Case Study Wayland Union Schools

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At Wayland Union Schools, media classes for all grades are part of the district's commitment preparing students for the 21st century world of work and college. Kids of all ages learn lessons in literacy, research and inquiry, critical thinking and communications. Case Study: Wayland Union Schools Wayland, Michigan Investing in the future – today At a time when many schools across the country are cutting media programs and media specialists, Wayland Union Schools in Michigan is heading the opposite direction. The district of six schools and 2,800 students – which sits between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo – added two new library media specialists in 2013 as well as media classes that focus on 21st century skills. It is a forward-thinking move that speaks to the district's commitment to creating students who are critical thinkers, life-long learners and contributing members of society. "Expanding the district media program is a win-win for our students and teachers," says Teresa Fulk, Director of Technology & Media Services. "Not only does it enhance instruction for our students, our teachers are also gaining valuable resources in the area of media and technology." "Students are learning important skills that will apply to college and career readiness," says Kelly Boston, one of two new media specialists. Boston and the three other media specialists in the district instruct students – even the very young – during weekly lessons on things such as literacy; social, ethical and human issues regarding technology applications and productivity tools; research and inquiry; and communications. Those skills are then reinforced in all grades and throughout the curriculum. F o l l e t t C h a l l e n g e . c o m 2 0 1 3 - 2 0 1 4 F o l l e t t C h a l l e n g e

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