“This is the best thing I’ve seen all year.” When a dedicated district-level visionary and STEM leader says this to you after hearing about and seeing MAD-learn in person, you can’t help but believe her and know that she means it. When the largest and most impactful industry event invites you to be one out of only one hundred CEOs to present in your category at their ASU GSV Summit 2019, you know that people are starting to take notice of the work that is happening in YOUR classrooms. Our team has been on the road non-stop for the last several weeks visiting you across the country, and we’re thrilled that the school year has gotten off to such a great start. We’re also excited about some great partnerships that will be announced soon. Stay tuned and enjoy this month’s MAD-news…
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Bugg Elementary Entrepreneurs to Create App for School Store
Our Director of Curriculum and Implementation, Gregg Stone was at Bugg Elementary School in Raleigh, NC last week. This STEM Magnet school is driven by the Design Thinking Process, providing students with a variety of tools and curricula to help them understand and appreciate the importance of developing vital and transferable skills (commonly called “soft” skills) like creativity, problem-solving, cooperation, and more. A natural byproduct one would hope to see catch hold is an interest in developing a sense of entrepreneurship. Check out what this entrepreneurial group of fifth-graders is up to now with their School Store app.
MAD-learn at K-8 STEM Investments Lab
Our VP of Sales, Kimberley Bynoe, had the opportunity to represent MAD-learn during the K-8 STEM Investment Innovation Lab. The event was hosted earlier this month by STEMconnector along with the CME group. Students are asked to problem solve all the time, but this was a unique experience for business leaders to do so in the STEM space.
The question of the day was “What limits corporations and foundations in funding STEM in the K-8 space?” Participants included senior officials from various corporations, including familiar ones like Walmart, Verizon, Boys and Girls Clubs as well as the CME group–the world’s largest futures and derivative group. The six-hour discussion and many of the answers centered on research and data, how foundation leaders can report back to their CEO’s that their funds are actually making a difference in student’s lives and can be replicated by district funds.
Kimberley’s favorite part was meeting discussion leader Erin White, Senior Director for Product Development & Research at STEMconnector, where she leads efforts to produce actionable insights for members and the field through the research and analysis. She is actually doing research on the question and is compiling the evidence. If you have thoughts feel free to send them to us so we can share with Erin.
The MAD-family Continues to Grow
We want to thank some of our amazing schools that have either renewed their partnerships with MAD-learn in the last few weeks or are joining our MAD-family for the first time. We are so happy to know we will be continuing our work to help students with you:
- Springs School (NY)
- Hawthorn North MS (IL)
- Hawthorn South MS (IL)
- West Delaware MS (IA)
- Mount Pisgah School (GA)
- Gilman School (MD)
- Janney Elementary (DC)
- The District School Board of Niagara (ON)
- Parkwood MS/HS (NC)
- Ron Clark Academy (GA)
- New York Institute of Technology (NY)
- Berea College (KY)
- Wilson Tech (NY)
- Upson Lee Elementary (GA)
- Lake Local MS/HS (OH)
MAD-teacher of the Month
Organization and dedication are two of the most important qualities a teacher can possess. Few can match the level in these areas with Alisa McCollum, IT Coach at Bugg Magnet Elementary in Raleigh, NC. She understands her students’ needs, keeps everyone in line, and works with her colleagues to create unique and well-designed projects. Our work with her and the staff at Bugg has been rewarding and informative, largely due to the tireless effort she puts into pushing her students to become the best they can be.
Alisa is at once affable and outgoing in social settings, and she is determined when working with both students and fellow teachers. As we have mentioned in the past, success of programs like MAD-learn is driven by the point person(s) at our partner schools. The program goals, the students, and the teachers are all in good hands, thanks to Alisa!
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