Are you interested in implementing STEM into your School?
Join the Laveen STEM Advocates on their Journey!
The Laveen STEM Advocates
program was initiated by Dr. Joe Roselle, the Director of Grants and
Partnerships for the Laveen School District.
Dr. Roselle began this collaborative partnership between 20 schools in
eight different districts, all with an interest in implementing STEM programs
within their schools. The schools have
committed to meet five times during the school year, each with a goal of
developing a targeted, strategic plan for STEM immersion.
STEM education is an
integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning that provides hands-on and
relevant learning experiences for students. STEM teaching and learning
goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge. It engages students and
equips them with critical thinking, problem solving, creative and collaborative
skills, and ultimately establishes connections between the school, work place,
community and the global economy. STEM also helps students understand and
apply math and science content, the foundations for success in college and
The 20 schools, supported by
Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), Maricopa County Education Service Agency
(MCESA), Grand Canyon University, Rio Salado, the Arizona Business Education
Coalition, and the Arizona Department of Education STEM leadership team, began the
process by using the STEM Immersion Guide to ascertain their current level of STEM immersion. The Guide developed
by SFAz and MCESA describes four levels of immersion from Exploratory,
Introductory, Partial Immersion and Full Immersion. The schools took a self-assessment designed to
help target their initial levels. They
will either go deeper into their current level or move up a level. In addition, each level contains program
descriptors in six different categories; Leading, Teaching, Learning,
Budgeting, Evaluating and Sustaining.
The schools will each select
a site specific Design Team
made up of Superintendent (or Assistant Supt.), Parents, Higher Education
Member, Students, Geographically Significant Employer, Principal, District
Board of Education member, Teacher(s), District Level Finance Employee and
Civic Leaders. The Design team works to grow the STEM program organically
within the community. Each site will have a different strategic plan based on
the mission, vision, goals and objectives of their specific districts.
In addition to learning
strategies for integrating STEM into their schools, the partners will each be provided current
professional development opportunities by STEM service providers, an extensive
list of resources to business partners, and a collaborative network to share
ideas and best practices.
To join this group of dynamic
educators contact Dr. Joe Roselle at: firstname.lastname@example.org