By Matt Levinson
As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here's a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community.
1. Organize a teacher research and development team to dig deep into STEM learning by having these teachers read widely on the topic, visit local businesses and industries engaged in STEM work to interview real-world practitioners to find out what students need to be successful in these fields. This group can be comprised of 6 to 8 people and can act as the steering group for beginning an exploration of STEM learning in a school community.
2. Have the team lead several faculty meeting times to have teachers engage in the conversation around STEM, and to explore and develop STEM-related learning experiences in classrooms. This creates a safe space for learning and experimentation and provides a feedback loop for teachers as they try to understand the components of STEM lesson and unit design.
3. Invite parents into the conversation by organizing parent focus groups around STEM careers. Find out among the parent body who works in a STEM field and mine their knowledge and expertise to identify the key core competencies essential for success in a STEM career.