Want to get to know a major education innovator in Fort Wayne? A school system that excels in skilled trades, arts and sciences, and communication? A school system that offers project- and inquiry-based learning models to help develop new types of thinkers through the New Tech teaching model? That has the only high school in Northeast Indiana with the globally renowned International Baccalaureate program (and for over 20 years)? Who boasts its diversity with students from 6 continents and 70 home languages spoken? Ready to find out who is excelling at education in your back yard?
It’s your 160 year old public school system, Fort Wayne Community Schools! Surprised? Read on to find out how you can learn more.
There’s been a lot of talk about the state of public education recently – about quality, effectiveness, and choice. School choice is a buzzword now, but FWCS has been promoting choice for nearly 40 years. We all have a variety of ways to get information to help us make that choice – whether that be social media, a website, or just a chat with friends over coffee. But, really, what’s better than seeing for yourself? That’s why, annually Fort Wayne Community Schools invites local business and community leaders on their Seeing is Believing tour to see how FWCS is preparing students for their futures in businesses and organizations in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana.
Seeing is Believing is a four-year partnership with Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., Excursions Trailways, and the Fort Wayne Area PTA. Why does Greater Fort Wayne want more community members to see what goes on in their public schools? Cheri Becker, Vice President of Investor Services, Programs & Marketing describes it this way, “The Seeing is Believing tour gives business and community leaders an opportunity to see what’s happening inside our schools and connect with educators and students. … GFW Inc.’s role is to be a connector. For the business community, understanding our school system is helpful when recruiting new talent to the area. Those families and individuals with children want to know that their children can succeed in the educational system before they decide to relocate. Likewise future business success depends on a well prepared workforce, Seeing is Believing allows the business community and the educational community to understand each other’s future needs and to work toward that successful end.”
This year’s Seeing is Believing tour will be on Thursday, March 23rd. The tour promises to be very exciting with participants meeting with FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson and FWCS Board of Trustees President Julie Hollingsworth. Participants will also learn about schools and programs on student-lead tours of Wayne High School and the New Tech Academy @ Wayne. Finally, they will interact with the principal, assistant principal, and Wayne and New Tech students over lunch.
In a world of information overload, learn about your public school system with your own eyes. As Becker says, “Our community’s future is in our schools and our youth.” Sign up for the Seeing is Believing tour today! The program is FREE, but space is limited. To register and to learn more, click here or visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.
Full disclosure: The author is employed by Fort Wayne Community Schools.