CDE STEM Update - Colorado State Plan CTE

Report
STEM Education in Colorado
Violeta Garcia, PhD
STEM Education Coordinator
April 2013
Together We Can
Vision
All students in Colorado will become educated and
productive citizens capable of succeeding in a globally
competitive workforce.
Mission
The mission of CDE is to shape, support, and safeguard a
statewide education system that prepares all students
for success in a globally competitive world.
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Goals
Students
Successful students
Prepare students to thrive in their education and in a globally competitive workforce.
 Ensure every student is on track to graduate postsecondary and workforce ready.
 Increase achievement for all students and close achievement gaps.
 Ensure students graduate ready for success in postsecondary education and the workforce.
 Increase national and international competitiveness for all students.
Great teachers and leaders
Educators
Ensure effective educators for every student and effective leaders
for every school and district.
 Increase and support the effectiveness of all educators.
 Optimize the preparation, retention, and effectiveness of new educators.
 Eliminate the educator equity gap.
Outstanding schools and districts
Schools/
Districts
State
Build the capacity of schools and districts to meet the needs of
Colorado students and their families.
 Increase school and district performance.
 Turnaround the state’s lowest performing districts and schools.
 Foster innovation and expand access to a rich array of high quality school choices for students.
Best education system in the nation
Build the best education system in the nation.
 Lead the nation in policy, innovation, and positive outcomes for students.
 Operate with excellence, efficiency, and effectiveness to become the best SEA in the nation.
 Attract and retain outstanding talent to CDE.
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Driving
Questions
Students
Educators
Schools/
Districts
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What do we want
students, educators,
schools, and districts to
know and be able to do?
How will we
know if
expectations
are met?
How will we respond
when help is needed
and to support
continued growth?
Assessments
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RTI
PBIS
Targeted interventions
IEPs
Educator quality
standards
Educator
evaluations
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Induction
Mentoring
Professional development plans
Remediation plans
Performance
indicators
School and
district
performance
frameworks
• Unified planning
• Priority
• Turnaround
Colorado Academic
Standards
Colorado Race to the Top
STEM Elements
October 2012
Background: Race to the Top
Phase 3
 Total Grant & Awardees
 $200 million awarded to seven of the nine unfunded finalists
from Phase 2 Competition
 CO, LA, KY, AZ, IL, PA, NJ
 Applications had to select activities from Phase 2
 Colorado’s Share
 $17.9 million over four years (Dec 2011-Dec 2015)
 $8.9 million state share
 $8.9 million local share
 Disbursed based on Title 1A share
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Key Components of the Grant
“The power of
Colorado’s
agenda—and the
driving force
behind this
application—lies in
the connection and
integration of
these four
concepts. “
Integration of Reform Efforts:
Leveraging & expanding statewide capacity
Funding for Each Component
at the State Level
State Capacity
• $ 1.9 m
• Coordination
• Alignment
• Communi-cation
• Resource bank
Content
Collaboratives
• $ 3.0 m
• National
researchers
• Assessment
review
• Technical
advisory
committee
Educator
Effectiveness
• $ 3.5 m
• System design
• Piloting
• Regional training
STEM
• $500,000
• STEM
Coordinator
• STEM in Action
Program
Focus of STEM RTTT Work
 Ensure integration of STEM content in instructional tools and
resources
 Create the STEM in Action program
 Grant program to begin in 2012-13 school year
 Connect educators and students to STEM opportunities
 Priority on reaching traditionally underserved populations and
reducing proficiency gaps for these student groups
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Allowable STEM Activities
for RTTT LEAs
 Integrate STEM content across curriculum
 Provide professional development to LEA staff using applied
STEM content
 Connect educators with STEM resources outside of the
classroom
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Content Collaboratives
 Review of assessments for possible use in Colorado classrooms
through the Content Collaboratives.
 The work of the Content Collaboratives is supported through
RTTT funds and the STEM Coordinator was a key member of the
math and science content groups
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Colorado Districts Sample
Curricula
 The STEM Coordinator is a member of CDE’s Office of Teaching
and Learning and has been deeply involved in the development
of teacher-created STEM integrated sample curricula.
 Samples for 1st, 8th, and HS.
 Goal is to create one STEM integrated unit sample per grade
level P/K-12 during our next workshop May 8th-10th.
 The final phase of Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project
will:
 Bring together Colorado teachers and district leaders to create instructional units
based on the curriculum samples
 Produce at least one full instructional unit at every grade and for every content
area that reflects a model of educators working together to plan for the
instruction of all students
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Curriculum
Standards
An organized plan of instruction
that engages students in
mastering the standards
Textbooks
Instructional
Materials
Resources
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STEM Instructional Resources
 Creation of a STEM Integration video
 This presentation contains a brief definition of STEM, STEM
integration, and explains 10 different modes of integration.
 Unique features of STEM Samples
 This presentation provides an overview of the STEM samples and
the unique components. It features the 8th grade sample: Creating
a Safer World.
 Partnership with eNetColorado to create
 A library of STEM resources
 A hub for all the STEM curriculum samples
 A map with all of the STEM programs throughout the state.
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STEM in Action Subgrant
 Launched with the release of a Request for Proposals on
February 6, 2013.
 The focus of this program is on building the capacity of teachers
and providing opportunities for teachers and students to
connect to STEM opportunities outside of their classrooms to
support their curriculum within their schools.
 The program is designed to engage populations traditionally
underrepresented in STEM fields in rural areas through
partnerships between school districts, community organizations
and postsecondary education programs.
 Initial awards will be made on May 2013.
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Purpose
 The purpose of the STEM in Action grant program:
 To create great experiences in STEM placing the learner (k-12 student)
at the center of the experience.
 To build the capacity of teachers to meaningfully connect science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning inside and
outside of the classroom.
 To connect educators and students to the everyday work of scientists,
engineers, high-tech workers, and researchers in Colorado’s labs,
universities, museums, and companies.
 One possibility: the development of STEM-related resources such as videos,
virtual field trips, video conferencing and other multimedia.
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Purpose (cont.)
 Priority for consideration
 Programs that will serve students historically
underrepresented in STEM careers who live in rural areas
 Populations historically underrepresented in STEM (Girls/women, Latino,
African American/Black, and Native American Students) from other areas in
Colorado
 Students in rural areas who have little or no exposure to STEM experiences
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Needs and Assets
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(Strickland, 2010)
Needs and Assets
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(Strickland, 2010)
Needs and Assets
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(Strickland, 2010)
Partnerships
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Creation of partnerships to inspire
students in STEM through
experiential learning
The framework is predicated on
the logic that great experiences in
STEM learning requires the active
partnership of industry, education,
and the community as illustrated in
the diagram
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Industry can include organizations
that represent business sectors or
non-profits
Community can include community
organizations, or informal education
institutions (e.g., museums,
libraries, higher education)
Student
experiences
in STEM
Expanding Student Learning
When we intentionally integrate…
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Coherent and rigorous academic standards
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Innovative and engaging learning options
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Supported and effective educators
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Aligned and meaningful assessments
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Statewide and district accountability
We can personalize learning and
ignite the potential of every student.
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Questions?
Violeta Garcia, PhD
STEM Education Coordinator
Garcia_V@cde.state.co.us
April 2013
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