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WWSU to hold discussion on planning for future

“The educational landscape is changing,” Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) curriculum director Sheila Rivers said.

But what does that mean, on a local level?

On Monday, October 29, school board members, central office team members, principals, parents and community members will all be included in a discussion about how WWSU can educate students for today’s increasingly technology-driven society in a seminar titled “Transforming Education in the Washington West Supervisory Union—Planning for the Future.”

“With technology attaching itself to greater facets of our lives and a powerful global economy, we must be reflective in how our school systems are meeting these new demands,” Ben Smith, chair of the Washington West Supervisory Union executive board, wrote in announcing the upcoming seminar, which will take place in the library at Harwood Union High School at 6:30 p.m.

“Conducting the informational seminars seems like a good way for providing as much information to the community as possible, in an ongoing way,” Rivers said.

In the seminar, the school district hopes not only to identify potential improvements to the curriculum—such as focusing more on science and math and increasing technological integration—but also to discuss their implementation.

“Is this a tall order with tight budgets and potentially dwindling student populations?” Smith asked, acknowledging scarce resources within the country’s current educational system. “How are we as a community going to support 21st-century expectations within our rural school system that is proud of graduating talented, skilled and competitive students?”

These are just a few of the questions that will be raised in the upcoming seminar—the first in a proposed series of talks scheduled for later in the school year. Monday’s seminar will begin with a presentation by WWSU superintendent Brigid Sheffert and WWSU curriculum director Sheila Rivers and will be followed by a Q&A period.

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