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State Commissioner of Education Visits Area Schools
Friday, February 12, 2016
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia saw first-hand how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is being integrated into the classroom during her tour to numerous north country school districts that are part of the WSWHE BOCES region on Thursday, February 11.
WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent James Dexter knew the commissioner was going to be in the area for an evening presentation and took the opportunity to showcase several schools districts and programs. He commented, “We were thrilled to have Commissioner Elia meet many of our stellar educators and see how our districts are creatively integrating STEM into their curriculum.”
In addition to Mr. Dexter, Mrs. Elia was joined by Regent Beverly Ouderkirk, Senator Betty Little, representatives from Senator Marchione’s office, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, and Assemblyman Dan Stec throughout the tour.
Now in her seventh month on the job, the commissioner toured two school buildings in the Saratoga Springs City School District. Computer programming and app (application) design were the topics discussed at Maple Avenue Middle School followed by a roundtable discussion with students and teachers about STEM and Project Lead the Way at Lake Avenue Elementary School. The tour continued to several classrooms in the elementary school demonstrating the different levels of science, technology, engineering, and math used in the classroom. Click here to learn more about K-12 STEM education in the Saratoga Springs City School District.
The tour moved farther north to SUNY Adirondack’s Queensbury campus where the Early College High School and Pathways in Technology (PTECH) programs were highlighted. Advanced Manufacturing students in the ECHS program presented an overview of the program and then broke out into stations to demonstrate their class projects from using a CNC lathe to computer programing to move a robotic arm. To read more about the ECHS program, click here. For information on the PTECH program, click here.
Following the classroom visit, there was a review of both programs along with a panel discussion with area educators, students, and business and industry representatives at SUNY Adirondack.
The Glens Falls City School District was the next stop on the commissioner’s itinerary. She toured Jackson Heights Elementary School and Glens Falls Middle and High Schools. From singing with students in Colorado via the Internet to using technology in French class and how students are using Google Classroom, the commissioner got a overview of how Glens Falls City School District has integrated technology into its curriculum. Click here to find out more about Glens Falls City School’s Technology program.
In the late afternoon, Mrs. Elia had an opportunity to address the school superintendents and teachers in the WSWHE BOCES five-county area in two separate forums.
The commissioner ended her day by being the featured speaker at the Adirondack Areas School Boards Association meeting at the Queensbury Hotel.
Click on the links below to read the news coverage of the tour.