Two local universities are part of a state mandated program to help improve student outcomes in low-performing public schools. They will open so-called “laboratory” schools next fall.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Appalachian State University are among a handful of institutions selected to help transform public schools in grades K-8. The colleges will run the experimental lab schools. This includes hiring teachers and principals, who will become university employees.
County districts will partner with the universities by providing support services like meals and transportation for students.
Earlier this year, Appalachian State announced that it will create a laboratory school at Middle Fork Elementary School in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District.
“So many of Appalachian’s teacher education graduates work in North Carolina, and the university has at least one graduate teaching in every county in the state,” says Chancellor Sheri N. Everts. “This will be beneficial to both our students and those in Forsyth County schools. Furthermore, our faculty’s research and data around this program likely will have implications for education programs nationwide.”
Educators say the legislation also allows more flexibility with curriculum in these schools. The focus will be on STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
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