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At STEM3 Academy, sticking to the norm doesn't work.
In fact, the school was launched to do just the opposite.
"Our emphasis is on learning versus teaching," said Dr. Ellis Crasnow, the school's director. "Our students learn by doing, experiencing and constructing rather than just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher."
A former teacher of the year from downstate Effingham who has used hip-hop, technology and even video games to get his students excited about learning has been named one of 10 finalists in an international teaching competition where the winner will receive a $1 million prize.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is charged with promoting "…student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access." ED's mission of equity in education served as a central driver in the development of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP16) — Future Ready Learning: Reimagining Technology's Role in Education.