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STEM Philosohpy


Purpose

The purpose of the Englewood School District’s STEM program is to foster an environment to support student acquisition and practice of the Colorado Department of Education’s 21st century skills which are comprised of critical thinking and reasoning; information literacy; collaboration; self-direction; and invention.   The program will actively engage students in practicing specific 21st century skills readiness and competencies for the content areas of Science; Math, Reading, Writing, and Communication; Social Studies; and Visual Arts.


STEM Ideology

STEM education removes the artificial barriers that isolate content and allows for an integrated educational experience. STEM education allows students to develop life skills and apply content knowledge within a real world context. STEM education is active and focuses on a student-centered learning environment. Students engage in questioning, problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities while they address real life issues. In STEM education, teachers function as classroom facilitators. They guide students, as necessary, through the problem-solving process and planning of projects that lead to mastery of content and STEM proficiency. STEM proficient students are able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content in a seamless fashion. STEM proficient students are logical thinkers, effective communicators and are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate.  


Englewood STEM Program’s Use of Colorado Academic Standards and the Gradual Release Model

 

The main focus of the Englewood School Districts STEM Program is to provide an educational arena for students to further explore and grow content area specific 21st century skills readiness and competencies through projects of their own design and implementation. 

 

While content area teachers continue to strive to embed these skills within their classrooms, the STEM lab setting provides students a learning environment free from the pressure of needing to learn new content as the main focus of the classroom, but rather initially focuses on what students already know. 

 

With every student having their own foundation of content specific knowledge, STEM facilitators will guide student engagement in the processes of practicing the Colorado Department of Education’s recognized 21st century skills and the ideals of project based learning.  As students delve into their projects, they will inevitably outgrow their knowledge base and begin the process of furthering their education on their own via self-directed research.


 The Englewood School District STEAM Pyramid

Our STEM Program will allow students to develop a mastery of the skills necessary to compete in the 21st Century Career and Post Secondary Education Settings while also acquiring professional level skills specific to their chosen pathway



 
 
 
 
 
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