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How Do Schools Prepare Students For The Digital Economy?

You Asked And Our Panelists Put On Their Thinking Caps

group shot of the facebook live participants Our June 11 Facebook Live participants are (L-R): Chayanne Sandoval-Williams, Lindsey Foat, Amy Gum, and Jeremy Bonneson. (Kelly Lynch-Stange | Flatland)

Jeremy Bonneson, vice principal of Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, asked curiousKC: “How do schools adapt to the ever-changing and disruptive nature of the workforce landscape for today’s digital economy?”

The question was right in our wheelhouse because Kansas City PBS is examining local workforce development efforts through its participation in the national American Graduate project.

It was also a big win for us because at curiousKC, we like to get the question asker involved in answering the inquiry, and Bonneson was on board with that.

It all came together with a Facebook Live broadcast from Summit Tech., where Bonneson took part in a panel discussion with two other participants:

  • Chayanne Sandoval-Williams is a Grandview High School senior, leader in her school’s robotics team, student at Summit Tech., and has plans to pursue a computer science degree.
  • Amy Gum is a lead software engineer at Cerner Corp., and has mentored for FIRST Robotics, Girls in Tech and the Society of Women and Engineers.

The panel’s discussion included how to create “two-way conversations” between high school students and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals and advice for students thinking about a career in STEM.

Have we piqued your curiosity? Submit your questions about education, work, or anything else about the Kansas City region that interests you here.

The Facebook Live panel discussion is below.


We’re live at Summit Technology Academy discussing this question submitted to our #curiousKC initiative: How do schools adapt to the ever-changing and disruptive nature of workforce landscape for…

—Rachel Thomas is a summer intern for Kansas City PBS

—Kansas City PBS is examining the issue of workforce development as part of its participation in the national American Graduate: Getting to Work project, an initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Follow #AmGradKCPT on Facebook and Twitter for local American Graduate content and #AmGrad to see content from across the United States.

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