HHS Innovative Programs Discussed on PBS Roundatable

Congressman Randy Hultgren cited Huntley High School as an example of a public school that is innovating to meet the needs of today’s students during a roundtable discussion hosted by PBS NewsHour at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The roundtable, titled ‪#‎RethinkHighSchool‬, was moderated by Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour and featured a panel including Congressman Hultgren, Dr. Debbie Jackson of Cleveland State University, recent high school graduate Shristi Ghosh of Cleveland, and Andrew Brennan, national field director for the Student Voice organization.

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Posted by XQ America on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Topics included increasing STEM education, balancing the roles of local, state, and federal entities in education, funding, and innovations to best prepare students for the future. Hultgren referenced the visit he made to HHS in April, during which he got a first-hand look at the school’s Blended Learning and Medical Academy programs.

“The kids are doing phenomenally well with this,” Hultgren said. “It’s incredible—technology and ideas coming together.”

He cited Blended Learning as a solution that has worked well for students at HHS by enabling them to own and customize the way they learn. He also referenced the Medical Academy’s PLTW Biomedical Innovations course, in which students designed and produced prototypes of ideas to solve real-world medical problems.

He also noted that District 158, with a per-student expenditures rate about 30% lower than the state average, is an example that effective solutions do not necessarily require expensive costs.

The full video may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/XQAmerica/videos/1035243393249372/. The Congressman’s remarks on HHS begin around the 25:45 mark.