October 31, 2022 | Pioneer
October 31, 2022

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The Role of Online Education for Advanced Young Learners

The Role of Online Education for Advanced Young Learners Following the Initial COVID-inspired Innovations

Community, mentoring, enrichment, acceleration, emotional growth, permission to experiment, are all among the advantages of online education as part of an advanced young learner’s total educational experience. Sam Robvogel and Rob Arena, two senior directors of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, reflect on how the increased awareness of online education in the post-COVID...
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A Take Away from the Inaugural Pioneer Summit

A Take Away from the Inaugural Pioneer Summit: Questions Transform Learning

The First Annual Pioneer Academics Co-Curricular Summit was held on September 30 and October 1, 2022, in celebration of Pioneer’s 10th anniversary as a provider of rigorous online research experiences for high school students from around the world. Currently there is no other forum for educators, parents, and students to engage with distinguished academic programs....
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Essence of Research Rigor

The Essence of Research Rigor

“The quality of being unyielding or inflexible.” “A condition that makes life difficult or challenging or uncomfortable.” These are two definitions of “rigor” that Brian Cooper, Pioneer’s Director of Academic Research and Development, sees as far more positive when applied to academic research than they may appear at face value. “What do strictness and exactness...
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The Purpose of the Co curricular Summit Studies on Young Researchers

The Purpose of the Co-curricular Summit & Studies on Young Researchers

“The high school and college years are a period of dramatic growth across all dimensions of the human experience, academically, socially and emotionally,” says Amanda Mitchell, Pioneer’s Associate Director of Community Engagement and Outreach. Pioneer’s goal is to use its cocurricular programs to provide a transformative, deep educational experience for young scholars. Director Matthew Jaskol,...
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How an Emphasis on Excellence Has a Transformative Impact on Students and Society

How an Emphasis on Excellence Has a Transformative Impact on Students and Society

“The natural process for creating diamonds,” says Mark Kantrowitz, Director of the Research Science Institute, “starts with high quality raw materials, and applies pressure and heat.” In just the same way, he says, the intensity of the RSI program and the gathering together of so many excellent students is transformative for the participants, “turning them...
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Access to Extracurricular Activities

Access to Extracurricular Activities

Pioneer is proud to be in partnership with excellent organizations that also have youth access to educational opportunities as a key component of their driving missions. Representatives of three such organizations joined this panel discussion: Leslie Sullivan, senior director of higher education at QuestBridge Francisco Tezén, President and CEO of A Better Chance Gregory Manne,...
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Keynote speech Developing Great Questioners

Developing Great Questioners: A New Dimension for Teaching & Parenting

What is your “beautiful question”? What is a “beautiful” question? These questions are the conclusion, and the point, of this discussion of the importance of questions by Warren Berger, who coined the term “questionologist” to describe his unique work. “The world has some pretty significant challenges ahead of us,” he began. “We’re going to need...
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Research with High School Students Multidisciplinary Professor Panel

Research with High School Students: Multidisciplinary Professor Panel

To kick of this multidisciplinary professor panel, Pioneer founder and program director Matthew Jaskol introduced Pioneer founding advisors, Rit Fuller and Tim Elgren, who spoke about their experience as early adopters of the Pioneer Research Program. Mr. Fuller offered a historical perspective, sharing that “Pioneer made a commitment to doing the right thing first, from...
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The Art of a Research Question

The Art of a Research Question

An integral part of the research process is the phase that comes after the researcher has started, but before a researcher actually knows what it is they are researching. This is the focus of Dr. Mulaney’s talk: teaching students how to navigate the uncertainty of what he considers a crucial moment in the cycle of...
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Transformative Education

Transformative Education

To open the session, Michael Parkin, professor of politics and dean of the college of arts and sciences at Oberlin College & Conservatory, presented the following core question: What is the value of conducting rigorous research as a high school student? He then extended this question further, posing: Why would a young person decide to...
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