Grantee Corner | Lansing School District
Spanning 52 square miles and located in the center of Michigan’s state capital, Lansing School District is the state’s fifth largest local education agency. The urban district serves 12,100 students in 27 schools. Over the past 25 years, the student body has transitioned from 58 percent White and 42 percent minority to 29 percent White and 71 percent minority. Nearly 18 percent of the students are English language learners who come from 67 different countries and speak 53 native languages.
The Lansing School District received Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant funding to implement magnet programs at six high-need urban schools: Cavanaugh Elementary School (preK-3), Fairview Elementary School (preK-3), Lewton Elementary School (4-6), Mt. Hope Elementary School (4-6), Sheridan Road Elementary School (4-6), and Everett High School (7-12).
At Cavanaugh and Mt. Hope, science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) is the magnet focus. Students will acquire skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with a strategic infusion of the physical, manual, social, and visual arts. The arts component focuses on the engineering design process of architecture and robotics. Cavanaugh students will also learn digital environmental management systems and Mt. Hope students will learn digital microscopy, digital imaging, and computer-aided design. Both schools will use Buck Institute’s Project Based Learning and Discovery Education instructional strategies.
Fairview and Sheridan Road schools will implement Project Lead the Way STEM. Students will acquire skills in STEM with a focus on technological literacy for biomedical and environmental engineering design. The instructional strategies used at both schools include Project Lead the Way and the Boston Museum of Science—Engineering is Elementary model. Strong emphasis will also be placed on robotics and mechanical design.
Project Lead the Way actively engages students by stimulating their interest to make connections between their content-specific classes and the real world. This instructional model provides a middle grades curriculum that integrates students’ learning experiences instead of keeping math, science, engineering, and technology in separate learning silos.
Global studies and Spanish immersion is Lewton’s magnet focus. Students will acquire skills via a two-way immersion approach with research-based teaching strategies. Online learning and global studies curricular models in a technical lab setting will prepare students to pursue future coursework in foreign languages and cultural studies.
Everett High School follows the “school within a school” magnet model. The magnet program aims to serve 600 students, who will receive an immersive learning experience. The full STEM curriculum will be augmented by a technology platform designed to assist students in developing problem-solving, creative thinking, and entrepreneurial skills while increasing mastery of core content knowledge and academic competencies as catalysts for college readiness and lifelong learning.
Delsa Chapman serves as the MSAP Project Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources education from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in agriculture and extension education from Michigan State University, and is pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. She is an experienced lead teacher, science department chair, school reform site coordinator, magnet school focus teacher, and building administrator. Before being named to the Project Director position, Ms. Chapman was Principal at Lansing STEM Academy.
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