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Kansas 2010 Grant Abstract

Grantee Name:

Unified School District 259 dba Wichita Public Schools

Project Name:

Project DREAM

Project Director:

Kimberly Johnson-Burkhalter


(316) 973-4709


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Wichita Public Schools (WPS) will implement Project DREAM (DiscoveRy Engineering and Aerospace Magnet) as a significant revision of its current educational program at Mueller Elementary School Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet. WPS is the largest, most urban and most diverse school district in Kansas and is a Title 1 district on improvement due to not meeting AYP goals in reading and math, WPS will establish the magnet program to increase levels of student achievement and to reduce the isolation of minority groups in the school.

Project DREAM is designed as a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program within which students will learn core subjects through constructivist methodologies under the aerospace and engineering theme. Designed to be effectively implemented in grade appropriate ways to all students, the project will educate up to 750 K – 5 students each year.

The project will weave together proven, evidence based curricula; effective methods of instruction; integration of technology into learning activities; support services; effective partnerships with families; supportive partnerships with businesses, industry, museums, and higher education into a comprehensive 21st century education program.

Extensive professional development will train teachers to prepare students for success in education and for work in the 21st century by being effective facilitators of student learning.

An independent program evaluator will continually assess the program's progress toward attaining the stated goals of: 1) Increasing measures of student achievement in all subject areas, 2) Developing students' competency with 21st century skills, 3) Developing students' higher order thinking and problem solving skills, 4) Developing students' functional interpersonal and study/work habits, 5) Developing teachers' skills as 21st century educators, and 6) Reducing minority group isolation and increasing students' exposure to a diversity of cultures.

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