This webinar provided an overview of the varied ways that schools enhance K–12 STEM teaching and learning through partnerships with entities like STEM industry and business, community organizations, and higher education.
Laurie McFarlin of the Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) and partner Tom Furey of Standard Register Industrial spoke about the establishment, maintenance, and sustainability of the school's regional partnerships in education, business and industry, and community and government, where partners are viewed as their "connection to the real world."
The Dayton Regional STEM School is one of 10 public STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools across Ohio, offering students a relevant, real world educational experience which will prepare them for college and opportunities in the work world — in essence, a springboard for developing and maintaining the Dayton region's talent base. The school opened in August 2009 with its first class of 9th grade students from across Clark, Greene and Montgomery counties. Following two annual expansions, the school currently serves 330 students in grades 7-11 coming from 28 school districts in six counties. The school is on track to its ultimate goal of a combined middle and high school campus serving grade 6-12 students in Fall 2012.
Laurie McFarlin- Director, Communications and Partnerships, Dayton Regional STEM School, Kettering, OH
Tom Furey- President, Standard Register Industrial, Dayton, OH
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