flex model, where they can complete high level collegiate curriculum, experience in-depth project based initiatives, and produce visible demonstrations of learning. The Innovation Program’s course of study is customized based on the skills and interests of the individual student, but is also aligned with the Grandview Preparatory School curriculum, state and national standards.
Samuel Berey, Director of Program Innovation at Grandview Preparatory School, leads the program, which is now available to students beginning in first grade. Depending on grade level, students can apply to participate in various tracks: Discovery Class (grades 1-2), Junior Innovation (grades 3-6), Middle School Innovation (grades 6-8) and the traditional Innovation Program (high school). Last year’s Passion Project involved the design and construction of an on-campus greenhouse, which is now filled with Florida-native plants and endangered butterflies, and used by the school’s environmental club and science classes as an outdoor classroom for study and research.
This year’s Passion Projects for the high school level include the following:
- Group 1 will stress algal cells to produce oil to be used to power an engine in a sustainable manner. The group’s intent is to reduce the cost of fuel and to show that algal biofuels can be a reliable source for powering the world in future. Two of the students possess experience working with engines and one, who headed up the greenhouse project last year, spent the summer studying algae and the lipids they produce.
- Group 2 will design and build a state-of-the-art music studio to support Grandview’s music program, introduce opportunities for higher-end audio and video recording, and potentially launch new music and TV-themed classes and clubs on campus. Their business plan includes technology, fundraising, room layout and marketing/communications.
- Group 3’s project includes building two on-campus Beach Volleyball Courts, creating a Grandview Beach Volleyball team to compete against other Florida High Schools, and develop a strategy to rent out the complex to local teams, clubs and organizations. The five team-members, all of whom are student-athletes at the school, see their Passion Project as an opportunity to be the first school in Palm Beach County with a beach volleyball court on campus.
- Group 4 is launching a school club focused on Equal Rights for Genders and Marginalized Groups (women’s rights, LGBT-plus, racial minorities and more). The group hopes their club, which will start with awareness within the GPS community and expand to include fundraisers, a blog/newsletter, color run, merchandising, and volunteer opportunities, will ultimately be a model for other schools to follow.
Each group will be required to develop a business plan, present their ideas to Grandview administration and Board, fundraise as needed, procure involvement from the student body, and ultimately complete their projects before the end of the academic year.
Beyond the Passion Project, the Innovation Institute features the following curriculum:
- Students drop traditional core classes in favor of blended-learning university-level courses (BLU Courses) via Coursera and edX.
- The blended-learning flex model, using a digital, hands-on Grandview curriculum, is an efficient pedagogical approach that allows GPS to meet the individual needs of each student.
- Instruction using this model is delivered through a lead educator using digital curriculum that is web-based (online) in a face-to-face setting.
The Middle School Innovation group chose hydroponic grow systems in the classroom for their Passion Project; Junior Innovation group is focusing their Passion Project on cross-pollination to create hybrid plants; and the Discovery class is creating projects about outer-space and pre-historic animals.