STEM Program Development Model
Starting a new STEM program, especially one that integrates a variety of subjects and innovative teaching strategies can be an adventure! The most effective and sustained STEM programs begin with quality leadership and that leadership begins with YOU! A supportive Administrator sets the stage for all of the exciting facets of STEM Program Development.
The path towards successful STEM implementation begins with identifying a STEM philosophy, which includes your mission and vision and will define and drive your program throughout its development. Through strategic planning and shared decision-making a STEM school leader can help his/her staff create an exciting, rigorous program that meets the needs of the students, parents and community. The STEM Immersion Guide, STEM Implementation Guides and this Proposed STEM Program Development Model can help plan your journey….You will notice the inter-connectedness of the development model. Like the acronym of STEM itself, the best programs are the combination of separate topics “integrated” into one. Great teaching and deep meaningful learning begin with exceptional leadership.
Additional STEM Program Model suggestions:
What characteristics are necessary for LEADERS as they move across the levels of STEM Immersion? Visit this link that describes the roles of the district/site administrator as the change agent leading the series of strategic initiatives needed to become a STEM-based school/program. See: http://stemguide.sfaz.org/leading/
What characteristics are necessary for effective EVALUATION of STEM Immersion programs? This link describes the processes used to gather qualitative and quantitative data elements and observations necessary to evaluate effective STEM schools/programs. See: http://stemguide.sfaz.org/evaluating/
What characteristics are necessary for effective BUDGETING of STEM Immersion Programs? This link describes the process of identifying costs related to personnel, facilities, equipment and supplies in STEM schools/programs. See: http://stemguide.sfaz.org/budgeting/