Ready Schools Initiative
The Monroe County Community Schools Corporation values the importance of preparing ALL students for college, careers, and life. In the summer of 2018, our corporation received the Ready Schools Grant from Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI). The process of the grant involves using a design thinking process to develop a plan with systemic alignment of our preK-12 curricular and programmatic offerings to meet the needs of students and provide more access to explore post-secondary education or careers. At the end of the design-thinking process, MCCSC will be able to apply for an additional implementation grant through ROI.
During the entire process, staff from each MCCSC school serving on design teams, as well as an advisory team of community and industry members, provide input and feedback. The members were selected based on feedback from principals and/or roles in the community or local workforce. Representatives from Ivy Tech and Indiana University are also part of the advisory team. After reviewing all the data from the design thinking process, we've identified four main focus areas; project/problem/inquiry-based learning, career awareness, STEM and hands-on learning, and community and industry partnerships. We will develop a systemic implementation plan based on these four areas for PK-12.
These focus areas directly align with many of the initiatives being passed down from IDOE. For example, as part of the State STEM Strategic Plan, 100% of teachers are expected to be trained in PBL by 2025 and 100% of schools will be implementing a STEM curriculum within 6 years. The STEM plan also requires us to foster early STEM career exposure and business and industry partnerships. Beginning this school year, schools are expected to incorporate instruction on the new Employability Skills Standards. The work of Ready Schools also aligns with the new Graduation Pathway mandates and Governor’s Workforce Cabinet initiatives.
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