On Wednesday, May 4th, Wayne County Public Schools and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce will host a special event to generate discussion about the need to transform schools to more effectively engage students in learning and to help better prepare them for college and/or career.
Beginning at 6:15 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to view an exclusive Goldsboro screening of the highly acclaimed documentary, Most Likely to Succeed. The feature-length documentary examines the history of education in the United States and explores new approaches for teaching and learning taking place in the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative school in San Diego, California.
“After watching this movie, audience members will be unable to think about ‘school’ in the same way again,” states Tamara Ishee, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. “Since first opening 16 years ago, High Tech High has evolved into a network of schools. As audience members will see in the movie, teachers and administrators are enabling students to be successful academically through project-based learning, technology rich instruction, personalized learning, and transformative curriculum and instruction designs.”
Following the movie, a panel discussion will be held to discuss the importance of having innovative and forward-thinking education methods in today’s changing world.
“This event is intended to be a catalyst for serious discussion about the need for a transformation within Wayne County Public Schools,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, Superintendent. “While we are not looking at building a High Tech High in Wayne County, it is vital that we are open to new approaches for how education can be delivered in order to better prepare students for success in life and in the 21st Century workplace.”
Chamber leaders state that in order for communities to attract and retain businesses and/or industries, they must have innovative schools that successfully prepare students academically and for work.
“Businesses have evolved over the years to best take advantage of ever changing technology and resources,” states Kate Daniels, President of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. “In contrast, school systems across the country have not evolved at the same rate. This upcoming event is an opportunity for us, as a community, to consider and discuss how our local education system can better meet the needs of tomorrow’s workforce.”
The event will be held at the Paramount Theatre, located at 139 S. Center Street in Downtown Goldsboro. The event is free to attend and open to the public.