Watts, partnered with Valeria Walton Cornner of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, proposed a district wide student news outlet created for students by students.
The outlet is needed in today’s current political, socioeconomic, and educational climate, Watts said. In her proposal, she writes: “With less than 20 percent of the students in our district reading at or above proficiency level, the student news will serve as a new resource to engage young readers, building better reading skills and habits. The platform … will allow students across the seven high schools … to collaborate in a way that models global business practices.”
Prewitt, partnered with Forté of the Ed Foundation, proposed a Makerspace collaborative learning environment “where students and its users utilize technology to invent, experiment, and explore, while being challenged to be creative and think outside of the box while using STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). [It] … would serve as a virtual classroom where educators take the curriculum or a teacher-led project and utilize it in these labs. To further make the schools more inviting to parents, schools would partner with businesses that specialize in STEM to provide training in the parent-resource center.”