Dekalb Agriculture Technology & Environment, Inc.
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Our Vision Is Engaging Hands And Minds On Through Environment, Agriculture And Technology.
The goal of DeKalb Agriculture Technology & Environment, Inc. is to educate a student population about the essential need to consider environmental, agriculture, technological ramifications, and other business decisions, via a hands-on, community-oriented instructional curriculum.
The Academy will improve student achievement via a curriculum which:
- Recognizes the important link between technology, agriculture and the environment
- Promotes higher order thinking skills – critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making
- Motivates students by offering a real world context for learning
- Engages learners in investigative, hands-on/minds-on, student-centered, and cooperative activities between industry and environmental groups
- Advances educational reform goals
- Correlates to state and national academic standards
- Considers the environment in its totality, i.e., the co-existence of business and the environment
- Promotes continuous lifelong learning
About Dr. Wills
Dr. Wills is a native of Austin, Texas. Dr. Wills’ skills as an educator and educational administrator have developed throughout a successful career in various fields of education.
With a solid background in educational research and evaluation, Dr. Wills has also served as a consultant to, or member of, numerous educational organizations and initiatives including, Mercer University Educational Study Panel, William Fulbright Scholar Program, Georgia Association of Educators, Association of Curriculum and Instruction, and Association of Supervision and Instruction. He has also received numerous awards and honors including, Extra Mile Award Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Atlanta Constitution and Journal Teacher of the Year Recipient. Dr. Wills was also honored as a William Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar Recipient having the opportunity to study abroad in Japan, which he was only one of two Georgians selected for this prestigious honor. Recently, Dr. Wills has been invited as a guest lecturer to speak on behalf of the charter school movement in America in England.
Dr. Wills’ instructional leadership is deeply rooted in his philosophy of excellence and learning; “Every student will learn, given the opportunity to embrace a climate of high expectations, a committed support system, and connections to the context of the real world, the Three R’s: Learning with Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor!”
Dear (D.A.T.E.) Parents and Students,This year, D.A.T.E.’s faculty, staff, and administration will continue to make an unprecedented effort to reclaim excellence in education, provide educational opportunities for all, and enhance authentic engagement of learning. What does this mean for the D.A.T.E. family? This means that our faculty, staff, and administrators will be committed to ensuring that a quality education, respect for education, and a tolerance for compassion and individuality will be strongly enforced. We are reclaiming our right to have superb learning experiences and I hope you all join me in Reclaiming D.A.T.E.