The FIRST Ignite Show With Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Enjoy this conversation about Project Based Learning (PBL) and a "project with an environmental purpose" for students to replicate. Also discussed, the importance of Career Readiness of students and why the Mayor believes in the importance of a strong hand shake!

Related Info

We appreciate Mayor Reed's encouragement and support of this first show  produced with our Georgia Public Broadcasting team. Teachers saw it and encouraged a live audience and classroom demonstrations. This led to the next show with Governor Deal before a live audience and some classroom examples featuring Barrow County Schools.

Ignite Curriculum Guide

This project assumes students do care about what the landscapes in their community look like — and how land is developed for the beauty and safety of everyone in their local community. It is based upon the “Flagship Project” for Message to the Future Foundation ( that involved 32 High School students in Columbus, GA from three classrooms. We have documented it all here for easy reference by teachers and students alike who choose to replicate it as an end of year “capstone” or community service project.

Project Based Learning

An 11-minute conversation with Mayor Reed as introduction to PBL including an Edutopia video and sharing of a student project Anne facilitated with a group of 32 high School students from three classes in Columbus, GA for Message to the Future Foundation.

Nationally Recognized PBL Experts

BIE National Faculty member Suzie Boss says of this Ignite Curriculum Guide resource "this M2tf project is a very helpful tool, providing teachers with a close-up look at a project that can align to CCSS and other standards while making strong community connections. I find it especially helpful for teachers wanting a "starter project" to get more familiar with PBL.” Ms. Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. She is the author of four books in the education field, including Bringing Innovation to School and Reinventing Project-Based Learning. She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.