The STEM Network Excelling STEM Education Programs in Los Angeles
The STEM Network is an initiative that allows us to formalize and implement STEM education in cohorts of elementary schools, while addressing some of the startling statistics related to STEM majors and jobs - especially for underrepresented groups. The first cohort of 3 schools began in June 2019 - with the intent to grow the reach of the STEM Network and STEM Learning in the Los Angeles and Ventura/Santa Barbara area. Currently, the STEM Network is comprised of 6 schools and 1 partner school. Learn more about our schools in "Our Schools" tab.
The schools follow a program model focused on STEM with key features (found below) such as specialized math/science teachers starting in Kindergarten; block scheduling to allow for authentic STEM; real world learning, Project Based Learning framework for lessons and a shift in classroom environments to STEM spaces with modular, flexible furniture, technology and other resources. Each school has 3 STEM classrooms, one per grade band, where the STEM competencies are taught in an interdisciplinary approach with the appropriate resources and technology - in addition, all school subjects are taught using a Project Based Learning approach
STEM Program Goals
Equip and empower STEM proficient students that will be able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems using rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content .
Create STEM proficient students that are innovative thinkers, effective communicators and are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate to prepare them for jobs that have yet to be created.
Create a STEM Learning Ecosystem [school (teachers/admins/staff)→ parents → professionals → community partners/organizations] to support STEM Education on all levels for all constituents.
Specialized Math and Science Teachers starting in Kindergarten
Block (flexible) schedule: i.e. STEM Block, Humanities Block (Religion & Social Studies) & Literacy Block (ELA)
Professional Development for all faculty and staff (Embedded Support)