Groveport Madison Schools’ new educational programs presented

Groveport Madison school administrative officials presented plans for the following educational programs at the Dec. 10 board of education meeting:

•Pathways Programs – Displaying a commitment to career readiness and aligning with Ohio Department of Education initiatives, Groveport Madison would incorporate career pathways into the high school curriculum. The program will provide students with an opportunity to explore a variety of careers choices and professions while addressing core academic areas. Twenty-five new elective courses will be designed by education and industry level professionals aimed at providing students with skills and knowledge to achieve success upon graduation. The program will offer internships, job-shadowing opportunities, and hands-on experiences relevant to student selected interests. The central themes will align with student survey data that indicated interest in health services, arts and humanities, as well as business and information technology. The district is looking  to build relationships with local businesses and industries to facilitate the pathways program through community involvement.

•Naviance – This computer based program provides guidance for students to better prepare them for college.  The program be able to monitor the progress of alumni and use information to adjust courses offered to college bound students.

•Kindergarten readiness program to support pre-schoolers.  Designed to partner with parents to help prepare children for entry into kindergarten, the goal is to provide each child with opportunities for learning in the areas of academics, social and emotional needs. The plan is to provide each child a learning tablet programmed with digital curriculum for home use. Participation will require the child and parent to attend school-sponsored sessions. Parents will participate in group discussions about development and skill readiness while their child will spend time interacting with other children to build social skills necessary for school success.

•Response to Intervention – This program helps to reduce the number of students identified for special education by providing timely and targeted intervention throughout the system of educational services.

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