Make a Difference for Students and Our Community
The employees, citizens, and leaders of tomorrow are in classrooms today.
In fact, your future employee, co-worker, or even CEO may still be in school.
It is the mission of the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) to educate responsible lifelong learners so that each student possesses the skills, knowledge, creativity, sense of self-worth, and values necessary to thrive in and contribute to a diverse and changing world.
This often requires innovation.
Our district will be the first in the state to offer the New Tech educational model. We will be part of a nationwide network of districts and communities developing innovative public schools. Providing engaging and rigorous instruction through project-based learning in a collaborative culture and fully integrated technology, New Tech schools enable students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in life, college, and the careers of tomorrow.
New Tech students are engaged in their learning, are prepared for college when they graduate, and are more likely to enter STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields than the average high school graduate, making WDMCS New Tech an important tool for economic development in our community.
We invite our business, civic, and non-profit partners to engage with us in offering this new avenue for students and making a difference in our local economy, workforce, and community.
Provide Financial Support
WDMCS New Tech schools have a powerful return on investment because our learners will become community employees, citizens, and leaders in the years to come.
As a financial partner, you will make a difference in the lives of many young learners.
How You Can Make a Difference
Our New Tech schools have many upfront costs. WDMCS is providing an electronic device for every student and made a financial commitment in partnering with the New Tech Network for ongoing training and professional development. However, we need your financial support to ensure our program’s success. We have facility updates, furnishing needs, and classroom technology upgrades that could use your support.
We are extremely grateful to be able to offer this opportunity to our learners. Your support helps us to realize our vision for our learners. Any contribution you provide, whether it be resources, talent, or time, will be appreciated.
We have made a promise to all our business partners and supporting foundations that we will produce a
quarterly report on our progress. We will give you an understanding of the changes that occur as a result of your investment. Our learners will be the first to show you the difference you are making in their lives.
What will you receive as a financial supporter?
- Quarterly reports on our data, projects, and more
- Invitation to future business partner meetings
- Satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to the economic growth of our metro area
Sponsor a Project
Real community-based projects are the centerpiece of the New Tech model. In WDMCS New Tech schools, all learning takes place within the context of a larger problem or project. In this way, learning serves a purpose that is tangible to our students. They are not just learning for the sake of learning; they are learning as a way to reach real-world goals.
As an active partner in an ongoing relationship with our group of learners, your guidance and advice will help them reach their goals.
We need business and community partners who are willing to:
- brainstorm projects that are both rooted in the Iowa Core curriculum and used in the workplace
- host learners on a field trip to your place of business
- serve on an expert panel for student presentations (What’s more motivating than knowing that you’ll be presenting your work to a group of experts?)
- evaluate projects, help draft criteria for scoring projects, or come to school for student
Perhaps you have a project idea you’d like us to consider. Perhaps you don’t. That’s completely okay. We’re not asking you to have all the ideas; our teacher-facilitators will do the heavy lifting. You only have to give your time and industry expertise to make our projects more relevant and applicable to the real world.
What are some ways you can help our learners as a project sponsor?
- Help teacher-facilitators to brainstorm project ideas
- Write entry documents to introduce new projects
- Participate in entry events at our schools
- Host learners on a field trip at your place of business
- Sit on a panel of experts for student presentations
- Help teacher-facilitators establish project evaluation criteria
- Provide opportunities outside of school such as internships, job shadows, or tours.
Justin Miller, New Tech Thought Partner/Business Liaison