Pikesville Middle School has been chosen as a “Lighthouse” school beginning next fall.
Lighthouse schools are among the first in Baltimore County to put into action the vision of the Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (STAT) program, tagged as “the move to digital learning.” As part of the program, all incoming Pikesville sixth-graders will be given computer tablets, and teachers will receive additional training in how to incorporate technology into the classroom.
Ten elementary schools piloted the new instruction model this academic year.
Baltimore County Public Schools is redesigning its core curriculum to better fit a blended learning environment with an emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills. By the 2017-18 academic year, BCPS plans to roll out several core STAT components, which include having a digital device for every student and teacher and upgraded wireless and broadband infrastructure in every school.
In a video posted online, Ryan Imbriale, executive director of innovative learning at BCPS, and his team can be seen bringing celebratory balloons to seven delighted Baltimore County middle school principals and assistant principals to announce their schools’ new Lighthouse status.