Research Overview 2011

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Research Overview 2011 
We need a narrator to read a script intended for a video overview (documentary film style summary) of a research project that is underway at the University of Washington.

Feel free to make minor changes to the dialog if it sounds more natural and conversational to you.. and no need to edit out your "umms" and "ahs" etc.. We are more than happy to edit.. we just need your voice. Ideally we are interested in a fast turnaround of the audio. Thanks! 
2011-07-29 17:22:50 GMT
2011-08-02 14:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Fixed - USD 300
1 page (5 minutes)
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Female OR Middle Age Male OR Senior Female OR Senior Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
The Voice Actor should have at least 10 years of experience in the voice industry.
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

Feel free to make minor changes to the dialog if it sounds more natural and conversational to you.. and no need to edit out your "umms" and "ahs" etc..  
The Knowledge in Action group at the University of Washington, in collaboration with foundations and schools, is developing and testing a rigorous, project-based-learning approach to upper-level courses in high school.

This approach involves student investigations and simulations that result in authentic products like those found in labs, legislatures, and other real-world settings. Teachers engage students in collaborative problem solving, argumentation, and deep exploration of the concepts and principles of a discipline. Their goal for student learning is meaningful understanding rather than only rote memorization, deep learning rather than simple recollection, and knowledge that is adaptive rather than inert.

Starting in 2008 at Washington's Bellevue School District, the Knowledge in Action project has expanded to Seattle Public Schools, Envision Schools, a public charter school network in the Bay Area, and a public school in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Knowledge In Action project is currently focusing on two Advanced Placement or AP courses: AP U.S. Government & Politics and AP Environmental Science. AP courses are often recognized as a "gold standard" of the American high school curriculum. In AP courses, student learning is measured by an external, standardized test developed by the College Board.

Enrollment in AP courses is skyrocketing across the country. Some superintendents are even requiring that all students take one or more AP courses. Despite its popularity, many people are concerned that these courses overemphasize the memorization of facts rather than more rigorous learning that is deep and transferable.

Together, these factors make AP an ideal starting point for high-impact innovation in education today. Knowledge in Action project's main objective is not only to achieve equity of access, but also equity of outcomes.

The Knowledge in Action project has four goals:

1. Same or higher scores on the AP test

2. Greater student engagement and success for a broader array of students

3. Higher scores on a test of conceptual and adaptive knowledge

4. A course architecture that is scalable by design

Developed collaboratively with teachers and curriculum directors, and revised based on the students' experiences, the course structures support these goals by featuring projects as the spine of the course. Teachers encourage students in sustained inquiries across a series of demanding projects, each carefully structured around complex, authentic challenges that are relevant to students' lives.

When designing both courses, the research team implemented a learning cycles approach so that students revisit key questions, ideas, and problems from one challenge to the other. Repeatedly applying their knowledge to new problems and in discussion with others is a key factor in deepening students' evolving understanding of the course topics as they progress through the projects."

To measure progress towards the projects' goals, the research team developed the Knowledge in Action deep learning assessment for each course. These tests use real-world problems to measure how well students are able to apply knowledge gained throughout this course to novel scenarios in which they must formulate a plan for well informed action on a current, controversial issue.

Students in the project-based courses are performing as well or better than students in the traditional courses on both the AP and Knowledge in Action tests. As we expected, moving the rigorous courses to poverty-impacted urban schools, we encountered an increase in literacy challenges.

For these reasons, the Knowledge in Action group is expanding its efforts to ensure that all students have opportunities to succeed. This includes working with teachers and others to develop innovative, in-course supports to give learners greater assistance in reading, writing, and working collaboratively to tackle complex problems with peers.

By providing every student with a strong support structure for learning, this innovative approach will make a pathway to success in a challenging and engaging curriculum available to all. 
Please note that you should only use the script or your recording of it for auditioning purposes. The script is property, unless otherwise specified, of the voice seeker and it is protected by international copyright laws.

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