Moorhead Area Public Schools has partnered with five other educational entities in the Fargo-Moorhead area to develop the ESTEEM Consortium (Encouraging Science, Technology,
Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math). Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, along with leaders from Fargo Public Schools, West Fargo Public Schools, South East Education Cooperative, North Dakota State University, and North Dakota State College of Science signed the memorandum of understanding in a ceremony Jan. 26 at NDSU.
The ESTEEM Consortium’s public-private partnership will serve as a catalyst for advancing educators through professional development and creating environments where students have opportunities to take charge of their own learning in a culture of questioning, creativity and possibilities, while utilizing community and private sector resources to their full potential. This unique opportunity to integrate education, STEM-based careers and research will build capacity and serve as a direct pathway for workforce development.
Sanford Health and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation have already been involved in strategic planning with the ESTEEM consortium.
Dr. David Flowers, superintendent of West Fargo Public Schools, shared remarks during the Jan. 26 ceremony. He spoke to the importance of students learning 21st century skills such as creativity, communication and collaboration skills and that the consortium can model those skills first.
Following the ceremony, Kovash reinforced Flowers’ comments.
“In the Moorhead Area Public Schools, we want our students to have the skills they need for the future, including creativity, communication and collaboration skills,” she said. “By committing to work with the other partners and the private sector on this effort we’ll provide opportunities for our teachers and students to advance in the areas of science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and math.”