STEM Education


  • STEM Framework
     
    STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. While originally designed to encourage more students to pursue careers in these specific areas, STEM education has evolved into a unique approach to teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students. STEM education strives to produce the kind of thinkers, innovators and problem solvers to be successful in a competitive global society.
     
     
    Design Principles
     1. We embrace a culture of discovery, design and communication.
    We are naturally curious and try to make sense of the world through our own experiences.  We embrace inquiry and question the world around us; We use a design process in all phases of our work as a structure for discovery and problem solving. Students are encouraged to be designers of their own learning.
     
    2. We address real-world issues through project-based trans-disciplinary approaches.
    We are committed to a learner-centered approach that places relevant issues and real-world problems at the center of instructional design. Student learning is contextualized and characterized by making and doing, not consuming.  Both the learning process and learning outcomes are important, and students document their journey along the way. As a culminating step, students share their learning through presentations and evidence-based discussions.
     
    3. We work and learn together to foster a collaborative environment.
    Teachers and students learn by doing, sharing and connecting to others. Learning is not defined by the walls of the buildings or the neighborhoods where we live; the world is our classroom.  We collaborate with stakeholders from every walk of life and all school partners are engaged in an array of opportunities in leadership, internships/fellowships, mentorships, and service learning roles. We are an integrated community of practice.  

     
     
    Tim Sisson
    Curriculum & Instruction Manager, K-12 STEM Education
     
    Maxine Jackson
    Curriculum & Instruction Flexible Content Expert, K-8 STEM