Amy D'Amico, division director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center in Washington, D.C., recently traveled to Baton Rouge for a consultation with The Dunham School Science Department and administrators.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is an organization of the Smithsonian Institution with a 30-year history dedicated to transforming the teaching and learning of science in the nation’s schools, according to a news release.

D’Amico spent three days observing in classrooms, meeting with faculty and administration, touring facilities and planning with school leaders regarding the school’s strategic plan for the future of its STEM and Innovation Program.

A $10,000 grant from the Education Excellence Fund is being used for the STEM and Innovation Program. Dunham, which is recognized as an Apple Distinguished School, continues to expand its STEM and Innovation curriculum schoolwide and recently added two new Innovation Labs for lower and middle schools.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center has developed the Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform model based on five elements: a research-based, inquiry-driven science curriculum, differentiated professional development, administrative and community support, materials support and assessment, the release said.