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Editorial: Supporting innovative learning smart idea

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Learning can be fun and exciting.

Teachers who use creative ways to engage students can make school a positive experience and lessons tangible.

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation affirms this concept. It recently awarded a record amount of Bright Ideas Innovation Teacher Grants to teachers around the district. Grants totaling more than $18,000 were given to 10 recipients.

One recipient, Central Middle School’s drama club, is using its $1,200 grant to present a short play about the parts of speech. Characters include an arrogant noun and an excitable interjection. The 13 middle school students with parts in the play will travel to local elementary schools to perform.

You can bet the elementary school students will remember that play — and learn a thing or two.

And the middle school students are not only learning but teaching.

That’s quite a bang for the buck.

Innovation is one of the foundation’s three areas of initiative, along with opportunity and equity.

“The more we put into education, the more the community benefits. People want to come into an innovative district,” said Ethan Crough, the foundation’s director.

That’s an important message to remember.

Education efforts locally and statewide are focusing on closing the skills gap between what employers need and what talents workers have. Employers want employees with higher skill levels.

Students who are engaged in learning early are more likely to pursue advanced levels of education.

Employers benefit with more skilled workers.

Employees benefit with higher wages.

And communities that can provide skilled workers become attractive for economic investment.

Supporting innovative learning is a no-brainer.

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