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Bates Middle School to be part of state group focused on graduate profile

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com
Posted 7/4/20

The requirements for new entrants into the workforce in future years are steeped in critical-thinking skills, problem solving, creativity and innovation.

The state Department of Education recently selected Sumter School District's Bates Middle …

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Bates Middle School to be part of state group focused on graduate profile

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The requirements for new entrants into the workforce in future years are steeped in critical-thinking skills, problem solving, creativity and innovation.

The state Department of Education recently selected Sumter School District's Bates Middle School to participate in a cohort group for the upcoming year that will ultimately help students increase achievement to better meet those 21st-century workforce requirements.

Bates Principal Ayesha Hunter spoke this week about the school's teachers and administrators taking part in the 2020-21 Collective Leadership Institute to drive student mastery of elements in the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.

That profile details the characteristics students need to compete in the global economy.

Teachers and administrators often work on the same achievement goals but do it separately, Hunter said. With the cohort group, teachers take on more leadership roles and work together more with school administrators.

"This will be more collaborating together and finding solutions together as a team," Hunter said.

Bates became a nationally certified STEM-accredited school last year. STEM is interdisciplinary teaching in science, technology, engineering and math, and trends show an increased concentration of jobs in those skill areas for future jobs.

Hunter said Bates applied for the leadership institute cohort because the school's goals are in line with the cohort groups' goals. Those include STEM education, the S.C. graduate's profile and teachers working together with administration.