current systems are not preparing enough students --especially girls, high poverty, and minority students-- for innovative, high-paying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics jobs.

PROCESS:

Developing students' STEM identity and literacy

SOLUTION:

STEM instruction is vital to the development of the modern workforce. No matter the field a student may pursue, critical thinking skills and the ability to flexibly solve problems are critical. MCESA offers a variety of tools, professional development services, and consulting services to support educators with creating the conditions for successful STEM instruction.


MCESA collaborated with Arizona STEM Network on the research, design, and implementation model for the STEM Immersion Guide in individual schools and throughout school districts. It is written as an overarching framework to help chart a course for integrating STEM education in individual schools and through school districts.

The STEM Immersion Guide contains key design considerations specific to the categories of leading, teaching, learning, evaluating, budgeting, and sustaining within each of the four different STEM school models:


Download the STEM Immersion Guide flyer.

The STEM Walk-through Protocol is designed to be used by an instructional leader based upon 5 to 10 minutes spent in each classroom. It provides structure and allows for data capture regardless of the part of the lesson observed (beginning, middle, or end).


Download the STEM Walkthrough Protocol flyer.

Download the STEM Walkthrough Protocol flyer.

Download the STEM Leadership Series flyer.

Download the STEM Leadership Series flyer.

The STEM Leadership Series consists of courses for professional learning aligned to the Leading Observation Instrument elements and effective implementation of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. Each course can be delivered through face-to-face training either directly to leaders or through a trainer-of-trainer model. Implementation guides and MCESA coaching services are also available to support in facilitating successful professional learning for leaders. 

MCESA can also customize courses and follow-up support for schools and districts.

Contact darcy.moody@mcesa.maricopa.gov for more information.


Session 1 Getting Ready: Framing/Data

Use the STEM Immersion Guide to gauge current strengths. Define data question(s) related to STEM implementation. 


Session 2 Data Analysis

Analyze current data to develop a theory of action including potential benchmarks for monitoring effectiveness. Introduction to the STEM Walk-through Protocol. 


Session 3 HIGH FUNCTIONING TEAMS / SYSTEMS THINKING

Design systems for an effective school leadership team. (Principal and Leadership Team) 


Session 4 Action Planning / Vision 

Create an action plan and public narrative to engage members of the school community and garner support for a STEM change initiative.  


Session 5 Vision / Strategic Conversations 

Identify Stakeholders key to the success of the STEM change initiative and plan strategic conversations for both supporting and opposing influences.

Self-Paced Supports - Launching the Tools: Access an online portal with support for implementing STEM tools with your staff. 


Session 6 Distributed Leadership

Explore strategies effective in increasing distributed leadership and building capacity to support a STEM change initiative on your campus.

Self-Paced Supports - Understanding the Difference Between a STEM Lesson and a Typical Science/Math Lesson: Access an online portal to observe two lessons (1 STEM / 1 Science or Math) and use the STEM Walk-Through Tool to record evidence of best practices and identify the differences between the lessons with your staff.  


Session 7 Understanding Resistance

Create a plan to implement strategies for managing resistance to change and adjusting support. 


Session 8 Sustainability 

Use systems thinking, resiliency, and healthy leading to ensure sustainability of a STEM change initiative.

Self-Paced Supports - Analyzing Your Data Determining Next Steps: Use the results from the STEM Walkthrough Protocol to support your staff with data analysis.  


Session 9 Closing and Celebrations

Use data to evaluate the effectiveness of the STEM Initiative and plan for adjustments for the upcoming year. (Principal and Leadership Team)  

MCESA is partnering with 100K in 10 to build the STEM capacity of 106 school leaders. By 2020, more than 2,120 Maricopa County math and science teachers will be developed, supported, and retained.

Workshops have been developed to support teachers and teacher-leaders with effective STEM integration. Workshops are offered quarterly at MCESA, or can be contracted to be customized and delivered at a school or district site.

Contact darcy.moody@mcesa.maricopa.gov for more information.


Exploration Using the Science and Engineering Practices

During this very interactive workshop, participants will examine an open-ended investigation for a specific interdisciplinary science/engineering task that includes exploration and inquiry.

Topics include designing lessons to include 3 dimensional learning with an emphasis on the science and engineering practices, and identifying how incorporating ELA, close reading, strategies can help reinforce science instruction. 


Infusing Inquiry Standards in Every Lesson

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In this highly engaging workshop, participants develop/refine their understanding of science concepts through participating in the process of inquiry.

Topics include identifying how incorporating inquiry standards in every lesson enhances instruction and understanding.


STEM Pro Live! is a free, live, monthly broadcast of a STEM professional sharing from his or her workplace. STEM professionals tell students about their journey, then answer questions in real time from students. STEM Pro Live! contributes to creating a STEM identity in students by connecting them with diverse STEM role models. Learn more about developing a STEM identity here.

STEM Pro Live! has featured engineers, app developers, researchers, business owners, and other STEM professionals from companies and agencies including Intel, Medtronic, the Arizona Coyotes, Maricopa County Air Quality, Freeport McMoRan, Arizona State University, and Butterfly Wonderland.

STEM Pro Live! broadcasts are the third Wednesday of every month (excluding June, July, and August) from 9:00 to 9:30 am.


Download the STEM Pro Live! flyer.

Engineering STEM Identity was created to develop STEM identities in students that otherwise might not have that opportunity. We empower school systems to tackle this challenge by supporting students, developing teachers, and empowering school leaders.

Engineering STEM Identity has two goals:

  • Increase students's achievement and engagement by redesigning course content to develop STEM identity.
  • Increase teachers' effectiveness and competence in implementing redesigned course content and instructional practices.

Contact the Engineering STEM Identity Project Director, Gale Beauchamp

gale.beauchamp@mcesa.maricopa.gov  | 602-372.7295

Download the Engineering STEM Identity flyer.

Contact STEM Administrator Darcy Moody

darcy.moody@mcesa.maricopa.gov

602-506-6520