St. Johns Schools, CMU To See Agricultural Focus Under Partnership

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) – An agreement between Central Michigan University and St. Johns Public Schools will bring a focus on agriculture to a Lansing-area school.

Concepts in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, will be introduced with an agricultural focus at Gateway Elementary in St. Johns. It also will be a professional development school for the university.

Jason Gnegy, curriculum coordinator for St. Johns Public Schools, says CMU will be able to place pre-service student teachers and student teachers at the school. Pre-service teachers observe a classroom and can assist teachers.

University professors will hold classes for CMU students at Gateway and conduct research on teaching.

Michael Gealt, CMU executive vice president and provost, says students “are going to understand the importance of agricultural science and STEM.”

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