Norwin officials plan to build on summit's success
By Brad Pedersen
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:51 p.m.
Norwin School District officials hope to stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education during its second STEM Summit.
Administrators plan to build on the success of last year's summit, which brought in 350 visitors to the district campus, by moving it to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on Feb. 18, at 8 a.m.
The district is teaming with Asset STEM Education, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit, funded by the Bayer Corporation, aiming to improve STEM education.
The summit, entitled “A Vision for STEM Education: Exploring, Connecting, Transforming,” is expected to draw at least 500 pre-kindergarten to grade-12 educators from across the commonwealth, according to Norwin Superintendent William Kerr.
“This is a true collaboration between a nonprofit and the district,” Kerr said.
“There's no cost to the school district to do this.”
The summit is designed to help build excitement and understanding of STEM-based learning through hands-on classroom materials and experiments. It also includes professional-development opportunities for teachers, which will help them incorporate hands-on materials into their lesson plans, Kerr said.
Last year's summit drew local and regional businesses, but the partnership with Asset will bring in international businesses, such as Bayer, Google and Westinghouse, to participate, Kerr said.
The summit falls on a scheduled teacher in-service day throughout the district, so teams of teachers will be sent to the summit to participate, Kerr said.
District administrators plan to meet with Asset STEM Education officials to continue planning the summit in December.
In other news …
The Norwin School Board unanimously extended business affairs director John Wilson's contract by five years.
The contract sets Wilson's salary at $119,000, with performance-based raises.
Wilson has been a district employee for about 10 years, he said.
Kerr said Wilson has become an integral part of the district's financial system.
“He is a proven commodity and is outstanding in the field of business administration,” Kerr said. “The renewal was deserved and fitting.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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