Rend Enterprises bringing a S.T.E.A.M. focused education to Reading, Muhlenburg and neighboring communities
Rend Enterprises’ founder and President, Wanda Marrero, has been meeting with community leaders for the last few months in effort to launch the collaborative process of establishing the Dr. Theodore Villafaña School of Scientific Discoveries.
What is a Charter School?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Charter Schools are independently operated PUBLIC schools that are funded with federal, state and local tax dollars. These schools are established to provide families with more educational alternatives for their children. Charters are non-profit, non-sectarian, organizations that are approved by the local Board of Education (the "authorizer") or the State Appeal Board. Each charter has its own Board of Trustees and administrative staff and operates as a separate, independent local educational agency (LEA) within Intermediate Unit 26 (IU 26). The Pennsylvania Charter School Law - Act 22 of 1997 - set up charters to operate free of many of the local and state requirements that apply to traditional public schools.
The Need for S.T.E.A.M.There is a growing concern among educators, community leaders and policy makers that students are not receiving a strong enough STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, specifically at the lower grades. Many assessments of K-12 students over the last several years have indicated that the United States is falling significantly behind other countries when it comes to student performance, and interest in STEM subject areas. The argument for STEM education is that if the United States continues to lag behind other countries in educating its students in what are deemed necessary 21st century workforce skills in science, technology and most importantly innovation, then the consequences for the economic and political power of the United States may be dire. With students not developing adequate interest in STEM subjects they are not embarking on the kind of STEM careers that will ensure a comfortable economic future for themselves and others. The Dr. Theodore Villafana School of Scientific Discoveries plans to address this concern by integrating STEM throughout its curriculum and using the arts (creativity, natural talents, imagination, and innovation) as an avenue for inspiring the students’ minds to gravitate towards the natural sciences all around them. Thus, we have STEAM (Science &Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, are all based in Mathematical elements).