Break-Out Session 1.6: A STEM School Transition - Changing the Way we Teach and Think
Presenters: Lyndsey Pelusi, Kim Keesee
District: Kannapolis City Schools
North Kannapolis Elementary School began making the transition to become a STEM focus school to enhance blended learning in the classroom, expose students to hands-on learning, and increase student engagement and achievement. This presentation will review the process in which school leadership developed and implemented a STEM program and how the school is excelling at offering students an experience with opportunities typically not available in a traditional classroom. The presentation will focus on teacher buy-in, STEM professional development, and teaching educators how to change the way they teach and think by focusing on implementing a hands-on, blended learning environment. Presenters will share how to pull off a massive transformation that will impact student learning and achievement all while fostering a collaborative culture for both teachers and students.