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Spring 2017 Impact

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45 Fueled by Steam: Our Transformational Journey from Silos to Interdependence Donna J. DeSiato, Ph.D. and Kathy Southwell, M.S. C.A.S. As educators, we proclaim that we are preparing all students to be college and career ready. What must we do to ensure that the desired and required educational outcomes of being college and career ready are intentionally and systemically integrated into the transformation of our educational systems? During the past decade, the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District has cultivated a common, shared vision and forged strong partnerships with families, business and higher education in developing and implementing innovative learning designs. is article highlights some of the benchmarks of our journey from an industrial-aged model school district built in the 1960's to a nationally recognized STEM Learning Ecosystem (esmschools.org). At ESM, our common ground, as educators, is vested in our belief that all students can and will learn. e engagement of all stakeholders in developing a common shared vision and mission that focuses on student learning is critical to the success of shiing the learning environment. Recognizing and valuing the voices and talents of all of our stakeholders, including our students, provided a solid Dr. Donna J. DeSiato is a Superintendent. Kathy Southwell is the Executive Director of Curriculum, Learning & Assessment for East Syracuse Minoa Central School District.

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