Cherokee Schools begins STEM partnership with discovery education
Patch. Kathleen Sturgeon . August 07, 2019.

Cherokee Couunty, GA— The Cherokee County School District recently launched a three-year partnership with a global education leader to improve STEM learning opportunities for elementary and middle school students.
CCSD, already recognized nationally for its commitment to STEM education, now is working with Discovery Education, part of the same company as the Discovery TV network, so its classroom resources and professional development for teachers can enhance lessons and incorporate more real-world learning experiences.
For the kickoff event held this week at CCSD's central offices, Dr. Cindy Moss, the company's vice president of global STEM initiatives, led a crowd of CCSD teachers, administrators and school partners from STEM businesses and organizations, in hands-on activities to better understand what Discovery Education will deliver to students.
"We're very excited about partnership with Discovery Ed – not only do they have a huge STEM emphasis in all that they do, they also see that it takes not just rigor and relevance, but also relationships," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting that more than a dozen STEM business partners from the community attended the event. "We want our kids to become experts, to develop creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as collaboration and other key soft skills, and Discovery Ed offers it all with an outstanding reputation."
The partnership's benefits include Discovery Ed curriculum and other instructional resources, 15 days of professional development and 10 days of coaching for the teachers and administrators CCS
Hightower said he envisions the knowledge and skills gained by teachers through this partnership will spread districtwide, much as how the STEM Academies' teachers lesson plans and best practices have been shared to the benefit of all students.
Special thanks to school partners from businesses and community organizations that attended: Atlanta Braves Education Outreach, Captain Planet Foundation, Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Cobb EMC, Delphi Global, Firestorm Robotics, Kennesaw State University, Lexis Coatings, Manley Spangler Smith Architects, Reinhardt University, Science of Sport, Technical Resource Solutions and Zoo Atlanta.

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