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The W.I.N.G.S. Satellite Initiative is a new Catholic schools model introduced in February 2011 to three rural southwest Michigan school communities - St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Joseph. It currently unites St. Catherine and St. Joseph as Divine Providence Academy.
W.I.N.G.S. is an acronym for World Knowledge; Individualized, Innovative Education; Nurturing, Family Environment; God-centered; and Supportive Technology. W.I.N.G.S. Satellite sites are small schools that have been virtually consolidated under one administration with many shared services. They feature one-to-one computing and blended learning in classrooms of students of multiple grade levels. Students in these classrooms work with their teacher through an individualized workshop model that allows students to advance through much of the core content at a personalized pace.
This model has been discussed at the 2012 Catholic Higher Education Collaborative Conference in Milwaukee, WI (pages 27-30 of this article), featured in NCEA's Momentum magazine Nov/Dec 2012 article (PDF | Flipbook), and presented at the NCEA Conference in April 2013 (PDF)
W.I.N.G.S. Divine Providence Academy (Website)