U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Deb Delisle praised the ESC Region 19 Head Start program for its innovativeness at a PreK Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) panel discussion held at the IntelliZeum and assured a return trip with fellow Department of Education colleagues.
The panel conversation with Delisle and other area early learning stakeholders focused on STEM in early childhood education settings and highlighted model programs.
The panel included Dr. Susan Landry, a nationally recognized expert in early childhood education and director of the Children’s Learning Institute and Margarita Astorga, a Pre-K Teacher at John Uxer I Head Start. The panelist highlighted curricular concepts and STEM strategies that enrich early childhood learning for students.
The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) and The Texas School Ready (TSR)! early education project, who coordinated Delisle’ visit, selected the IntelliZeum because of ESC Region 19 Head Start’s innovative approach to STEM in its learning environments.
The TSR! early education project aims to increase children’s school readiness through research-based curriculum and professional development strategies. Delisle also visited a TSR! John Uxer I Head Start center classroom.