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Center for Innovative Teaching
To accomplish our mission statement of "ensuring an exceptional education that leads each student to become a high achieving and responsible citizen," the Barrow County School System intentionally grows its teachers and students by supporting innovations in both teaching and learning.
The nexus of the system’s support for innovation is our Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT) located at 84 West Midland Avenue in Winder. Within the CFIT campus, students, teachers, and other stakeholders have access to unique and flexible creative spaces such as the district's first Black Box Theater and Dance Studios. These spaces have served as points of inspiration and research for system-wide projects like the Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy, opening August 2020.
Other innovative spaces at CFIT include the 5000+ square foot Ed Morrison Makerspace & Discovery Lab, dedicated theater and visual arts classrooms, music technology lab, several large meeting spaces, and an Innovative Learning Garden supported through partnerships that include UGA Grow It, Know It, and the State Botanical Garden's Connect to Protect Program.
A three-year program of job embedded, project based professional development focused on the development of exemplary arts integrated units of study that are delivered with the highest fidelity through collaborative planning and coteaching in partnership with ArtsNow Learning, Inc.
Sixth through Eighth grade students experience arts integration and innovative teaching each day of the school year. Cohorts of AIM students are selected via lottery from all four of Barrow County School System's middle schools.
The Ed Morrison Makerspace & Discovery Lab is dedicated to Ed Morrison, former BCSS Special Projects Manager, whose visionary work in innovative learning inspired students and teachers to be Barrow BOLD. The Makerspace has 5,000 sq feet of engineering and technology resources.
ArtsNow is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming education through arts integration and innovative practices by providing professional development and educational resources. As a nationally recognized leader of innovative professional learning working across the state of Georgia and beyond, ArtsNow has proudly been in partnership with Barrow County School System for more than a decade.
Now, ArtsNow is in a district-wide partnership with the Barrow County School System to help plan, develop, and lead programs at the Center For Innovative Teaching. To help support this vision, ArtsNow has established regional offices and a professional learning hub at the CFIT.
Our STEAMmates are special partners whose support directly and significantly impacts student learning. We are grateful for each STEAMmate's committment to the Barrow BOLD vision of building learning differently through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics at CFIT and throughout the school system.
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