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Irvington Schools Lead The Way For Local Districts

The Irvington Union Free School District recently implemented Project Lead the Way and demonstrated the program to area curriculum leaders.
The Irvington Union Free School District recently implemented Project Lead the Way and demonstrated the program to area curriculum leaders. Photo Credit: Submitted

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- The Irvington Union Free School District recently demonstrated its implementation of the Project Lead the Way program to curriculum leaders from various districts in Putnam and Westchester counties.

“As colleagues, we share the practices in our districts and, at times, visit to get a clearer picture,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Human Resources Raina Kor. “STEM-based curricula is a topic that all school districts are addressing, and therefore the visit was timely.”

Visitors spoke with students and asked questions from Kor, technology teacher Gwenn Carney, math coach Christine Rosner, Dows Lane Elementary School Principal Deborah Mariniello and Assistant Principal Margaret Benedetto, Main Street School Principal Joyce Chapnick and Coordinator of Technology Jesse Lubinsky.

Project Lead the Way provides rigorous and innovative science, technology, engineering and math curricula by allowing students to apply critical thinking skills and knowledge to real-life, hands-on engineering and technology projects.

Third-graders in the PLTW classroom demonstrated their recent activity exploring the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object to create a machine. The students used the interactions between a wheel, axles, levers and an inclined plane.

“I hope that we were able to share a well-developed approach and implementation to STEM-based learning,” Kor said. “Hopefully the visit helped inform their thinking whether they are planning to use PLTW or not. Seeing and hearing students provides insight to the potential of such a dynamic learning environment.”

The program was expanded to Dows Lane third graders, Main Street School fourth graders and Irvington Middle School seventh graders for the first time this year.

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