Commerce Leadership Institute visits CISD
Artist-in-residence Andres Cadena showed CLI members his interpretation of the American flag during the group's visit to A. C. Williams Elementary School. 


Commerce ISD rolled out the red carpet this week for members of the Commerce Leadership Institute as they made their annual visit to Commerce schools during Texas Public Schools Week. Superintendent Mike Roberts is a member of the CLI class this year. At Commerce High School, visitors were welcomed by Principal Mitch Curry and Curriculum Director Danna Myers who showed the group how technology is used in different subject areas to enhance learning. CHS math teacher Kevin Shaw showcased his TI Navigator system which enables wireless communication between the students’ graphing calculators and the teacher’s PC which can be projected onto a white board by using the Mimio system. The technology tools enhance instruction by providing interactive learning and also allow real-time formative assessment. Participants used the system to find the equation that would model the St. Louis Arch which was immediately plotted for the group to see on the white board. In Marilyn Thompson’s art class, a student showed the group how PhotoShop is used in art classes. The group also visited the Tech 2000 lab, which was recently updated. Members of the group moved from station to station asking questions of the students who were working on digital media, flight simulation, injection molding, robotic and broadcasting projects. Much of the technology showcased was funded by the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation. The CLI class next visited A.C. Williams Elementary School where they saw third graders perform excerpts from their “Go Fish” musical which will be presented Thursday, March 13. Artwork was displayed throughout the school and much of it was available for sale at the Art Show held Tuesday night. The annual ACW art show is a much anticipated event for students, parents and staff. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork are used to benefit ACW programs and field trips. During lunch, ACW Principal Julia Robinson showed architectural plans of the new A.C. Williams School which will be built across from Commerce Middle School.
The Commerce Leadership Institute, which is sponsored by the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, introduces future leaders to the government and civic organizations that make up the city.  

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