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Science Foundation Arizona

Arizona STEM Network

October, 2011

Brief history
Brief History

  • 2006 – Established by the Governor and State Legislature as a 501c3 non-profit public/private partnership to diversify and strengthen Arizona’s economy and be a catalyst for high-wage, knowledge-based jobs

  • 2008 – SFAz launched STEM Initiative with a commitment from Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation and to focus on STEM education

  • Since 2007, $16M has been invested in STEM programs impacting 260,000 students and 5,500 teachers

Arizona stem network creation
Arizona STEM Network Creation

  • 2010 – Refined SFAz STEM mission with support from Gov. Brewer (Economic Recovery), Helios and others to create the Arizona STEM Network.

  • Purpose: to UNIFY, LEVERAGE AND ALIGN resources and efforts toward better student outcomes consistent with Arizona Education Reform Plan.

Stem defined
STEM Defined

  • “STEM” means to employ a method of teaching and learning that goes beyond mere transfer of knowledge – it aims for a deep understanding of subject matter and its implications in answering questions and solving problems of local and global importance.

  • In the context of broader educational reform, STEM is a vehicle for improving education outcomes not only in math and science but also in language, social studies and arts.

  • It is an Intra-disciplinary approach to learning that provides project-based and relevant experiences for students.

  • Challenges students to not just “ know and learn”, but to “do.”

Stem network plan outreach
STEM Network Plan –Outreach

Collaborative effort of over 800 individuals including:

  • SFAz Board and STEM Advisory Council

  • Expert Work Groups in STEM, Funders

  • National forum of state leaders in STEM

  • Exemplary leaders, teachers, STEM schools

  • Town hall meetings in all 15 counties, coordinated with County Superintendents

Stem network plan observations
STEM Network Plan -Observations

  • Coordination of efforts is critical

  • Shortage of STEM teachers and access to quality STEM professional development and education opportunities

  • Significant desire to pursue STEM in schools

  • Clear need for ongoing support and relationships

  • Build stronger partnership with local businesses

  • Better relationships between K-12 schools and higher education

  • Produce quality and qualified information, tools and resources

  • Measure performance, adapt accordingly, continuously improve

Stem network plan conclusions
STEM Network Plan -Conclusions

  • Systemic approach

  • More effective way to capture and disseminate knowledge and best practices

  • Stop focus on “programs”

  • Assist schools and districts in STEM integration that meets their unique needs

  • More strategic investment model and leveraging of resources

Old Funding Model




NEW Funding Model





Return on Investment (ROI)


Arizona STEM Network

Strategic Plan Implementation

Results 





Informal Programs

Schools and





Knowledge Management

 Results

Network SYSTEMS Model:

Anticipate work beginning

January 1

College and Career Readiness

International-benchmarked, state-adopted standards


Help schools integrate quality STEM education in schools

Focus funds on rural schools

Schools receive seed funds

Schools access and implement resources from STEM School Guide to achieve desired STEM level


STEM Advocates



Actively provide support

Understand STEM and Common Core


Develop talent to engage students

Pre-service and

In-service PD

Authentic experiences

SFAz/TFA focus on

rural teachers

Knowledge Management

 Continuous Improvement

 Show Results  Tools and Information  Quality Data  Resource Bank

 Identify, collect and support the creation of curricula and professional development

Integrate stem in schools
Integrate STEM in Schools

  • Collaborative effort with ESA’s and STEM school leaders

  • Specific but flexible strategies for integrating STEM into schools

  • Philosophical and cultural shift to intra-disciplinary, inquiry-based and hands-on teaching and learning that is rigorous and relevant

  • Resource bank connecting to effective programs

  • Immersion Matrix that details steps and strategies for:

    Foundations How To Roadmap Leading Learning Evaluating Budget Sustainability Resource Bank Teaching