Lincoln Elementary School First Grade Teacher Dawn Douds and Librarian Denice Pazuchanics joined Bethel Park Public Librarian Elaine Volpe on a panel discussion at the Institute for Digital Innovation, Education and Family Engagement, held at the WQED studios.
The Institute brought together educators, community partners, philanthropic leadership, government representatives and decision-makers to participate in several in-depth sessions designed to help local leaders to prioritize how to use digital innovation as a new approach in family engagement in the 21st century.
The panel discussion topic for Bethel Park was “WQED Ready to Learn and Inquire Within,” and the panelists talked about the many partnerships that Lincoln and the Bethel Park Public Library have participated in together, as well as partnerships formed with WQED and local businesses and how these partnerships could serve as a model for other schools.
Programs they talked about included the After School Mentor Program with older Lincoln students and younger Lincoln students, to improve their reading and math skills using PBS Kids programming; the Family PBS Kids Scratch Nights; the Spring Into Lincoln Pre-School Program and the Sustainable School Garden. Besides the partnerships with WQED and the Library, the panelists also credited their partnerships with local businesses such as Evey Hardware and organizations such as the South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM).