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De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts is a high-achieving magnet school with project-based and collaborative-learning environments and makerspaces. A few years ago, however, De Anza, part of Ventura USD in California, was a low-achieving middle school with declining enrollment and at risk of closure. 

De Anza decided to become a 1-to-1 technology school to engineer a turnaround, which intrigued Alex Wulff, who is a STEM instructor at De Anza, but it also left him with a question.

10/17/2017

K12 STEM programs are evolving, incorporating new tools and technologies to better prepare students for rapidly changing college and career environments. Makerspaces, drones, coding and robotics are all part of this next generation of STEM learning that is just beginning to have an impact in districts.

10/4/2017

While STEM education has become a priority for K12 educators and policymakers, ensuring equity of access to high-quality STEM programs for all students remains challenging. Districts are stepping up to this challenge in innovative ways, using creative strategies to provide these learning opportunities equitably to all student populations.

When Teasley Middle School in Cherokee County, Georgia, opened for the 2013-14 school year, teachers and administrators were looking for an opportunity to help students in grades 6 through 8 better understand STEM learning content. 

Teasley is a Title I school with more than half of its students receiving free or reduced lunch. It also has the highest percentage of English language learners and students with disabilities among middle schools in Cherokee County School District, which has 41,800 students and is 40 minutes north of Atlanta.

The maker movement is poised to transform K12 learning. Makerspaces—workshop areas that provide tools and raw materials for students to invent, create, collaborate and learn—reinforce STEM skills and enable more authentic learning. While there are a variety of ways to design and build makerspaces, there are some key strategies administrators can employ to ensure their program is successful.

As increasing STEM teaching and learning continue to be goals of many districts, administrators are looking for tools that help encourage more students to pursue future careers in these fields.

Created in conjunction with Rice University, STEMscopes is a comprehensive and hands-on K12 science curriculum that serves more than 1.4 million students online. It provides numerous intervention and acceleration activities as well as teacher support resources. These activities can be delivered in customizable ways that can be adapted to unique teaching and learning styles.

Year: 
2014

These real-world videos highlight jobs from different industries so students can connect educational concepts to college and careers. The videos depict how workers use math, language arts, science and technology. A diverse group of workers with varying educational backgrounds is interviewed to show students the skills they need to achieve their goals.

Year: 
2014

Using community engagement, professional development, custom curricula and digital resources, the leaders of Oak Ridge Schools in Tennessee hope to transform the district into a recognized leader in STEM education.

As a comprehensive online STEM curriculum program, STEMscopes provides classrooms with hands-on inquiry and problem-based learning activities, such as interactive games and virtual science labs. It also gives teachers lesson plans and intervention tools. STEMscopes has a variety of student assessments, including multiple choice exams and open-ended response tests.

Year: 
2013

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