FWCS Monthly Newsletter and Blog

The Visionary FWCS public newsletter
Welcome to The FWCS Visionary: A public blog and monthly newsletter brought to you by the Communications Department and designed to provide you with news about Fort Wayne Community Schools. This is the inaugural year for this new information outlet and, as such, it may change shape and form as it grows into a resource we hope you find useful and fun. If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in the outlet, please contact Communications. We would be thrilled to hear what you want to see.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

School leaders, community partners kickoff STEM/STEAM initiative

Since March, dozens of community partners and leaders and staff from seven schools have participated in launching Fort Wayne Community Schools’ STEM/STEAM initiative.

The initiative, in partnership with Discovery Education, will enhance the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum at Irwin Elementary, the District’s science and math magnet school, and expand STEM education at the schools Irwin feeds into – Portage Middle School and Wayne High School.

In addition, the District’s fine arts magnet schools will be enhanced with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) initiative. Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, Weisser Park Elementary School, Memorial Park Middle School and South Side High School will incorporate more STEAM-based concepts into the curriculum, as well as focus more on inquiry-based and project-based learning.

“The work with Discovery will not create a curriculum that we will be locked into and may become outdated over time,” said Get Nichols, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. “We want to create a learning environment where children are immersed in project-based learning and can adapt to the changing world they will encounter.”

During the kick-off sessions, community partners and FWCS employees were challenged to think of STEM not as a class but as a culture. Building this culture will require thinking differently and finding partners in new places.

Discovery STEM launch

School and community leaders interact with Discovery STEM materials

Fully developing the programs at the schools will take four years. The first year, 2018-19, will be establishing the vision and building the foundations for STEM/STEAM and communicating with students and parents on the changes and expectations of the methods. The next year, the focus will be on building a foundation for project-based learning. In the third year, teachers will deepen their knowledge in teaching the STEM/STEAM concepts across all subjects and grade levels. The fourth year will be focused on building sustainability for the methods.