Children's Learning Institute Greets ED Department Bus Tour
The Texas School Ready! team had a great day with the Assistant Secretary of the Dept of ED, Deb Delisle. Pictured are John Gasko, Deb Delisle, Susan Landry, Pauline Monsegue-Bailey, and April Crawford.
Leadership from the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth participated in a dynamic panel discussion with Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education for the US Department of Education. Local education leaders in El Paso gathered at The John E. Uxer 1 Head Start Center to welcome and engage with the Assistant Secretary.
El Paso is one of many stops on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s “Strong Start. Bright Future.” Back -to-School Bus Tour. Susan Landry, Ph.D., Children’s Learning Institute Director and Founder, and John W Gasko, Ph.D., Children’s Learning Institute Associate Director, participated in an important panel discussion titled Innovations in Pre-K STEM: A Panel Discussion with Assistant Secretary of Education, Deb Delisle.
Dr. Gasko, Dr. Landry, and the Assistant Secretary discuss possible future collaborations between Texas and the Department of Education.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and signifies an increased focus on science and mathematics in education. “The workforce of the future must be equipped with diverse skillsets that lend themselves to understanding, operating, and innovating with technology, and early childhood is the place to start building those skills,” said Dr. Gasko. “We led this panel because of our leadership in this area.”
The Children’s Learning Institute’s early childhood program, Texas School Ready! aims to increase children’s school readiness though five evidence-driven components: research-based curriculum, technology-driven child progress monitoring, facilitated teacher professional development, ongoing teacher mentoring, and sustainability. When asked about Texas School Ready! and STEM, Dr. Susan Landry commented, “The Texas School Ready! model has always been based on the solid research and proven methods, and because of that we are able to move child outcomes in a positive direction. I am excited that our efforts to include STEM techniques in our professional development strategies are being recognized at the federal level!”
The children in this TSR! Classroom immediately flocked to Dr. Landry and the Assistant Secretary! The Assistant Secretary was impressed with TSR! and The John E. Uxer 1 Head Start Center.
Dr. Gasko and Dr. Landry joined Sec. Delisle in touring some TSR! classrooms at The John E. Uxer 1 Head Start Center, as well as the Intellizeum, an interactive museum-like environment that allows children to learn about all science while having fun. After experiencing all of the rich learning environments, the Assistant Secretary commented, “All children should have this. I am very impressed.”
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