Harmony Public Schools STEM Program

What is T-STEM?

T-STEM is a state initiative that stands for Texas – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is a collaboration program between Educate Texas and the Texas Education Agency. T-STEM Academies are designated by the Texas Education Agency and serve as demonstration schools and learning labs, which develop innovative methods to improve science and math instruction.

T-STEM Mission

Increase the number of students entering post-secondary studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics T-STEM Objectives The T-STEM mission is to provide students access to and create a solid foundation in programs designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology.

T-STEM Objectives

  • Facilitate the promotion of quality school leadership that supports school redesign efforts, quality teacher recruitment and improved teacher preparation
  • Assist in the long-term educational and economic development, and alignment of these fields
  • Increase the number of women and minority students that go into STEM fields
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary STEM projects

Harmony Science Academy Laredo T-STEM Blue Print Products

Benchmark 1 School Design

1 Annual Training and PD Calendar and Plan for Teachers

2 Mentor/ Induction Program Plans

3 T-STEM Leadership Meetings and Agenda Notes

Benchmark 2 Target Population

4 Written admission policy and enrollment application

5 Written recruitment plan including a timeline of recruitment and enrollment events, and recruitment materials for distribution at feeder schools and other appropriate locations in the community

6 Brochures and marketing in Spanish, English, and/or other relevant language(s)

7 Written communication plan for targeting identified audiences, parents, community members, school board, higher education personnel, etc.

Benchmark 3 Strategic Alliances

8 Meeting agendas and minutes, with action items and decision logs

9 Final, signed, and executed MOU with IHE

10 Final, signed, and executed MOU with business/industry partner

11 A list of strategic partners with each member’s organization, title and role in providing work-based learning for students by grade level

Benchmark 4 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

12 Four-year crosswalk document

13 Master schedule

14 Curriculum alignment documents

15 Testing calendar and schedule for TSI, ACT, and SAT

16 Documentation detailing a minimum of three course of study examples that outline student pathways from high school, to associate degree, to industry certifications and beyond

Benchmark 5 Work-Based Learning

17 Documentation of appropriate work-based learning experiences available for students at all grade levels (6-12)

18 (A) Current dated regional high demand STEM occupation list

(B) Current dated regional high demand STEM occupation list: Texas Employment Outlook

19 Aggregate data describing T-STEM student participation in work-based learning experiences as well as percentage of students earning industry certification and credentials by type

20 Samples of student artifacts such as writings, portfolios, presentations, or links to digital content

Benchmark 6 Student Support

21 Bridge program calendar and curriculum

22 Tutoring and other intervention/remediation program schedules

23 Calendar of family outreach events

24 Schedule of regularly scheduled counseling/advisory events and records of completion for these support services

STEM Integration K-12

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