Future Problem Solving of Virginia
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Again the year, Future Problem Solving of Virginia is offering an early bird special. If teams are registered before October 1, you will avoid price increases that will kick in after the special's deadline. Register
Fall training workshop scheduled for September
Whether you are a new coach or one with many years of experience, this year Future Problem Solving of Virginia will offer a choice between two training strands. The basic workshop provides training in the six-step FPS process and how it is applied in the competitive components - Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS), Community Problem Solving (CmPS), Scenario Writing and our newest component, Scenario Performance. Experienced coaches will learn strategies to improve their teams’ understanding of the process and how to apply this knowledge competitively.
2017 training workshop
The evaluator training strand will provide novice and experienced coaches instruction in the authentic scoring procedures used to provide feedback to the Global Issues Problem Solving teams and individuals. An understanding of this process allows coaches to provide teams with accurate information for improving their use of the FPS process.
Practice Problem 1 topic – Mission to Moon, Mars, and Beyond
A spacecraft in orbit? A biosphere on extraterrestrial ground? Private and governmental organizations are already planning missions to set up research stations or even colonies on the Moon and Mars. Many see opportunities to learn more about our solar system, leading to a better understanding of Earth and ourselves; others question whether such missions are even feasible. One private agency is already seeking volunteers for a Mars mission. Space ventures provide an impetus for advancing knowledge and technologies with applications in space, as well as on Earth. Entrepreneurial and scientific opportunities abound to explore, to mine, and to engineer under distinct conditions. Pioneers will need to plan for a sustainable long-term stay, which will require vast investments of people, money, and other resources.
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2018-19 marks the 45th anniversary of the FPS program.
April Dennis new FPSPI Executive Director
On July 27, the Board of Trustees of Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) appointed April Dennis as the program's new Executive Director. Ms. Dennis began her work with FPSPI in 2012 as Program Director and has served as interim Executive Director since January. Ms. Dennis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and a Master's Degree in Gifted Education from the University of South Florida. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and an Assessor for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, an Exemplar School Evaluator with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), a Brevard (Florida) District Facilitator for Gifted Endorsement courses, and a member of Rotary International. In addition, Ms. Dennis is the Chair-elect of the Creativity Network for the National Association for Gifted Children. Prior to joining the staff of FPSPI, she was a public school educator where, among other things, she coached youth of all ages in Future Problem Solving. You may contact April at 321-768-0074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I am honored and excited to continue my work with FPSPI in this new leadership role. The FPSPI mission aligns with my professional and personal passion of empowering young people to tackle problems of today, tomorrow, and the future."