What is E-Discovery?
E-Discovery is a curriculum-based initiative designed to teach entrepreneurial skills and business development in the classroom. Teachers are trained to use the curriculum alongside the content areas they teach. After completing the one-day training, teachers are able to use the curriculum in the classroom the next day. The teacher serves as a coach or mentor as the students take charge in this self-directed learning style. Once trained, the teachers can use the curriculum in the classroom each year making this initiative sustainable.
Teaching students entrepreneurial skills can help them take ownership of their future and has the potential to boost the economy of communities. Entrepreneurial instruction engages students and puts them in charge of their learning. As students work through the nine sessions of the curriculum, they develop products or services to sell at a school or community event. Working in teams, students develop for-profit and non-profit businesses.
This initiative was designed to address the shifting nature of economic development in Appalachia’s distressed counties with a focus on youth.
E-Discovery Challenge is curriculum that has nine sessions; each session builds on the previous session so when completed students have developed a product or service business. E-Discovery Challenge was developed for middle school students to be used in the classroom. The curriculum has been modified for students as young as kindergarten.
E-Di$covery Challenge$ You! is curriculum which is eight sessions and was developed for use in the classroom alongside any content area for high school students.
E-Di$covery Challenge$ You! was successfully taught at the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) a week-long summer program for high school students at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky. Students worked in teams and developed products and services. Each team presented their businesses before a panel of judges and the four member winning team won scholarships to Eastern Kentucky University valued at $28,000 over four years.