School board members from around the South converged on the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi Monday for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Southern Region Conference. The conference, hosted by the Mississippi School Boards Association, focused
on the ever-changing world around us and the challenges that presents to the public education system.
"As our lives, communities, and the world around us are constantly changing, our nation's education system must change as well," said C. Ed Massey, the 2012-13 President of the NSBA in a letter to the school board members.
DOT USA was present for the conference as one of many exhibitors and seemed to fit in perfectly with the message of a "constantly changing" education system. Although not all school board members had heard of DOT's TeachUp! Program because it has not yet expanded to their state, there was definitely a buzz surrounding the booth and the program. Early in the week one of the session speakers even pointed out the positive impact TeachUp! has had in empowering teachers and students in Mississippi and Louisiana.
The NSBA Southern Region Conference shed light on the problems educators face in a world that is rapidly moving forward at an ever-quickening pace. Through partnering with these educators, DOT USA and the TeachUp! Program may be the catalyst needed to give teachers confidence with technology in the classroom and young minds the tools to succeed. As Mr. Massey said, "We must take on the tough challenges and adapt to change."
Since its inception in 2006, DOT USA and the TeachUp! Program have worked to empower more than 16,000 teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage over 480,000 students in technology-infused, project-driven lessons which challenge them to collaborate, be creative, and think critically - skills that will prove vital to success in a 21 st century global workforce.
Article and Photo By Justin Sellers