From Harford County Public Schools:
The Board of Education of Harford County met for a special business meeting on Monday, May 21, 2012, in the Board Room of the HCPS/A.A. Roberty Building and took the following actions or received the following presentations:
Recognized the following:
Approved the Consent Agenda:
Monthly Report on Personnel
Minutes of Previous Meeting: May 7, 2012
Tabled the decision on Promotions and Appointments until the June 11, 2012 Board meeting.
Received a presentation regarding STEM Education in Harford County. Joan Michel, Barney Michel and Supervisor of Science Andrew Renzulli presented. While HCPS has offered STEM programs for many years, the strategic planning process has highlighted several areas of focus for moving forward. In recent months, HCPS has augmented its STEM offerings with additional programming:
– Engineering is Elementaryis now fully implemented in all elementary schools, grades one through five. This blended STEM curriculum reaches every student, every year during science instruction. Over 650 elementary teachers have received professional development to support the implementation of this curriculum
– Project Lead the Way (PLTW): Gateway to Technology was introduced at Southampton and Havre de Grace Middle Schools in 2011/2012
– Edgewood Middle school will offer PLTW in 2012/2013
– C. Milton Wright and Aberdeen high schools will offer Project Lead the Way: Pathway to Engineering 2012/2013
– Bio-Medical Science Program, currently at Bel Air High School, expanding to Havre de Grace 2013/2014
– Cybersecurity program launching 2013/2014 at Harford Technical High School
– A STEM Teacher Academy was created in 2010 providing college level training in the core sciences for thirty two teachers, grades 3 through 8. Partners include Frostburg State University, Morgan State University, Towson University and UMBC
– National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) partnership with Boeing and Department of Defense for Aberdeen High School and Havre de Grace High School
– Partnerships with community organizations resulting in events such as STEM Nights and teacher professional development
Received a presentation regarding the work of the Office of Community Engagement, Equity and Cultural Proficiency.
Received a presentation which focused on a financial assessment of Harford County by Mr. Randy Cerveny, president of the Harford County Education Association (HCEA) and Bob Pellicoro.
Dr. Tomback read an email that he received from Chandra Krantz, principal at Aberdeen Middle School, regarding her appreciation of the HCPS Facilities Department for helping her through the water loss situation at the school last Friday.