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Leaders in Education

Sustainable and Scalable

On the surface, business and education appear to be distinctly different entities. They are often pitted against each other in political waters where tax dollars can determine who sinks and who swims. But peel back a few layers on each group and striking similarities begin to appear. In this issue of Leaders, we explore recent developments in two hotbeds where STEM education could be defined as development of the local workforce. Officials in the eastern region of North Carolina and a small community south of San Antonio, TX – Somerset – aren’t concerned about the differences between business and education. They only care about similarities and common ground.

A STEM-for-All advocate

Students deserve to be clued into the relevance of their education, and the earlier that happens the better. In this issue of Leaders in Education, we show how STEM really is for all, from Texas to California to Tennessee. In Lancaster (Texas) ISD, Superintendent Dr. Michael McFarland has ridden a STEM-for-All approach to a district-wide turnaround. English Language Learners in Santa Ana and Bakersfield, California, are making sizable gains in standardized math and science test scores. A special after-school program at East High School in Memphis, Tennessee, enables advanced high school students to discover amazing engineering concepts through hands-on projects.

Transformation is King

In this issue of Leaders in Education, our focus is on an ever-changing landscape in education and how administrators, educators, and business leaders are turning to new partnerships and innovative programs to boost student achievement and better prepare students to be college and workforce ready. Successful administrators from Texas, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, and Kansas share their insights and experience on how they are thinking differently about education and reshaping the landscape.

Defining STEM

In this issue of Leaders in Education, we introduce you to several educators and school administrators who have turned the corner on defining STEM education in their districts and regions. You will meet a Hillsborough County (Florida) School District administrator who is defining STEM in ways designed to get students to think outside the box through inquiry-based learning and real-world experiences. And you will hear from a variety of educators, community leaders, and business professionals who share their opinions on the growing importance of STEM education.

Closing the Readiness Gap

In this issue of Leaders in Education, you’ll be introduced to a Brownwood, Texas, superintendent who has established key relationships with the local Chamber of Commerce and major employers such as 3M and Kohler. A guest column from activist and actor John Ratzenberger leads off this issue as he shares a viewpoint squarely in line with the need to close the readiness gap and prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce. Are you looking for ways to close that gap too? If so, read on.

Engineering Success in Greenville

In this issue of Leaders in Education, you will meet a principal, a vice principal, and a teacher who think they’ve found a better way to teach the language of algebra, and you will learn how students at Carolina High School & Academy have been given an opportunity to learn algebra in a nontraditional way – a way that lets students see algebra, hear algebra, and speak algebra. A unique combination of hands-on activities, a cooperative learning environment, and a student-centered instructional model provide these students with an answer to the question, “Why do I need to know algebra?”