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El Dorado County Board of Education Meets at GT School of Innovation
Posted 4/3/19

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the El Dorado County (EDC) Board of Education held its monthly meeting at the GT School of Innovation - a New Tech Network school. Board trustees listened to high school representatives outline event highlights and to GT School principal, Dr. Wendy Westsmith’s presentation about student progress in project-based learning. Trustees were treated to a tour of classrooms where student ambassadors explained how they now absorb crucial lessons through hands-on, project-based learning. When asked about the difference in student engagement between traditional teaching and project-based learning student Tyler Robertson stated, “It’s the difference between reading about a roller coaster and actually riding one!”

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Fifth grade students Addison Kronlund and Logan Latham explain their understanding of types of energy to visiting County Superintendent Dr. Ed Manansala; John Lane, EDC Board of Education Vice President; and Debbie Akin, EDC Board of Education Trustee.

 

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Learning targets are Common Core State Science Standards written in student-accessible format in Mr. Mike Appleby’s classroom.

 

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Sixth graders Ronin Miyara and Tyler Robertson explain their understanding of electricity to County Superintendent Dr. Ed Manansala; John Lane, EDC Board of Education Vice President; Debbie Akin, EDC Board of Education Trustee and Jeff Burch, BOMUSD Board of Education Trustee.

 

Superintendent/Principal Jeremy Meyers gave a comprehensive presentation about the forward-thinking initiatives that are positively moving the needle for district students. These four initiatives include innovative programs at both GT School of Innovation, Northside STEAM School, Golden Sierra Junior Senior High School’s current focus on the junior high, 21st century instructional technology upgrades and Facilities Master Planning.  

It was an honor for BOMUSD to host the EDC Board of Trustees and to share, through student demonstrations, a glimpse of the many successes of the district’s initiatives outlined in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).