February 20, 2018

Heart of West Michigan United Way & GRPS Partner Provide STEM Curriculum to Middle School Students

WHAT:           Thanks to the support of Heart of West Michigan United Way, Grand Rapids Public Schools is investing in a new, comprehensive science curriculum PK- 12.  United Way funding specially went to the middle school portion with emphasis on improving student outcomes on state assessments.  Media will have the opportunity to meet with the organizations’ leaders, Westwood Middle School Principal, science teachers and students to see how the curriculum is being used in the classrooms.

WHAT:           Thanks to the support of Heart of West Michigan United Way, Grand Rapids Public Schools is investing in a new, comprehensive science curriculum PK- 12.  United Way funding specially went to the middle school portion with emphasis on improving student outcomes on state assessments.  Media will have the opportunity to meet with the organizations’ leaders, Westwood Middle School Principal, science teachers and students to see how the curriculum is being used in the classrooms.

 

WHO:              Teresa Weatherall Neal, Superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools

Michelle Van Dyke, President/CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way

Dennis Branson, Principal, Westwood Middle School

Mike Hastings, Science Teacher, Westwood Middle School

 

WHEN:            Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:15 am 

WHERE:         Westwood Middle School located at 1525 Mt. Mercy Drive, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

WHY:              In July 2017, Heart of West Michigan United Way prioritized funding in three areas: Family Stability, Youth Education (Middle School STEM), and Financial Security.

                        The overall purpose of United Way’s investment in this curriculum is to achieve high standards of academic excellence for all students that aligns to our commitment to improving middle school readiness in math and science.

                        Discovery Education’s mission is to transform teaching and learning through innovative partnerships with districts and schools that positively impact student achievement.  The curriculum is aligned with the goals of Talent 2025, K-Connect, the Talent Triangle, and the GRPS Academic Plan. It also is further enhanced thanks to the vote-approved bond investments in new technology for students and teachers.