Teacher Development Grant 2016-2017 Project Summary
Bates Middle School • Sumter, NC
Bates Middle School will transform their school from an International Baccalaureate® to a STEAM/PBL school. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The teachers at Bates Middle School will be provided professional development in both Project Based Learning and STEAM. These teacher leaders will model and facilitate professional development courses for the rest of the staff. The idea of emphasizing these subjects in delivering the curriculum has been driven by the business community, with the goal of preparing an agile and competitive workforce. In the real world, content knowledge is interwoven, layered and sophisticated, not experienced in isolation such as in traditional education settings (separate math time, separate science time, etc.).
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