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Natrona County School District Works on New Curriculum

By: Dean Johnson Email
By: Dean Johnson Email

  "Research has shown that students that are engaged in their education by being able to actually answer questions of how will I use this later, actually learn it for real and will take that learning and be able to put it to use."  - CACD Academy Coach Molly Voris

Although with the completion of the new CAPS facility on the west side of town, the Natrona County School District will also unveil their new curriculum. CACD Academy Coach Molly Voris says, "Research has shown that students that are engaged in their education by being able to actually answer questions of how will I use this later, actually learn it for real and will take that learning and be able to put it to use."

The last two and a half years the Natrona County School District has been working on a new curriculum that better prepares students for their future, and by this time next year you could see it in the district’s classrooms.

Executive Director of Curriculum Kelly Hornby says, "Within the Academy framework we're kinda leaning toward right now designing about 24 different pathways."

The new curriculum is like that of a college setting where students will choose classes pertaining to their professional interests. Banner Academy Coach Pattie Kimble says, "What we're going to try to offer is career-focused experiences for students. So we're not just doing classroom work, but we're also doing internships, opportunities for students to get out into the community and explore careers. "

The curriculum will be taught in all of the Natrona County high schools, as administration expects it not only to prepare students for the future, but keep them in school. "We're attempting to have rigorous, relevant education for kids to keep them in school," Hornby said.

The new teaching techniques allow students who choose not to attend college to have some skills available for their line of work. Acme Academy Coach Mance Hurley says, "We haven't been focusing that much on kids that necessarily don't want to go to college or need to have a good career. There are a lot of really valuable careers out there. Hopefully we'll fill that need to get more kids going into those types of careers where they can make a very good living without going to college.”

It will also allow students to not only be taught by the teacher themselves, but professionals actually in their career choice. "We hope that in addition to the teachers in the classroom that we will have industry people come in and help teach those activities so that students are getting real experience," Kimble said.


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