Lighthouse School educators continue preparing for upcoming school year

Second part of summer “institute” examines Lighthouse operations

What: More than 300 teachers, administrators and staff from Baltimore County’s 10 “Lighthouse Schools” will attend the second of two professional development conferences this summer aimed at learning about how their schools and students will lead the school system’s initiative to personalize learning through digital technology. Participants will attend workshops on topics including using the BCPS One information system in the classroom. The keynote speaker for the session will be Gus Schmedlen, vice president for education at Hewlett Packard. Educators attended the first Lighthouse Schools Institute in June.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 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 first is 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 the increasingly-diverse student population at a time when the economy requires more from students for future success.