Green offers high-tech plan
A greater emphasis on STEM education and student access to digital technology are top goals for the county schools, district leaders said Thursday.
In the next four years, the district will build on the success of science, technology, engineering and math education from elementary to high schools and academies to help students find good jobs in the new economy, Superintendent Mo Green told a gathering during a State of the Schools event in Greensboro.
Schools emphasizing STEM have produced some of the highest performing students and highest graduation rates in the district.
The schools have wide support in the business community. The STEM Early College at North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University reached a $1 million fundraising goal.
The 2016 Strategic Plan emphasizes personal learning. The district plans to expand its technology initiative to provide educational tablet devices to all district students as funding becomes available. The district will start the project with a $30 million federal grant aimed at middle schools.
“The only way to truly serve each of our 72,000-plus students is to give them every opportunity to develop to their full potential, regardless of what grade they are in or what school they attend,” Green said. “The 2016 Strategic Plan strengthens our mission to ensure that all students are prepared for college or the career of their choice.”
The plan offers enhancements in three other areas:
—Character, Service and Safety: A strengthened focus on cultural relevance and unbiased learning; increased character development opportunities and recognition programs; strengthened school safety and security.
“In light of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., we will be asked to add more cameras and guards,” Green said, “and a more fortress like facade to our schools. Even as we consider doing these things, we must remind ourselves that our schools must be inviting so our children’s intellects can be encouraged and their moral character can be nurtured so that they can deal with adverse situations with courage and integrity and thoughtfulness, dignity and grace.”
—Parent, Family and Community: A new Parent Academy on the Go program that will reach more businesses and community groups; additional digital and broadcast content for parents through the Academy.
—Educator and Organizational Excellence: “As we personalize learning from kindergarten to high school, GCS will continue its quest for excellence in academics, character development/service learning and all that we do, and we will hold ourselves accountable to national standards of excellence,” Green said.
Read A Million: In the past year, GCS students have read 3,324,054 books, topping last year’s achievement of reading 2.6 million books in one year. The grand total for three years is 7,913,454 books.