MAILED: July 20, 2000
Nearly 700 kindergarten through grade 12 educators from northwestern Wisconsin will have the opportunity to attend math, science and technology workshops as participants in this year's 13th annual Cray Academy July 24-28 and July 31- Aug. 4 at Chippewa Falls High School.
More than 32 workshop sessions, with instructional leadership provided by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will be offered during the two weeks. Cray Academy Director Linda Dunahee said the goal of the workshops is to improve teaching, learning and student achievement in the areas of math, science and technology.
"The workshops are designed to provide teachers with hands-on approaches to these subjects that will ultimately help their students succeed in a technology-rich society," she said.
Dunahee added that particular emphasis is being placed on the use of state curriculum standards and assessment as a foundation for the workshops.
In addition to these workshops, more than 40 business and industry tours are scheduled for each week of the Academy. "Businesses and industries contribute to the program by connecting learning of mathematics, science and technology to economic and workforce development issues in our region," Dunahee said. "It is critical for educators to know and be very familiar with our business and industry community."
Cray Academy was the first program of its kind in Wisconsin and has served as a model for the development of 10 other academies in 13 sites around the state. In 1994, the National Science Foundation identified Cray Academy as a national model for staff development. Over the past 12 years, more than 6,000 educators have participated in the Academy.
According to Dunahee, the success of the Cray Academy can be attributed, in great part, to the broad-based involvement of its partners in the community. "UW-Eau Claire has been involved with the program planning team since the first year," she said. "The business and industry involvement has grown from one single company to over 65 across the Chippewa Valley."
In addition, the program is successful because it serves its participants well, Dunahee said. Teachers come away with instructional strategies they can implement in their own classrooms. "The Academy experience puts quality teaching and learning into practice."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 24, 2000