We were honored last week to host a delegation of educators
from Guangzhou City, China. This delegation of teachers, principals and superintendents,
affiliated with Beijing Normal University, visited Colorado SmartLabs to learn
about innovative approaches to STEM education in the U.S.
The China delegation visited Rocky Heights and Cresthill
middle schools (Douglas County School District), The Englewood middle and high
school campus (Englewood Schools), Wilder Elementary (Littleton Public Schools)
and Merrill Middle School (Denver Public Schools).
Highlights of the tours were meetings with the superintendents
of Littleton and Denver school systems and Richard Crandall, Colorado Commissioner
of Education. The delegation also enjoyed a Q&A session with STEM students
at Cresthill Middle School where both students and delegates had the opportunity
to compare and contrast educational systems in the U.S. and China.
Members of the delegation frequently remarked on the level
of engagement of students in the SmartLab STEM programs. They were impressed by
the use of applied technology for project work, the degree of choice and personalization
of learning, and authentic assessment through eportfolios. Common observations
were that, though there is no equivalent program in China, Chinese students
would benefit greatly from similar opportunities.
Colorado Superintendent of the Year Brian Ewert talks about Creative Learning Systems and how SmartLabs have helped Englewood Schools.
Colorado Springs District 11 was the focus of a recent Fox News report on STEM education. Much of the news feature was filmed in the Martinez Elementary SmartLab. We are proud to be District 11's partner in their innovative approach to STEM education.