STEM Education in Catholic Schools Matt Kloser, Ph.D. Director, Notre Dame Center for STEM Education
Myth #1: We need to make sure we don’t slight anyone in the name STEM STEAM STREAM eSTEeM STAMPER 7 SUBJECT SCHOOL DAY
STEM Definitions • “...an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy” (Tsupros, Kohler, & Hallinen, 2009).
STEM Definitions • Integrated STEM: STEM is viewed not as separate subjects, but as a pedagogy in which disciplines like science, technology, engineering, and math are indistinguishable from innovation and therefore the arts. • S.T.E.M./S.T.R.E.A.M.: A collection of subjects that all students take - science, tech, engineering, math, the arts, and religion - with the hope of integration across disciplines.
Reynoldsburg eSTEM & STEM Elementary • Design Cycle Application • Collaborative Learning Space • Capstone/STEM Block • Extensive Teacher Team Collaboration Time • University Partnership
STEM AcademyCritical Components STEM Infused Curriculum Project Based Learning Rich School Culture Innovative Tech Use Formal/Informal Opportunities Real World STEM Partners Qualified STEM Faculty Inclusive STEM Mission
Pairs or Triads Discussion As the instructional leader in your Catholic school, discuss the following: • Which truths do you need to promote or which myths do you need to dispel about STEM Education to your school community? • What do you see as the best first steps for effectively integrating STEM elements in your school?
Major Decision Points School Culture Instructional Leadership • Catholic Identity • Vision • Mission • Grad @ Grad Curriculum Scope & Sequence (Schedule) Teacher/Admin PD Plan Student Assessment Capital & Material Improvements Extra/Co-Curricular Programs Executive Management 6. Communication & Marketing 7. Program Evaluation
Curriculum Scope and Sequence http://changetheequation.org/improving-philanthropy/stemworks