Release Date: 6/25/2014
Contact: Office of Communications, 410-887-5908

Educators to learn how Lighthouse Schools will work

Institute kicks off two-day orientation

News Brief
What: More than 300 teachers, administrators and staff from Baltimore County’s 10 “Lighthouse Schools" will attend a two-day professional development conference to learn about how their schools and students will adapt to the school system’s initiative to personalize learning through digital technology. Participants will attend workshops on topics including characteristics of a student-centered learning environment, databases for digital learning, social media and online research, among other subjects. The keynote speaker for the institute will be education innovator Hall Davidson of Discovery Education.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on both Thursday, June 26, and Friday, June 27, 2014

Where: Cockeysville Middle School
10401 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Background: Baltimore County Public Schools’ Lighthouse Schools are the first 10 pilot elementary schools to incorporate the BCPS S.T.A.T. initiative into the entire schoolhouse. S.T.A.T., or Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow, is the multi-year transformation of BCPS into a complete 21st century technology learning environment to prepare globally-competitive graduates. BCPS is first redesigning curriculum in the core content areas to redefine what instruction will look like in a blended learning environment, while placing a stronger emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills. This transformation is necessary to provide personalized learning through personal digital devices and other tools to our increasingly diverse student population at a time when the economy requires more from our students for future success.

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