Pennsylvania District Wins NEF STEM Leadership Award
Lehighton Schools has won the National Education Foundation's (NEF) 2016 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Leadership Award.
The school district is one of
several dozen that are participating in NEF's CyberLearning STEM+
program. The program incorporates
personalized learning, teacher stipends, learning management systems,
mentoring, motivational rewards for students and parents, teacher
tech support. The educational programs at the school are intended to
student one grade level in a subject in 20 to 30 learning
in the district this year advanced a grade level in math and
in 26 and 27 hours, respectively. The district will receive a $10,000
districts receiving distinguished achievement awards, which also carry
awards, are in Canton, NY; Sydney, NE; Steubenville, OH: and Warren County, PA.
initiated the STEM+ Academy initiative in 2013 in conjunction
with the State
University of New York, TEKSystems, Pearson
Education and Skillsoft to improve STEM
learning in disadvantaged schools.
can apply for the grants from NEF. While
there are some costs to the district, some, including Lehighton, can
matching federal grants to cover the cost.
District Superintendent and STEM Academy Director Charlie Bachert said,
a great honor and privilege to be recognized with an award of this
from such a prestigious group as NEF. We are fortunate to have such a
partnership with NEF, and look forward to expanding our STEM program
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.