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Indiana STEM Schools Designation Application and Rubric

Topic(s): STEM SchoolsGrade Level: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Network: Indiana STEM Resource Network Purpose: The Indiana STEM School application assists schools in recording their programming, identifying strengths and weaknesses and prepares them for a site visit. The Indiana STEM School Implementation Rubric guides schools in where their programming currently falls, helps guide future work, and encourages best practices. Both are integral parts of the STEM... Read More ›

Washington Career Readiness Workshop Playbook

Grade Level: College, High School, Middle School

Network: Washington STEM and Washington MESA Purpose: This playbook offers a step-by-step guide for how to hold a successful Career Readiness Workshop targeting middle and high school students, as well as post-secondary students seeking STEM internships and employment. Included are example materials from an event hosted in January 2016 by Washington State MESA as well as... Read More ›

North Carolina STEM School Attributes and Rubrics

Topic(s): STEM SchoolsGrade Level: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Network: NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center Purpose: The STEM attributes tool is a checklist of characteristics that are hallmarks of programmatic quality in STEM education. The rubrics for elementary, middle and high schools are intended to be used to benchmark STEM schools or programs. Usage: These tools have been used by numerous schools across NC and... Read More ›

MOU with Ohio Department of Education for STEM Schools

Topic(s): Network Management, STEM SchoolsGrade Level: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Network: Ohio STEM Learning Network Purpose: The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an example of how a state network can contract with a state Department of Education to manage the certification of STEM schools. Usage: The Ohio STEM Learning Network used the MOU to define its and the Department of Education’s role in Ohio STEM school designation process. ... Read More ›

Ohio STEM School Reviewer Packet

Topic(s): STEM SchoolsGrade Level: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Network: Ohio STEM Learning Network Purpose: The Ohio STEM Learning Network offers to review draft applications for any school seeking STEM designation in Ohio. Reviewers are recruited from OSLN partners and they use the same rubric as the STEM Committee when providing feedback to applicants. Each application is reviewed by at least 2 reviewers and... Read More ›

Tennessee Platform School Design Principles

Topic(s): STEM SchoolsGrade Level: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Network: Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) Purpose: The Design Principles were developed to provide a framework to consider when structuring new STEM schools. Usage: The Design Principles have been used to guide the opening of ten platform schools across Tennessee. More info on the schools: http://thetsin.org/contact/ Impacts: Along with being used to guide the development... Read More ›

Indiana STEM Strategic Plan

Topic(s): Network Management

Network: iSTEM Resource Center Purpose: Indiana STEM Strategic Plan guides the improvement of STEM education across the state and close achievement gaps in STEM. Usage: The plan has guided the state’s implementation of STEM education across Indiana. Impacts: The strategic plan provided the vision for our STEM work in the state. As a result we... Read More ›

D.C. STEM Network Communication Plan 2015

Topic(s): Communications Strategy

Network: DC STEM Network Purpose: The Communications and Outreach Plan is the culmination of planning meetings that led to concrete target audiences, the best way to reach those target audiences (indicators), how to implement those strategies (interventions), and how to evaluate it (evaluation measures). The Communications and outreach Plan is aligned to the DC STEM... Read More ›

Arizona Community College STEM Pathways Guide

Topic(s): Program DevelopmentGrade Level: College

Network: Arizona STEM Network Purpose: The Pathways Guide is a strategic framework that provides an easy to use roadmap for researching, planning and implementing STEM Pathway programs. The Guide walks adopters through a structured process to set up a planning and assessment team, perform an online assessment to identify gaps, strengths, and priorities, and, develop... Read More ›

New York State STEM Quality Learning Rubric

Topic(s): Program Development

Network: Empire State STEM Learning Network Purpose: This tool is intended to be used for implementing, building, and strengthening new STEM focused programs. The STEM Rubric can be a guide for continuously improving STEM learning in K-20 and informal learning settings. In addition, this tool will allow for a more cohesive approach to STEM education... Read More ›

South Carolina Innovation Configuration Maps

Topic(s): STEM Schools

Network: South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science Purpose: The S²TEM SC Innovation Configuration (IC) Maps are designed to identify and describe the major components of STEM schools and provide guidance for implementation of STEM programs. The Maps provide focus, clarity, and direction to schools in setting, implementing, and monitoring goals that lead to successful... Read More ›

South Carolina Theory of Action for STEM Success

Topic(s): STEM Schools

Network: South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science Purpose: The Theory of Action for STEM Success is intended to guide thought and action for those who seek to work systemically to improve student learning in STEM. It is an adaptation of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Theory of Action. We take our adaptation a few... Read More ›

Tennessee STEM Strategic Plan

Topic(s): Network Management

Network: Tennessee STEM Innovation Network Purpose: The plan was developed to endure Tennessee will have the competitive and skilled workforce it needs to prosper in a STEM-driven economy. This strategic plan provides state, regional and local policy leaders and STEM stakeholders clear direction on aligning STEM policies, practices and partners – from K-12, higher education and... Read More ›

Washington STEM Framework for Action and Accountability

Topic(s): Network Management

Network: Washington STEM Purpose: The Washington STEM Framework for Action and Accountability is a research-based tool laying out key STEM indicators and strategies. The Framework is designed to spur greater coordination, smarter investments, and measurable results across organizations and stakeholders in order to align work toward measurable results in STEM education. Usage: The Governor’s STEM... Read More ›

Oregon STEM Hub Backbone Effectiveness Tool

Topic(s): Network Management

Network: Oregon Statewide Purpose: This is a self-reflection and guidance tool aimed at assisting regional STEM partnerships understand their roles, and offers ways for those partnerships to assess their effectiveness. Usage: This instrument is being used by 11 STEM Hubs and 13 Regional Achievement Collaboratives (another collective impact initiative in Oregon). Impacts: This tool is... Read More ›

D.C. STEM Landscape Surveys

Topic(s): Network Management

Network: DC STEM Network Purpose: To determine access to and availability of PreK-12 STEM learning opportunities for students in school and out-of-school, professional development for educators, and mentors and volunteers for students and educators. in the District of Columbia. The Landscape Surveys were completed in response to a request from the community at the Asset... Read More ›

Arizona STEM Club Guide

Topic(s): Program DevelopmentGrade Level: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Network: Arizona STEM Network Purpose: The purpose of this guide is to provide users with a clear understanding of shared characteristics, attributes and benefits of STEM Clubs. Teachers and administrators can use the guide to support the process of setting up a STEM Club or improve an existing club. Potential funders and industry representative can... Read More ›

T-STEM Design Blueprint

Topic(s): STEM Schools

Network: Educate Texas Purpose: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Educate Texas support T-STEM Academies in order to concentrate state and local efforts for improving math and science achievement among Texas students. The T-STEM Academies Design Blueprint is intended to serve as a road map for the growth of STEM academies. The Academies use the... Read More ›

New York State STEM Quality Learning Rubric

Topic(s): STEM Schools

Network: Empire State STEM Learning Network Purpose: This tool is intended to be used for implementing, building, and strengthening new STEM focused programs. The STEM Rubric can be a guide for continuously improving STEM learning in K-20 and informal learning settings. In addition, this tool will allow for a more cohesive approach to STEM education... Read More ›

Arizona STEM Implementation and Immersion Guides

Topic(s): STEM Schools

Network: Science Foundation of Arizona and the AZ STEM Network Purpose: Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and the AZ STEM Network created both the STEM Immersion Guide and the follow up STEM Implementation Guides. The STEM Immersion Guide was created as a tool to help educators establish and implement a vision for 21st century schools and... Read More ›

Washington STEM Network Memorandum of Understanding

Topic(s): Network Management

Purpose: The STEM Network Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines roles and responsibilities between a lead STEM organization and their regional network partners. Usage: The MOU has been used to guide the relationship between Washington STEM and our STEM Networks, laying out roles, responsibilities, and alignment of goals for the duration of the relationship. The STEM... Read More ›

Tennessee STEM Advocacy Kit

Topic(s): Communications Strategy

Network: Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) Purpose: This Advocacy Kit was put together with the intent of making it easier for our partners to advocate for STEM education through letters or emails to legislators and corporate partners. Usage: Regional hubs and schools used this kit to advocate for policies and legislation that supported STEM education.... Read More ›

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