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Sustaining

This describes the processes implemented by all stakeholders (district, community, industry) in planning and maintaining a quality STEM-based school/program that is integrated into the annual budget.

Sustaining at the Exploratory Level involves program development with an initial “start up” focus. By creating ongoing program evaluation and gathering reliable data, the goal is to build the initial program to the more comprehensive levels.

The sustaining process:

  • Establishes leadership and support through development of common goals and mission
  • Establishes collaborative team to provide feedback based on assessments and evaluations
  • Establishes plan for materials replenishment
  • Builds capacity
  • Collects feedback and refines program implementation from students, teachers and parents
  • Establishes a two-year fiscally responsible budget plan to ensure sustainability of school/program
  • Establishes connections to businesses and industry representatives with emphasis on work place competencies
  • Provides project/product development protocols to assess student success in the STEM program
  • Develops grant writing initiatives with business, industries and university partners to fund, expand, or supplement the program
  • Assists in the development of a K-12 STEM pipeline with an end in mind to determine who the students are and where they will be going.
  • Strives to be “future focused”

 

Sustaining at the Introductory Level involves program development with a long-term focus, ongoing program evaluation, consistent policies, reliable data and community interest and support.

The Sustaining Process:

  • Ensures that strategic plan and annual action plan addresses investment in professional development for personnel
  • Establishes leadership and support through development of common goals and mission
  • Establishes collaborative team to provide feedback based on assessments and evaluations
  • Establishes plan for materials replenishment
  • Builds capacity
  • Collects feedback and refines program implementation from students, teachers and parents
  • Establishes a two-year fiscally responsible budget plan to assure sustainability of school/program
  • Establishes connections to businesses and industry representatives with emphasis on work place competencies
  • Provides project/product development protocols to assess student success in the STEM program
  • Develops grant writing initiatives with business, industries and university partners to fund, expand, or supplement the program
  • Assists in the development of a K-12 STEM pipeline with an end in mind to determine whom the students are and where they will be going.
  • Works with Arizona STEM Network, Higher Education and others to validate effectiveness of school’s innovative curriculum, instruction and assessment as evidenced by student achievement and readiness for college, career and STEM industry

 

Sustaining at the Partial Immersion Level involves program development with a long-term focus, ongoing program evaluation, consistent policies, reliable data and community interest and support.

The Sustaining Process:

  • Establishes leadership and support through common goals and mission
  • Establishes collaborative team to provide feedback based on assessments and evaluations
  • Ensures that strategic plan and annual action plan address investment in professional development for personnel
  • Establishes plan for materials replenishment
  • Builds capacity
  • Collects feedback and refines program implementation from students, teachers and parents
  • Establishes a three- to five-year fiscally responsible budget plan to assure sustainability of school/program
  • Establishes sustained connections to businesses and industry representatives with emphasis on student mentor/internships, career counseling and workplace competency skills.
  • Provides project/product development protocols to assess student success in the STEM program, shadowing and internships
  • Develops grant writing initiatives with universities, Arizona STEM Network, industry, etc.
  • Assists in the development of a K-12 STEM pipeline with an end in mind to determine who the students are and where they will be going.
  • Works with Arizona STEM Network, Higher Education and others to validate effectiveness of schools’ innovative curriculum, instruction and assessment as evidenced by student achievement and readiness for college, career and STEM industry.

Sustaining at the Full Immersion Level involves program development with a long-term focus, ongoing program evaluation, consistent policies, reliable data and community interest and support.

The Sustaining Process:

  • Establishes leadership and support through common goals and mission
  • Establishes collaborative team to provide feedback based on assessments and evaluations
  • Ensures that strategic plan and annual action plan address investment in professional development for personnel
  • Establishes plan for materials replenishment
  • Builds capacity
  • Collects feedback and refines program implementation from students, teachers and parents
  • Establishes a five- to seven-year fiscally responsible budget plan to assure sustainability of school/program
  • Establishes sustained connections to businesses and industry representatives with emphasis on student mentor/internships, career counseling and work place competency skills.
  • Provides project/product development protocols to assess student success in the STEM program, shadowing and internships
  • Develops grant writing initiatives with universities, Arizona STEM Network, industry, etc.
  • Assists in the development of a K-12 STEM pipeline with an end in mind to determine whom the students are and where they will be going.
  • Works with Arizona STEM Network, Higher Education and others to validate effectiveness of schools’ innovative curriculum, instruction and assessment as evidenced by student achievement and readiness for college, career and STEM industry.
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