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What are your ideas to turn a mediocre school manufacturing department into a center-of-excellence?

Posted by Bert Maes on July 6, 2010


Last week, Douglas Crets sat with Bill Kurtz, CEO of Denver School of Science and Technology and asked him about his vision for school leadership and technology in the classroom.

Some essential elements out of Bill’s list – applicable to lift CNC manufacturing school departments to the next level:

  • Create a very strong culture among teachers, focused on human resources and human capital, because school institutions that lack cohesive culture are bound to fail.
  • Put technology, MATH and science learning at the front and center of the curriculum to drive tech innovation.
  • Marry the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) needs of a 21st century society with the best available tools [and environment] for performing those functions.
  • Focus on education using as many as possible one-to-one devices like laptops. Getting their one-to-one device is so important to the kids. The most surprising thing is how attached they are to it.
  • Once you give kids a real-life context, they get energized by it.
  • Take a slice of the day and devote learning to online learning, taking pressure off of staff, but also allowing for teachers to engage with students in a more rigorous and intimate way.

Read full article: One-to-One Leadership and Learning at DSST

What are your ideas to turn a mediocre school (CNC) manufacturing department into a center-of-excellence?

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