inSights Magazine Winter 2015

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 inSights Cras imperdiet sapien nec sem Winter 2015 From the Office of Academic Achievement This edition of inSights highlights the valuable partnerships that Enfield Public Schools has developed. These partnerships offer a wide-range of advantages for the students, families, and teachers of Enfield Public Schools. Their impact is seen in classrooms across content areas, encompassing all grade levels throughout the district. Many of the opportunities outlined in this issue would not be possible without the support of these partners. We look forward to the continued collaboration and further strengthening of these relationships. — Michelle Middleton Chief Academic Officer Asnuntuck Community College and Enfield Public Schools: A Collaborative Partnership F rank Gulluni of Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) is one of the state’s leading proponents for helping to “fill the pipeline” for career opportunities in Connecticut’s growing manufacturing industry. Growing, you ask? Absolutely. With the increased demand for a highly skilled manufacturing staff, many companies are looking to Connecticut to provide the bright, trained labor force not available overseas. New contracts for Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, and Sikorsky will all bring job openings, and Mr. Gulluni wants to make sure that our students today are ready to fill them. Coupled with hundreds of upcoming retirements from engineering and technology in CT – Mr. Gulluni calls them a “silver tsunami” – he wants to help the Enfield Public Schools partner with ACC to prepare students to step into these well-paying and fascinating careers. This vision of skilled jobs and challenging careers fits well with Enfield’s vision for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Enfield is in the process of developing new technology learning 860.253.6500 pathways, revising our existing curriculum, and strengthening our curriculum and facilities to embrace a K-12 STEAM model of integrated subject area learning. Dr. Sarah F a u l k n e r , E n f i e l d ’s S T E A M Coordinator, has been working closely with Enfield and ACC staff to develop and implement a long-range plan for curriculum improvement. This year we revised our computer science curriculum in Grades 2-5 to expand keyboarding and computer skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.), preparing students for more advanced computer-based work in middle school. We made huge changes in the middle school curriculum (see page 2), expanded our Project Lead the Way engineering courses at the high school, added a new STEAM Design high school elective, and are in the process of revising our high school computer science courses. The varied learning and career pathways for students include engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, and, now with our expanded partnership with ACC, robotics and advanced manufacturing. Continued on page 2