The London City School District has a long-established commitment to providing high-quality Science Technology Engineering Art and Math programs for students. This summer, those efforts were recognized on a national level. In early July at the Jason Learning National Conference in Leesburg, Virginia, the London City School District was recognized as an Emerging STEM District by the American Association of School Administrators and Jason Learning. The recognition is the culmination of a rigorous credentialing process, which took place during the 2022-2023 school year and included a lengthy application and site visit.
In awarding this honor, the credentialing team noted that London was truly outstanding when it came to developing a culture of STEM throughout the entire school district. Dr. Eleanor Smalley, President and CEO of Jason Learning, also provided feedback regarding the district’s application:
London City artifacts demonstrated an outstanding innovation, risk-taking, and development environment that integrated STEM entrepreneurship, digital literacy, scientific literacy, and innovation.
London City's Student STEM Advisory group is groundbreaking! Getting that student-level feedback directly to the Superintendent is such a fabulous idea. This is something that London City should present to inspire other districts to set up similar student advisory groups.
We were impressed with the evaluation, self-reflection, and internal discussions designed for continual improvement.
London City has an outstanding array of STEM offerings for every student in every grade level. The impact and integration of STEM across each school and each classroom as well as the opportunity and expectation that every student will participate, learn, and grow through STEM and scientific thinking and inquiry.
The district’s focus on strengthening STEAM programs is an effort to provide students with personalized learning opportunities in order to increase innovative, technical, and creative thinking, which began seven years ago. The focus on STEAM also seeks to build collaborative skills and provide opportunities to apply real-world learning experiences for students through the design process. Many of these skills and attributes are identified in the district’s Portrait of a Graduate.
The district will retain its certification for three years, after which, it will be required to participate in a re-credentialing process.
About AASA - The School Superintendent’s Association: A professional community of more than 10,000 educational leaders, AASA and its members are committed to providing high-quality public education to all students.
About Jason Learning - JASON is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. JASON provides curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students and high-quality professional development for teachers. JASON has been used successfully in various formal and informal education environments.