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21st Century Skills and Problem Based Learning
STEM is the focused, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creative problem solving, and requisite skills that are rigorously applied and integrated with real-world lessons.
Why Integration and STEM?
STEM is an equitable focus on requisite skills and knowledge in science and mathematics that nurtures students’ creativity and cognitive dispositions. In our district, students work to build their abilities to collaborate, think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Students have ownership of their learning and are more engaged. They will build genuine interests that can mature into stackable and portable credentials.
Educators that follow STEM pedagogy are developing PLCs that are based on efficient instructional design, collaboration, and visible learning strategies. This facilitates the use of learning targets with clear success criteria. It helps build stronger communication and leadership skills and makes the process of evaluations and SLOs easier. Most teachers also increase their content knowledge and develop cooperative relationships with colleagues that make work more enjoyable.
Administrators and Leaders
STEM is a great way to increase collaboration among faculty and staff. The creative problem-solving/engineering method can be used facility-wide to improve the implementation of learning targets, feedback and other visible learning strategies. STEM philosophy can be used by administrators to develop a culture of collaboration and motivation. This may also lead to greater stability and higher teacher retention. STEM’s real-world applications can also lead to increased community engagement. Business and other organizational partners will be easier to attract and maintain when educators develop STEM related skills.
Our District has partnered with Utah Valley University to develop a stronger knowledge of STEM subjects for our K-6 teachers.
The essential information for the program is as follows:
Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM beginning on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Classes meet either at Provo High School (1125 North University Ave. Provo, UT 84604, Room D1-16) or at the Grandview CTE Classroom (1591 North Jordan Ave, Provo, UT 84604).
There will be at least one full Saturday field trip per semester.
This is a two year program which will have teachers committing to four semesters of classwork during two school years and to summer coursework in 2018 and 2019. Twelve of the eighteen credit hours earned can be applied towards the Masters in Elementary STEM Education Degree offered by Utah Valley University.
Summer coursework is kept to a maximum of 10 days. This summer coursework is field based and takes teachers away from their families for up to 5 days at a time.
STEM School Designation
Applications are available.
If you plan to pursue a STEM Designation for your school, please contact the Teaching and Learning Department for assist and support of your efforts.
21st Century Skills and STEM Professional Development
Innovative Initiative in the Classroom
Engaging Students in 21st Century Learning through STEM
Nature and Place-Based Learning
Applied Book Study
Visible Learning for Mathematics
To find out how our partners can support your school or classroom please contact Teaching and Learning via email email@example.com
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