The Office of STEM & Strategic Initiatives provides support and resources to schools, facilitating the design and implementation of high-quality, sustainable Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning environments, leading to effective STEM education for all students and accelerating students’ preparation for postsecondary success.

Core Belief Statement: “We Are Developing Tomorrow’s Innovators” by…

  • Improving principal and teacher capacity to deliver high-quality, STEM-focused learning experiences and environments
  • Improving STEM academic readiness
  • Increasing interest and awareness of STEM topics and careers
  • Improving STEM career preparation

Expected Outcomes

  • Create a pipeline and pool of highly-qualified STEM teachers
  • Increase the percentage of minority students, specifically African-American, Latinos, and girls enrollment/participation in STEM courses
  • Increase engagement and awareness of STEM and STEM-related fields
  • Improve percentage of students meeting and exceeding performance expectations for standardized exams
  • Increase percentage of students graduating with STEM credentials
  • Increase matriculation in post-secondary education for STEM-related fields
  • Increase the number of students prepared for jobs in STEM fields

Critical Components to Support High Quality STEM Education

We have identified the following critical components to supporting a high quality STEM education for students:

  • Mission Driven Leadership: Leadership creates a pervasive STEM culture and pursues opportunities to enhance STEM learning and minimize competing initiatives.
  • School Structures and Culture: School has structures in place (e.g. strong STEM culture is evident in student and staff behaviors, clear emphasis on 21st century skills, etc.) to support the goals of all 7 critical components.
  • Institutional Capacity: School has high-quality teaching staff (STEM content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge) and exceptional facilities and supplies.
  • Instructional Approach: Pedagogical strategies support STEM culture, practices, and mindset. Teachers enhance student learning through authentic performance assessments, project-based learning, standards-based instruction, technology integration, cooperative learning, personalization, and cross-curricular instruction.
  • K-12 Programs of Study: Course content is rigorous at all levels and adheres to state and national standards. There is a strong STEM sequence, as well as strong engineering and computer science content.
  • STEM Career Pathways: Formal and informal learning about STEM industries and professions occur both during school and beyond typical school day/week/year. In high school, these pathways connect to postsecondary STEM education and/or STEM careers.
  • External Partnerships: Partnerships with STEM professionals and the community enrich learning opportunities for students. Partners may include business/industry, university/college, informal learning institutions.

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