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Green Bay School District working to evolve how students get quality education


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Area School District is looking to re-define how they teach students.

That was part of Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld's "State of the District" address, which was given to the public and media Tuesday at Green Bay West High School.

Langenfeld says that customizing education to meet each student's individual needs for success will help improve test scores and graduation rates.

"I think you can't do status quo anymore if you're going to afford all students a pathway to success, students are about choice and change," says Langenfeld. "We recognize that students need change, and that we can't afford to offer students the same old, same old, while engaging them in their learning."

The district says it hopes to address those needs by a philosophy of “your choice, your path, your tomorrow.”

Langenfeld says the district looks to expand the following programs:

  • K-12 International Baccalaureate
  • Spanish Immersion
  • Gifted Learning at Langlade School
  • Nature-based 4K at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
  • John Dewey Academy of Learning
  • iLearnGreenBay integrated learning (grades 9 & 10)
  • East Institute for Fine Arts
  • NWTC partnerships for middle schoolers

Langenfeld says she doesn’t expect these programs to cost the taxpayers much more than already budgeted, including a possible referendum. 

“At this point in time, we don't anticipate any increase in costs. Again it goes back to realigning resources and rethinking how we do business,” Langenfeld explained.

The superintendent outlined student readiness as a main area that the district could improve upon.

Last year, 20 percent of incoming kindergarteners could not recognize letters or numbers, and could not properly write with a pencil. Langenfeld says it will take involvement on all fronts: parents, birth-to-three-years educators, and the community at large to make sure these children have the skills to learn.

The Green Bay Area Public School District will host two sessions this week for parents, students and the community. It will focus on these new areas of education customization.

They  will be on Thursday, January 24, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at East High School, and on Saturday, January 26 at West High School from 10:30 a.m. to noon.