Outdoor Reading: Mount Vernon Principal Christine Hoffman created a children’s summer program that provided an unexpected benefit: A new generation of strong readers, says Principal Council member Jaime Beers. “Over 1,000 kids participated, from first-graders to high schoolers. This summer, two students qualified for the divisional science fair with their presentations.”
Bookworms Club: Dolores May is a teacher at Bassett High School, who has her students read books together in groups of two to seven students. “The students trust us to act on their behalf.”
Principles of Success for Women in Engineering: With more than 95 percent of engineering students pursuing a STEM-based degree, Dartmouth Professor Dr. Linda Wright says, “We cannot rely on an unlimited supply of men to fill the pipeline of science, technology, engineering, and math.”
World Affairs courses: Mosaic Middle School, a new charter school in Alexandria, offers fifth grade, sixth grade, and seventh grade students a rigorous, multidisciplinary style of education. The school is on pace to offer its first courses in world affairs as part of next year’s curriculum.
Casting a wide net: Trinity Academy in Northwest offers seventh and eighth graders an expanded curriculum across subjects, and lets students specialize in math and science in a field they’re interested in. “They get to work directly with a local high school student who is also doing research in the same subject,” says Principal Lee Delaplane.
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