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HOW TO GROW a New STEM School. Initiating & Supporting STEM Education. Why STEM? . The Imperative 2 million to 3 million unfilled positions due to lack of workers with basic technical skills. (10 million such openings before 2020). A 2-year degree in STEM field > 4-year liberal arts

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how to grow a new stem school

HOW TO GROWa New STEM School

Initiating & SupportingSTEM Education

why stem
Why STEM?
  • The Imperative
    • 2 million to 3 million unfilled positions due to lack of workers with basic technical skills. (10 million such openings before 2020).
    • A 2-year degree in STEM field > 4-year liberal arts
  • The Purpose
    • Supply basic & professional job force needs
    • Solve world problems through innovation
    • Expand economic opportunities for all
    • Train 10K new STEM teachers in 10 years
partnerships
Partnerships

PartnerShort Term Long Term

  • Industry Recruitment Innovation
  • Business Global Markets ?
  • Tech Youth Markets Global Dev.
  • Consortia Collaboration Interdisciplinary
  • LEAs (districts, state & federal depts.)

Achievement New Models

governance
Governance
  • Collaborative Structures–

Steering committees, Teacher Councils, Parent Councils, Union relations, consortia

  • Critical: Ask, what will be innovative about our structure?
  • How will our structure help break the factory school model?
resources the ask
Resources & The “ASK”
  • Identify micro & macro
    • Micro—local
      • Aiken Env. Example: Mt. Airy Forest, MSD, hospitals
    • Underutilized teacher – leader talent
    • Redirect ordinary funds
    • Grant Writing
    • Federal & Industry Initiatives
    • Consortiums
choosing a model that works
Choosing a Model That Works
  • Public? Private?
  • Cultural—Constructivism?
  • Curriculum—think global
  • Instructional Modes Teachers as Fonts of Knowledge or Active Learning? PBL?
  • Experiential Modes—Intersessions, Teacher-led, Stations, discreet skill models?
building school culture
Building School Culture

INTERNAL

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Core Values
  • Linguistics
  • Discipline

alignment

EXTERNAL

Community, PR, Funder Relations, Alums, Competitors

student teacher recruitment
Student & Teacher Recruitment
  • Guerilla Marketing
  • Aligning Staffing with Cultural Goals
  • T2 Interview Process
    • Caveats
    • Team Task
caveats interviews
Caveats & Interviews
  • Transparent Classroom
  • Fishbowl
  • New School, high energy required
  • Unified decisions & execution
  • Tech learning curve
  • Commitments--specific

Questions: PBL, Tech List, Clubs, Team niche, Inference, Interdisciplinary, Accomodation/Modifications, Dual course scenario,

data framework
Data Framework
  • Data infusion into governance
  • What will you measure and why?
  • Testing, assessment frameworks
  • Validated surveys
  • Invite university research + AR
  • Student voice in data analysis
  • University partner is critical
technology
Technology
    • Digital Divide, cloud computing, platform
    • Alignment with culture & structure
  • Planning approach & the politics of budgets
  • Purposeful purchases
  • Mobile Learning
  • Think like a 14-year old!
intersessions advisories
Intersessions & Advisories
  • See, hear, do, teach:
  • Experiential Learning modes
  • On campus: building & grounds
  • Walking neighborhood
  • Student involvement in planning
  • Advisory models, SEL, CASEL
pitfalls challenges
Pitfalls/Challenges
  • Seems impossible!—lack of resources
  • Understanding district politics
  • Finding allies
  • Getting parent support strong enough to command missing resources
  • Wearing out the staff!
  • Retention
  • Leadership continuity
rewards
REWARDS
  • Building a powerful organization with partnerships and unleashing the creativity of teachers—is worth millions
  • Getting your teachers & kids the credit they deserve --jillions
  • Knowing you helped kill off the factory model—PRICELESS!