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Administrators at Downey USD faced a challenge: How could they create sustainable professional learning communities with 500 elementary school teachers and nearly 23,000 students? Their solution was STEAM Team.

Lennox Schools of Engineering

When the Lennox Elementary School District learned that few Hispanic and female students were applying to university engineering programs, school leaders acted.

Minnetonka Research

In 2010, both Minnetonka middle schools launched an accelerated science curriculum for students with an advanced level of content knowledge, innate curiosity and passion for science.

Lead Next Generation of Innovators

With test scores declining in math and science, the Center Grove Community School Corporation knew it had to bolster its STEM programs.

Bangor High School STEM Academy

Over the next five years, one in seven new jobs in Maine will be in STEM-related areas, according to the Maine STEM Collaborative March 2012 report.

Creating Curious Learners through K5 STEM & Entrepreneurship

It’s never too early to start STEM learning. At Barrington 220 School District, fifth-graders are tackling the subjects.

“Fresh INC Marketplace” is a new innovative eight-week program that launched last fall. And it could be the nation’s first elementary school entrepreneurship curriculum.

Fresh INC Martketplace teaches fifth-graders the skills needed to create, launch and monetize their own businesses. The district partners with the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, which provides business mentors to help students develop their business models.

Missouri Innovation Campus

Administrators from Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Missouri were concerned that many students were graduating from high school and college steeped in loan debt and without enough experience to secure a job.

The Missouri Innovation Campus program is a partnership between the district, the University of Central Missouri, Metropolitan Community College and local businesses that reshapes the way students experience high school and college education.

The Texarkana Model for STEM Professional Development

Upon launching an extensive K12 STEM program, Texarkana ISD partnered with Texas A&M University-Texarkana to design a professional development model, training teachers and administrators in the design, delivery and monitoring of a rigorous, research-based STEM curriculum.

Innovative STEM Teaching and Learning

Cuts in state education funding inspired Cherry Creek Schools in suburban Denver to develop a partnership with NASA, Colorado State University and other colleges to bring STEM instruction to all of the district’s buildings and students.

The district believes “every student is a STEM student and every school is a STEM school.” Cherry Creek’s initiative, launched in 2014, includes elementary, middle and high school STEM task forces to develop curriculum. Higher education partnerships provide ongoing professional development and coaching for teachers.

iTEAM KiDS Technology Ambassador Program

In fall 2014, Yuma School District One had a wealth of technology, yet minimal opportunity for students to create digital content or develop skills to prepare them for college and careers. Administrators developed the iTEAM KiDS Technology Ambassador Program that year, and it quickly spread to all 17 elementary and middle schools in the K8 district of 8,000 students.