When I started as Superintendent last August, one of my goals was to establish a true “working” relationship with different departments at Kent State University. Currently, we are establishing a collaborative relationship with the College of Education in order to share “best practices” and in that way enhance our teaching methods and curriculum offerings.
My vision is to start by implementing interesting, relevant, rigorous and hands-on K-12 STEM curriculum in the Kent City Schools. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This is a national initiative designed to increase the number of teachers who are developing innovative practices in these crucial fields and also to encourage students to pursue STEM careers.
One overarching goal is to provide students the opportunities to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in a global economy. Here are some pathways under consideration.
- Offer STEM curriculum to students in elementary schools to increase STEM literacy, make learning more concrete and relevant and to foster a life-long interest in learning
- Convince students that they can excel in math and science and broaden the representation of non-traditional populations in STEM fields
- Provide quality teacher training with ongoing professional development
- Capture teachers’ passion and talent for teaching STEM subjects and integrating STEM across content areas
- Connect businesses, nonprofits, local government and University research to the classroom
- Invite students into real-world STEM workplaces to experience and understand the exciting opportunities available to them
We have met with professors and administrators from Kent State a number of times. They have put together a list of faculty, who are interested in having our teachers work with them on STEM-related action research.
A number of our Kent teachers have already told me they want to be involved, and I am putting together a list to link them with KSU faculty. I am very pleased with the response and will keep you informed as the projects get started.
Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,
George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools