As Director of Teaching and Learning - STEAM, Pari facilitates and support the development of curriculum and programming in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, PreK-12. In addition, the professional learning of educators within MPS with regards to Math and Science is enhanced through the work of coaches, STEM Specialists and building leaders collaborating within the STEAM department.
The integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics is at the heart of the STEAM department. Students engage in hands-on experiences that educate them in the four specific disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. These experiences include but are not limited to, coding, invention, experimentation and the use of written science sources to support students' development as “future ready” which means preparing students to be creators of, not just consumers of, technology.
Manchester is a Google District -- and all students (and staff) have Google accounts and thus access to Google Workspace tools and support. The use of technology has become a priority as the district responds to the changing landscape due to COVID-19. The district quickly became a one to one device district PK-12. All PK-Grade 1 students were issued iPads for remote/hybrid programming. In addition to Google, these students are submitting work through Seesaw, a learning management program that allows them to quickly and easily share video and voice recordings as well as pictures of their work with their teachers. Students in grades 2-8 continue to use Chromebooks. Also, for the first time, thanks to a partnership between the State of CT and the Dalio Foundation, all students in grades 9-12 were provided with convertible, touchscreen laptops.