The STEM Network is an initiative that will allow 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 will begin in June 2019 - with the intent to add 3-5 schools each year - goal is to grow this STEM Network in the Los Angeles area to upwards of 60 schools.
The schools will 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, design thinking framework for lessons and a shift in classroom environments to STEM spaces with modular, flexible furniture, technology and other resources.
The roll out of the STEM program model will take place in one grade band for each school - adding a second grade band the next year for the schools. After 3 years, the STEM model will be throughout the whole school. Each school will have an indoor STEM space per grade band (3 total per school) where the STEM competencies are taught in an interdisciplinary approach with the appropriate resources and technology.
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 (ELA, Religion, Social Studies) & Literacy Block
Professional Development for all faculty and staff (Embedded Support)