Dr. Linda Bost, Assistant Superintendant of Davie County Schools delivered an update on the Davie County STEM Education Initiative during the quarterly Davie County Economic Development meeting held on Friday, January 22nd.
Dr. Bost explained that we need to integrate STEM disciplines across all areas of study and that team-based, real world problem-solving that leverages all of the knowledge of a diverse team of students with access to unlimited digital resources is the essence of what we will achieve in Davie County. This approach integrates STEM disciplines across all areas of study and produces 21st century renaissance citizens (see, autodidactic polymath).
Dr. Bost asserted that we must continue making fundamental changes to the way we deliver instruction and that we can no longer rely on 19th and 20th century methods and environments to educate 21st century students.
The Davie County STEM Education initiative continues to make progress and is receiving regional and national recognition. This began with the selection of Davie County as one of 3 areas in North Carolina selected to be a NC STEM Collaborative Community. The progress we have made to date has made Davie County a model for STEM Community Collaborative.
Several university departments of education have contacted us asking if they can send student teachers to Davie County because of what Davie County can do for them that other counties are not able to do.
Davie County STEM Team members were invited to participate in the national STEM school design workshop in Washington DC. Teams from Texas, New York, Ohio, Washington and California were on hand for a design charrette workshop focused on the new high school planned for Davie County. Being selected as the focus of this workshop was a prestigious honor for Davie County and reflects national recognition of the success of our community efforts.
This Washington DC Design Workshop was sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Members of the American Architectural Foundation were so impressed with what we are doing in Davie County that they are preparing to travel here to continue the collaboration.
State-Wide Event Scheduled for February
The Davie County STEM TEAM has been asked to present its successes and challenges to the North Carolina “Joining our Businesses and Schools” (JOBS) Commission which is headed by North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton. This presentation is scheduled for February. Davie County is also represented on the NC STEM advisory board to the JOBS Commission.
State-Wide Event Scheduled for March
The Davie County STEM Team has been asked by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to host a state-wide webinar for all North Carolina school districts in March. The subject of the webinar will be “Creating 21st Century Teachers for 21st Century Students.” The web-based seminar (webinar) will utilize Davie County Schools’ state of the art digital training network to reach every school district in the state.
The Chief of Instructional Technology for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is coming to Davie County next week to see how he can help with the Davie County STEM Education Initiative.
International Event Scheduled for June
Members of the Davie County Design Team have been asked to present at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference held in Denver, CO in June. This presentation will highlight Davie County’s vision, accomplishments and plans for a national and international audience.
In closing, Dr. Bost recognized that what is happening in Davie County, and the recognition that we have earned across the state and the nation is no accident but is rather the result of hard work and positive results achieved over time.
Highlights of Achievements in Davie County
Who is Responsible for This Hard Work and Success?