Youth Leadership Conference in Dothan

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

For many students, going to school and opening a book can be boring and repetitive.
And that's something the superintendent of Dothan City Schools wants to change.

“We are behind. When I say we I mean we as a nation. Not just Dothan, not Alabama, but as a nation we're behind and we need to explore ways children can use technology in the classroom.” Dothan City Schools Superintendent Tim Wilder said.

Student leaders from Dothan high schools were given the chance to talk with superintendent wilder about some thoughts that were "outside the box"
One idea is called b-y-o-d.
Now it’s not what you’re thinking.
It means bring your own device, an idea that's exciting children around the nation.

“I saw some bright eyes. And I saw some engagement and I saw actually more interaction.” Wilder said.

It would allow students to learn through technology and get hands on experience from the internet.
And although it may not happen in Dothan city schools just yet, wilder wants students to see if this could be something they are interested in.

“The challenge is today is bring back ideas. Talk to your principals, talk to your teachers Dothan and Northview get together and bring a solution or bring some ideas to me or their principals and let's talk about it.” Wilder said.

And giving the student a chance to be involved in this idea, is something officials say, they shouldn't pass up

“You’re not entitled to anything but one thing, opportunity. And you have to do the most with that opportunity that you can, and you will, or you wouldn't be here today.” Troy Dothan Chancellor Dr. Don Jeffery said.

“Without their leadership, without them buying in it won’t happen.” Wilder said.

And if there are no changes to how students are taught in the future, school administrators think the system will continue to fall behind.
Another change that students will definitely see this year, is the common core standards being taught.
This will allow students to learn subjects that they can relate to real world problems, and find real world solutions.

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