22 Mar What is BEACON House, Inc. planning for the 4 State and why?
BEACON House, Inc., which stands for Building Equity in Achievement through Community Outreach Networks, seeks to increase STEAM education for students from low-income households and minority backgrounds or who are special needs or may be exceptional learners under the right circumstances. A new nonprofit focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, math and the arts) education has formed in Washington County, Md.
BEACON House, Inc., also plans to create next generation science standard-aligned curriculum that integrates common core English, language arts and mathematics standards in project-based units and lessons for elementary teachers and students. The focus will begin with kindergarten, first grade, and second grade in summer 2017 and will expand to include third, fourth and fifth grade in fall 2017.
In addition to providing STEAM workshops for students, BEACON House, Inc., will be offering professional development opportunities for area educators in summer and fall 2017.
“We want to provide area educators with exposure to STEAM activities that they can then take back to the classroom to apply to their own classes,” said Williams.
Although BEACON House’s initial efforts will be focused in Washington and Frederick County, Maryland, teachers in the four-state area of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania will be eligible to participate in pilot opportunities to use the new STEAM curriculum in their classrooms at no cost to the instructor.
“We’re thrilled with the support we’ve already received from the community, especially area educators,” said Williams. “BEACON House is just getting started, but we anticipate expanding beyond Western Maryland in the future and offering STEAM workshops, training and activities to educators and students throughout the four-state area.”