A team of Warsaw Community Schools educators and community members traveled to Washington, D.C., in July to assess its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. Pictured are the representatives at the Smithsonian. Photo provided.
A team of Warsaw Community Schools educators and community members traveled to Washington, D.C., in July to assess its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. Pictured are the representatives at the Smithsonian. Photo provided.
The Smithsonian K-12 STEM Road mapping took place in Washington, D.C., July 20–25.
Warsaw Community Schools was represented by 15 educators and community members. The team included elementary, middle and high school teachers and administrators along with district administrators and two community science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) advisors from the local orthopedic industry. The team spent an intensive week assessing current programing, future needs, specific timelines and the individuals responsible for action on each step, according to a press release from WCS.
The team will present the roadmap to faculty, staff and the school board for implementation. Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of WCS, stated, “The week was highly productive and for the first time in Warsaw Community Schools’ history, a solid vertical alignment of STEM curriculum has been articulated. This alignment will play a vital part in moving our STEM curriculum forward in every school and with every student.”
Chad Dawson, of Biomet and one of WCS’s STEM advisors, said of the experience, “As guest speakers were lecturing I would constantly say to myself, ‘We do that!’ This was a great reminder that our teachers are truly leading the charge and are on the forefront of education. I am honored and proud to say I was part of the Warsaw Community Schools’ Team.”
Chris Bonefield, WCS instructional coach, said of the experience, “The inclusion of our community STEM advisors, Hallie Brinkerhuff and Chad Dawson, was instrumental. We have incredible educators and community members who are dedicated to the education of our students.”
On Tuesday, the team will share their roadmap to the school board of trustees at the regularly scheduled board work session.