Englewood Schools has become the first district in Colorado to offer fully-integrated K-12 SmartLab STEM programs to all students district-wide.
Creative Learning Systems' partnership with Englewoood Schools began in 2011 with a single SmartLab in Englewood High School. Since then, we have implemented seven additional labs. With a generous grant from the Gill Foundation, Englewood was able to add SmartLab programs in each of its elementary schools ensuring that all of its students have access to next-generation STEM education.
This groundbreaking initiative was announced in a press conference yesterday at Bishop Elementary School. Denver's 9News was there to report on the event.
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.