SOMERTON, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Somerton School District has been selected as a 2020 Merit Award recipient by the National Education Foundation (NEF) for its implementation of STEM into its curriculum.
They will be recognized on June 4, during the NEF's Academy of the Year celebration, which will be held virtually.
The STEM Merit Awards celebrates schools focusing on a strategic approach to learning by making an impact for students and school districts.
Amid a pandemic, Somerton School District in partnership with NEF has used creative digital learning tools for all of its students.
These tools focus on reading, math, robotics and engagement, all while implementing STEM. According to NEF, Somerton continues to excel through this method.
“Having Successmaker through NEF has provided our teachers and students the support that was needed to close gaps not only during the year but during the Herculean task of going online because of the Covid-19 closures. Being able to continue to work on SuccessMaker during this time provided some continuity and stability.”Somerton’s Academy Director Anna Fermanis
“Our world-class STEM+ Academies help students in disadvantaged schools across the nation improve their STEM+ skills, and better prepare them for jobs in the highly competitive 21st-century global economy," said NEF Chairman Dr. Appu Kuttan.
NEF says Somerton School District's success stands-out as a clear example of how to cost-effectively improve student achievement by involving and motivating students, teachers, parents, and administrators.
For information about NEF’s grant programs for students, job seekers, teachers, or veterans, contact NEF at 703-823-9999.