Guilford County Schools Partners with Ed Farm to Elevate Learning Experiences Through Innovation and Technology
April 28, 2021 – Guilford County Schools (GCS) is partnering with Education Farm (Ed Farm) — an innovative, tech-focused education and workforce development organization headquartered in Birmingham. This partnership will expand Ed Farm’s reach past Alabama and will advance Ed Farm’s mission to cultivate change and promote innovation in education.
"A core focus of our work is to equip educators with the tools they need to transform learning experiences and prepare young people to thrive in an ever-changing world," said Ed Farm CEO Waymond Jackson. "We are excited to partner with the first two virtual schools in GCS and career and technical education (CTE) programs furthering our goals of providing immersive learning experiences to all students, especially those in underserved communities.”
GCS and Ed Farm’s partnership efforts will empower innovators, promote computer science, ignite the next generation of coders and equip educators with advanced technology. Through signature programs such as Teacher Fellows and Code Clubs, Ed Farm provides students and teachers with resources and tools to advance their skills.
“An equitable education system is a core value for GCS,” said GCS Interim Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Eboni C. Chillis. “Through our partnership with Ed Farm, we will be able to provide more advanced innovative learning opportunities for K-12 and adult learners.”
The Teacher Fellows program equips educators with strategies through innovative professional learning and coaching cycles. Teachers will receive support from Apple Distinguished Educators and professional learning specialists. Teachers will be fully prepared to teach students to thrive in an ever-changing world and inspire continuous learning with their colleagues.
The Code Clubs program makes technology accessible to students K-12 while teaching vital problem-solving skills applicable in all facets of their lives. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to code using Swift—Apple’s in-demand coding language and participate in artificial intelligence (AI) learning based projects that will teach them about app development. This customized curriculum provides a unique experience that will spark creative ideas to transform our world.