Osceola County and Valencia Educators Partner Through “Go Vertical” Program


A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

More than 40 high school math and science teachers from the School District of Osceola County participated with Valencia math and science faculty in the third annual “Go Vertical” program, an initiative designed to help align curriculum in math, English/language arts and science in the fifth through 12th grades in Osceola County schools with gateway courses at Valencia.

High school teachers spent the afternoon of, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Osceola Campus learning about many of our career and educational pathways that lead to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. They participated in concurrent sessions, focused on specific programs followed by a divergent/convergent thinking exercise designed to brainstorm ideas for infusing STEM career information into their classes.

Thanks to the following Valencia faculty and staff members who helped to facilitate the sessions: Charles Davis, coordinator, career program advisor; Lisa Macon, dean, engineering, computer programming and technology; Melanie Rodriguez, coordinator, career program advisor; Susan Ingersoll, professor, biology; Vanessa Lopez, coordinator, transfer program advisor; Teresa Higginbotham, coordinator, program advisor; Shara Lee, campus director, faculty and instructional development; and Katie Tagye, professor, speech and Collaborative Design Center faculty fellow.

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